"Simply a wicked cool singer/songwriter." (Nashville City Paper)
"Mahan is a very effective vocalist, but that’s telling you nothing you didn’t already know. Her emotions are front and center on the disc, but what truly shines even brighter here is the songwriting."
(Chuck Dauphin, Music City News)
"Of the many songwriters to call Nashville home, Steff Mahan is arguably one of the most talented and most giving...She delivers soulful but sweet powerhouse tunes wrapped in a deliciously down to earth alternative country style." (Out & About Magazine)
Lydaco Music & Booking is pleased to represent these outstanding artists. To inquire about availability and/or to make an offer, contact Vicki at email@example.com.
Photo by Kari Bedford
"To me there's something special about a songwriter who in a few words paints pictures of unbelievable depth and clarity. Ben Bedford to me is something special!"
"Ben is a songwriter's songwriter." (Jonathan Byrd)
“Ben Bedford has proven himself to be a truly inspired and talented storyteller…” (Maverick-UK)
BEN BEDFORD (Springfield, IL)
Bedford establishes himself as a songwriter in the tradition of musical icons ranging from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape. A true son of the heartland, Bedford dips into the deep inkwell of classic American literature and writes with the ‘old soul’ quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison.
In the past twelve years since the release of his first album, Bedford has played his songs for audiences all over the United States hitting notable venues such as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Folkstage in Chicago, and the Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His music has received extensive airplay on folk and roots radio in the U.S., as well as in Europe, taking him overseas on several occasions for concert dates on the continent and in the United Kingdom. Notable dates there include Izzy Young’s famed Folklore Centrum in Stockholm, Sweden, Toogenblik in Brussells, Belgium, and The Green Note in London, England. Bedford’s albums have charted highly on the Euro Americana charts and the Folk-DJ charts and his music has been played on National Public Radio’s Car Talk and featured in The Sounding Board, the official newsletter of the renowned C.F. Martin Guitar Company. In addition to independent terrestrial stations, Bedford’s music has received extensive airplay from syndicated programs such as “River City Folk” (syndicated by WFMT), “The Midnight Special” (syndicated by WFMT), BBC-Scotland, and the SIRIUS XM station “The Village”, all helping to gain Bedford a wider geographical audience.
In July of 2010, Bedford was named one of the “50 most significant Folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years” by Rich Warren of WFMT-Chicago. The list also included Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Anais Mitchell, Joni Mitchell, and John Prine. In May of 2018, Bedford was named one of the six Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk winners at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.
Bedford has recorded five studio albums: Lincoln's Man (2007), Land of the Shadows (2009), What We Lost (2012), The Pilot and the Flying Machine (2016), and The Hermit's Spyglass (2018). He will spend 2019 and 2020 touring in support of The Hermit's Spyglass.
STEFF MAHAN (Nashville, TN)
Sweet and soulful is the sound of Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Steff Mahan. With a voice that is pure and powerful and lyrics that are heart-crafted and rock-solid, it’s hard to not get hooked on the emotional truth that comes out of this born songwriter’s mouth. Mahan's entertaining Americana mix of rock, roots, folk and country has generated five albums, including her most recent release, Where I'm Coming From.
Mahan has graced the stages of such notable venues as Atlanta's Eddie's Attic, Nashville's The Bluebird Cafe, NYC's The Bitter End, Charlotte's The Evening Muse, and Birmingham's Workplay Theater. She has shared the stage with Patty Griffin, The Indigo Girls, Tift Merritt, 10,000 Maniacs, Blame Sally, Holly Williams and Antigone Rising.
Equally at home performing on a festival stage in front of thousands of people, or tucked into the corner of an intimate private house concert, Mahan plays music because she loves it and because she wants to share this love with others. It is exactly this desire that allows her to captivate an audience, take them on an intimate tour of her music and stay long after her shows talking to everyone, and to call nearly every person she meets a friend.
Mahan is currently recording a new album -so stay tuned for updates!