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Ben Weaver’s Mirepoix and Smoke is a stripped-down piece of beauty.  With just Anathallo’s Erica Froman adding harmonies, Weaver adds his own acoustic guitar, piano, banjo and an occasional drum, creating a purebred folk sound that keeps the “rust” in rustic. There’s a timeless appeal to modern folk songs such as “East Jefferson,” the banjo-led “Drag the Hills” and “While I’m Gone,” where Weaver sounds like an old farmhand who’s gotten hold of a tape recorder. The effect is more like a Smithsonian Folk Collection of Anthracite Miners than of a modern-day singer-songwriter. The album was recorded in three days and lasts just under half an hour. “Maiden Cliff” takes its lead from an old spiritual. “Split Ends” returns from the fields to the living room where Fromer and Weaver sit down for a song about the process of life, from youth to encroaching death. For such a short album, it presents a complete picture. It’s arguably Weaver’s finest album to date.

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Mid day huddles

If you close your eyes and listen to the lyrics that Mr.Weaver has written they invoke such feeling and emotion that you actually find yourself wrapped up into one of his far away hills or perhaps behind that six burner stove smelling Like mir piox and smoke. His best album yet!!!


Born: Eugene, OR

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Ben Weaver was born in Eugene, OR, but was raised primarily in St. Paul, MN. With music all around him growing up, Weaver knew that it would be a vital part of his life. The musician dropped out of college after one year and began traveling. This was important for Weaver, gaining the experience he would use to formulate his songs. In 1999, the singer released his debut album, El Camino Blues, on Unit Three Records. The album featured Greg Brown, as well as help from Tony Glover. Weaver then toured...
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