Ben Bedford – Portraits – CD

Ben Bedford – Portraits – CD



About Ben Bedford’s ‘Portraits

..something truly special..(5 stars out of 5 – Rock ‘n Reel / Nicholas John)

His expressive vocals and exquisite guitar work underpin a series of thought provoking character studies which rank amongst the finest examples of understated Americana that you’ll be likely to hear in this or any other year. (Kevin Bryan – Messenger Newspapers UK)

Ben Bedford picks a mean guitar, writes good, workmanlike songs with excellent lyrics (Bob Leslie – Fatea Records Magazine)

There are touches of Gordon Lightfoot or Townes Van Zandt in these songs, but John Steinbeck is surely the greater touchstone. Bedford is a boon of a storyteller, a true heir to the classic US folk singers (AmericanaUK / Mark Johnson – 8 /10

Es ist nordamerikanischer liedermacherstil vom Feinsten…Ben Bedford ist einfach eine wichtige Entdeckung (Folk Magazin)

Op Portraits vinden we twaalf meesterwerken van de man uit Illinois. (Nederlands Dagblad / Herman Veenhof)

..the songs have a sense of place and time and evoke the true spirit of Americana.( / Alan Allan Wilkinson – 4 out of 5 stars)

Ben Bedford’s voice is warmly expressive, emotive and personably believable, with a resonance to his guitar playing that evokes thoughts of Bruce Cockburn. He’s a gifted storyteller of vivid and engaging tales. (David Pearson – Spiritrocks / Roots in August)

…..marks Ben Bedford as an intelligent and tasteful singer/songwriter whose sense of writing is that of a person deeply rooted not only in history but in the resonances that those stories still have today. These are portraits that will linger for some time. (Stephen Rapid –

‘Portraits’ is a high end set of beautifully performed and written songs that will delight on many levels. (Folk Radio UK)

This curated selection of songs from around ten years ago feels more relevant than ever in 2020. (


  1. Lincoln’s Man. (8:11)
  2. The Sangamon. (5:14)
  3. The Only Story.           (4:17)
  4. What We Lost. (4:59)
  5. John The Baptist. (3:47)
  6. Guinevere Is Sleeping (3:17)
  7. Twenty One. (4:25)
  8. Amelia. (3:52)
  9. Land Of The Shadows  (For Emmett Till).     (4:55)
  10. Migrant Mother. (4:43)
  11. One Night At A Time (4:22)
  12. Goodbye Jack (5:08)