Primarily raised in small-town Texas, Ben Kweller has been playing music and writing songs since he was just a kid. As a teenager he formed the band Radish, a trio who recorded two independent releases and soon found major labels knocking on their door. Radish then signed to Mercury Records to release their debut studio album “Restraining Bolt”, following it up with multiple European tours and appearances on late night television. The record deal eventually dissolved and a 19 year-old Ben Kweller moved to New York to embark on his solo career. He then hooked up with ATO Records, the label founded by Dave Matthews, and released his first solo album, “Sha Sha”, in 2002. The single “Wasted & Ready” became a radio hit and Kweller was well on his way to stardom. In 2003 he connected with Ben Folds and Ben Lee to form a short-lived supergroup fittingly known as The Bens, then released two more solo albums while touring the world and playing shows with the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, Incubus and the White Stripes. In recent years he moved his family to Austin and released two more solo albums, bringing the total to six. Kweller’s fifth and latest album, “Go Fly A Kite”, is the first to be solely released by his own record label, The Noise Company.
Ben Kweller – Wasted and Ready