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Brendan Benson Biography

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Born: 1970/11/14
Birth Place: Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
Years Active: 1996 to present
Genres: Rock, Indie Rock, Power Pop, Alternative Rock

Brendan Benson was born on November 14, 1970 in Royal Oak, Michigan and is an independent musician and songwriter. To date Benson has released five solo albums and is a member of the band The Raconteurs. Benson's debut album, “One Mississippi” arrived in 1996 on Virgin Records and featured several contributions with Jason Falkner. The album was a hit with Benson's growing fan base and music critics alike; however poor album sales resulted in Benson being dropped by Virgin. Benson decided to hit the road and began to play small venues all over the U.S. with his band, The Well Fed Boys, which included long-time friend Woody Saunders on the drums and Topper Rimel on Bass. The group played alongside the Portland group, Heatmiser, featuring Elliott Smith.

It would be six years before Benson released his follow-up album, “Lapalco” in 2002. The album enjoyed moderate commercial success, with the song, “Good To Me” appearing on the English television hit show, “Teachers.” The song was also covered by The White Stripes. Benson hit the road once again in support of the album, appearing at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. 2003 saw the EP, “Metarie,” from Benson and his band The Well Fed Boys. 2005 marked the release of Benson's third album, “The Alternative to Love,” followed by a U.S. and U.K. tour. The album peaked at #70 on the U.K. Albums Chart at a time when Benson's popularity began to surge in Europe and England. Around this time Benson and Jack White of The White Stripes began to work together and call themselves, The Raconteurs, which also consisted of Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler. The Raconteurs debut album, “Broken Boy Soldiers” emerged in 2006, with “Steady, As She Goes” as the first single.

The Raconteurs second album, “Consolers of the Lonely” arrived two years later in 2008. Benson continued to collaborate with other artists, such as his girlfriend Britt, Ashley Monroe, and Raconteurs touring member Mark Watrous. 2012 saw the fifth studio album from Benson arrive, “What Kind of World” on his own label Readymade Records.