Neck of the Woods Presents
The Dull Richards, Ben Brown
406 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA, 94118
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Aaron Ford is a singer-songwriter who lives in San Francisco. His musical style is based in folk, Americana and blues.
Hailing from a small, coastal town in Northern California, he began playing the guitar and writing songs as a teenager. His original influences were blues musicians such as John Lee Hooker, BB King and Albert King. Other influences include classic rock artists such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin.
He found inspiration and gleamed his own style from listening to Ben Harper, Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell; though he’s never consciously tried to emulate their styles, their popularity during his teenage years undoubtedly influenced his sound. He’s developed a distinct vocal style all his own, delivering lyrics clearly, with purpose and confidence in a deep and compelling tone.
Aaron writes most of his songs by simply trying out new riffs on his guitar and singing along until a tune begins to form. From there, a story will unfold and a full song comes together.
He’s currently working on an EP that will be available Spring 2013.
The Dull Richards
The Dull Richards is a non-traditional string band that plays folk/bluegrass/rock music.
Benjamin Brown is a singer/songwriter living in Oakland, CA.
He is a self-taught guitarist who is mainly inspired by the musicians from the aspiring immersion of blues artists in the early part of the 20th Century.
Born in Chicago, his family traveled the country during his childhood, where they ultimately settled in rural areas of Northern California. At age 16, soon after Ben found his love for guitar, he suffered an accident leaving him with three quarters of a ring finger on his right hand – what he now uses for the signature beat you hear in most of his music.
When Ben began performing, he wowed audiences at local public events and assemblies. He moved to Berkeley when he was 19 where he and his brother formed a simple, yet empowering band named Devil said Maybe - with whom he performed around the Bay Area for 2 years. Since then, his music has mellowed, singing and playing as a solo artist with a smoky draw, influenced by artists in the likes of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howlin' Wolf, Blind Willie Johnson, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Doors and The Rolling Stones (to name a few). His lyrics suggest a sense of salvation, as he writes about triumphing a ruthless evil. However, his seemingly melancholy sound, when listened to closely, encourages an uplifting message.
You can find this rugged bluesman, with his 1951 vintage Gibson cutaway in hand and a tattered notebook of lyrics at foot, at a plethora of venues in San Francisco and surrounding areas.