Sit yourself down and give a listen to Ben Ballinger‘s 2011 full-length release, Fabrication. At times, it may be challenging because there aren’t any white-washed musings, no softened blows. Ballinger bears his soul without censorship. The images are stark, haunted. The message is always clear. No bull. No rose-tinted lenses. And because of this, Ballinger leaves a strong impression long after the music has stopped.
His work has been described as psychological folk-blues, and indeed, it does delve deeply into the psyche. Fabrication disarms you with a darker folk palate unleashing an unbridled intensity. Throughout, there is a heavy soul, and a powerful, unwavering voice singing of freedom, injustice or loss.
Powerful, indeed. Ben Ballinger has put a new band together, and you have the opportunity to see him perform tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage. Rounding out the bill quite nicely is Jack Valen and Five & Dime. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.