Normally, when a musician is late for an appointment or an
interview, it is easy for the words “I’m sorry, I’m just so busy”
to automatically roll off of the tongue. Yet, when Ben Arthur made
such an average and human mistake, the words were different.
Instead of a plea for understanding, it was the simple admission,
“I’m not that busy, just stupid.” This humility and sense of humor
is a perfect explanation of who Ben Arthur is: a guy who has not
only been playing for more than a decade but also knows a thing or
two about sincerity.

Edible Darling, Arthur’s Bardic Records debut, comes off
as playful. The album’s cover features a menacingly peculiar
tomato, and the first song on the record, �Mary Ann,�
features similar offbeat humor. The first single off of the album,
the song stands as a plea to the perfect girl who won’t be more
than “zipper burn,” Arthur going so far as to plead “All this dry
humping must lead to something.”

Rest assured, however, that Arthur finds sincerity with the
album’s remaining catalog. The album has depth with a range of
themes that all delve, with varying approach and sound, into the
vast problems and troubles fit for a troubadour to sing. There is
an honesty and sensibility to Arthur’s music that is only matched
by his performance while on stage and demeanor as a person.

“The reason I [play professionally] is out of love for music,
love of art, the ability of communicating your particular world
view. It’s kind of narcissistic and self-involved but it is
satisfying. It’s a charge. It’s a thrill.”

Playing before a sold-out crowd at The Ark, Arthur was part of
what has been billed as The Modern Troubadours tour.
Untraditionally, the tour is a collection of shows where Arthur is
placed simultaneously onstage alongside three other “Extraordinary
musicians and song-writers.” The show progresses as each musician
plays while the others join the audience in watching, or step in to
add accompaniment. The show, an exhibit of artists not fighting for
the spotlight, is a reflection of an ideology Arthur seems to take
to heart.

“People talk about the end is near but as long as there is good
music getting out there, something has got to be going right.” For
me, [the pinnacle of my career] would be if I am able to continue
doing this as long as I want to do it, still taking risks and
screwing shit up.”

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