Known for his powerful vocals and captivating sound, singer-songwriter Ben Riddle has drawn favorable comparisons to the likes of Jose Gonzales, Thom Yorke, and Bon Iver for his earthy, energetic and versatile style. With simple lyrics and a natural acoustic underlay, Riddle's music is at once both private and universal.
As a country boy, growing up on a farm in rural Australia, Riddle climbed trees, dug for treasure and excepted old trophies pretending that he was Johnny Cash, but he didn't take music seriously until he was in his early 20's. Buying his first acoustic guitar and teaching himself at the age of 19, he found a special connection with all the melodies and ideas spinning around in his head and a way to fit it all somehow to music.
Rooted in folk style melodies, Ben’s songwriting is rich in harmonies and storytelling, whilst remaining an unpretentious and organic authenticity. For Ben, the recording process is where the songs really come to life. It is layering and building this musical picture for you to hear, complex with multiple harmonies, experimental percussion, and interweaving guitar sections to produce somewhat of a journey in each song.
Over the past 8 years Ben has toured Internationally in Europe, USA, Turkey, Asia and the UK. Ben has released over 7 solo studio records to date and has successfully crowdfunded his previous album Free As A Bird in 2015. Ben also tours internationally with collaborative alternative country folk music project Riddle & The Stars.
Ben Riddle in returning to Europe this summer of 2016, touring solo and performing songs from his latest crowdfunded EP work.
“ Flow is an exceptional follow up EP from Ben Riddle, full of emotive beautiful songwriting…every song is a journey.” Steve Cottrel (FBI Music, AUS)
“Ben Riddle will capture you with every performance. A brilliant performer, songwriter and creative engineer.” James Flanagan (Radio National).
“Free As A Bird is an outstanding album from one of Melbourne’s’ finest independent artists.” Lilly Taylor (NowMusic Magazine, UK).
"...so breathtaking that you never want it to end. Free As A Bird never turns into cheap sentimentality, and is clearly the work of a songwriter who has a lot to be happy about. It's a romantic experience." Nick Milligan (Reverb Magazine, AUS).