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Brendan Benson

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A Michigan-born songwriter who occupies the rockier end of the power pop spectrum (more indebted to the Who than the Raspberries, that is), Brendan Benson debuted at the age of 26 with a sterling first album, 1996's One Mississippi. He continued working as a solo artist for the better part of a decade, releasing three albums of his own while occasionally appearing on other artists' records. However, Benson remained a minor part of the musical mainstream until 2005, when he began collaborating with fellow Michigander Jack White of the White Stripes, forming a partnership that quickly turned into a four-piece band named the Raconteurs. The supergroup fared well on both sides of the Atlantic, with 2006's Broken Boy Soldiers and 2008's Consolers of the Lonely both cracking the Top Ten in the U.K. and America. Benson returned to his solo career in 2009, as the Raconteurs took an indefinite break and Jack White shifted his focus to the Dead Weather. Brendan Benson worked alongside songwriter Jason Falkner, former member of Jellyfish and the Grays, during the creation of his debut album. Falkner co-wrote over half the songs and produced the first version of One Mississippi, but Virgin Records rejected the album and sent Benson back into the studio with a new producer, Ethan Johns. Meanwhile, several of the Falkner-produced tunes were released via a limited-edition EP called The Wellfed Boy, which appeared not long after the revised version of One Mississippi came out. As major-label power pop albums are wont to do, One Mississippi sold fairly poorly despite receiving positive reviews, and Benson spent the next several years extricating himself from his Virgin contract while producing and appearing on other artists' records. Released in 2002, Lapalco marked his independent debut, and its critical success spurred Benson's return to the majors in 2005 with The Alternative to Love. Benson then joined with Jack White in forming the Raconteurs. The group released the aforementioned albums Broken Boy Soldiers and Consolers of the Lonely, and scored a number one single with "Steady as She Goes," which topped the modern rock charts in 2006. After playing with the band for several years, however, Benson struck out on his own with 2009's My Old, Familiar Friend, his fourth solo effort. In 2012, Benson returned with his fifth studio album, What Kind of World. Featuring the single "Bad for Me," the album was Benson's first release on his own Readymade Records label. He followed in 2013 with the rootsier tones of You Were Right. ~ Stewart Mason
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Albums by
Brendan Benson

    15 songs

    On Air

    You Were Right

    12 songs

    On Air

    What Kind of World

    11 songs

    On Air

    My Old, Familiar Friend

    12 songs

    On Air

    The Alternative to Love

    12 songs

    On Air

    Lapalco

    14 songs

    On Air

    One Mississippi

    1 song

    On Air

    Spit It Out [Digital]

    5 songs

    On Air

    Metarie [US EP]

    1 song

    On Air

    Red, White and Blues

    1 song

    On Air

    New Words of Wisdom

    1 song

    On Air

    Swallow You Whole

    1 song

    On Air

    Swimming

    1 song

    On Air

    Bad For Me

    1 song

    On Air

    What I'm Looking For (Ad Version)

    4 songs

    On Air

    The First Four Songs

    24 songs

    On Air

    Lapalco/The Alternative to Love

    4 songs

    On Air

    Upstairs at United, Vol. 1

    4 songs

    On Air

    Folk Singer


Top Songs by
Brendan Benson

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Alternative to Love
  3.   Cold Hands (Warm Heart)
  4.   Metarie
  5.   A Whole Lot Better
  6.   Bad For Me
  7.   Spit It Out
  8.   Diamond
  9.   Red, White and Blues
  10.   Folk Singer
  11.   Let Me Roll It
  12.   Tiny Spark
  13.   Don't Wanna Talk
  14.   Swimming
  15.   Bird's Eye View
  16.   Better Days
  17.   Crosseyed
  18.   No One Else But You
  19.   Gonowhere
  20.   The Pledge
  21.   The Fritz
  22.   Maginary Girl
  23.   Between Us
  24.   Eventually
  25.   Cherries
  26.   Light of Day
  27.   Misery
  28.   Garbage Day
  29.   Feel Like Taking You Home
  30.   What I'm Looking For
  31.   Me Just Purely
  32.   Insects Rule
  33.   Lesson Learned
  34.   House in Virginia
  35.   How 'Bout You
  36.   You're Quiet
  37.   Here in the Deadlights
  38.   As of Tonight
  39.   Swallow You Whole
  40.   Borrow
  41.   I Don't Wanna See You Anymore
  42.   Eyes on the Horizon
  43.   She's Trying to Poison Me
  44.   I'm Blessed
  45.   New Words of Wisdom
  46.   Oh My Love
  47.   Good to Me
  48.   Pretty Baby
  49.   Flesh and Bone
  50.   Feel Like Myself
  51.   Poised and Ready
  52.   What
  53.   Don't Go Where the Road Don't Go
  54.   Get It Together
  55.   Them and Me
  56.   Met Your Match
  57.   Just Like Me
  58.   Happy Most of the Time
  59.   Keep Me
  60.   I'm Easy
  61.   Rejuvenate Me
  62.   I'll Never Tell
  63.   You Make a Fool Out of Me
  64.   On the Fence
  65.   Purely Automatic
  66.   Pleasure Seeker
  67.   Come On
  68.   Sittin' Pretty
  69.   What Kind of World
  70.   Jetlag
  71.   Thru the Ceiling
  72.   It's Your Choice
  73.   Tea
  74.   Biggest Fan
  75.   Emma J
  76.   Gold into Straw
  77.   Got No Secrets
  78.   Long Term Goal
  79.   Life in the D
  80.   Meaning to Write
  81.   Son of a Welder
  82.   Unfortunate Guy
  83.   The Swamp
  84.   Jet Stream
  85.   Christy
  86.   [Untitled] by Jason Falkner
  87.   1. Spit It Out
  88.   2. Left & Right
  89.   3. Baby on Rug
  90.   4. Spit It Out (Video)
  91.   Baby on a Rug
  92.   [Untitled]
  93.   [Untitled]
  94.   Baby on Rug
  95.   Christopher's Revolt
  96.   Left and Right
  97.   Some Day
  98.   Simple Man
  99.   Strong Boy
  100.   Candidate
  101.   Strangers
  102.   Beyond Belief
  103.   Love Story
  104.   Go Decco
  105.   (Untitled)
  106.   (Untitled)
  107.   O My Love

Stations & Shows Featuring
Brendan Benson

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    Counting Crows: I Am the DJ

    On Air

    Jack White: DNA

    On Air

    Hair Of The Dog

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    Alt. Country

    On Air

    Take A Hike

    On Air

    Paul McCartney: DNA

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    Indie 500

    On Air

    Indie Sleepover

    On Air

    Indie

    On Air

    Eclectic Rock

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    The Current


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