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The Beaufort, South Carolina native, who makes California his home these days (busking on the Santa Monica Pier, as it turns out), is more Townes Van Zandt than Hootie & The Blowfish. Bostick understands that great lyrics, paired with dynamite musicians, is a recipe for seriously solid music.

Bostick wisely featured producer John Would (Fiona Apple, Warren Zevon) behind the board to co-produce Ben Bostick – and to great effect. Each instrument – acoustic guitar to harmonica to piano to fiddle, and more – pops out of the speakers, sweetening the songs coming from Bostick’s buttery baritone that, well, is utterly reminiscent of ol’ Waylon.

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