Ben Caplan Releases New Single From Upcoming OLD STOCK Album + Kicks Off U.S. Tour Next Month
A month ahead of his US Tour, folk-rock artist Ben Caplan releases "Plough The Shit,"the second single from his upcoming third album, Old Stock - out June 15 in association with Rhyme & Reason Records. On his latest album, Caplan combines timeless melodies with a contemporary folk-rock twist as he explores the immigrant experience with profound understanding and wry humor. Adapted from the acclaimed music-theater piece Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, the genre-warping album is inspired by the true story of two Jewish Romanian refugees coming to Canada in 1908. Following its seven week residency at New York City's 59E59 Theater, the play earned five nominated from this year's Desk Drama Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music, and Outstanding Director of a Musical. It was also met with rave reviews from The New Yorker, TimeOut, and New York Times.
Listen to "Plough The Shit" here
Through their travails, Caplan weaves a captivating concept album that reflects on modern issues from immigration to religion to sexuality through his darkly funny and urgently heartfelt songs. The sound is rooted in Caplan's resonant baritone voice, at times sounding like lamb's wool, and in another moment like steel wool, supported by a wide-ranging tapestry of piano, accordion, organ, clarinet, saxophone, violin, drums, and the occasional acoustic guitar. On Caplan's prior albums, the Balkan and Klezmer influences have accented songs bearing the influence of iconic artists like Bob Dylan, Jethro Tull and Tom Waits; here the balance tilts in the opposite direction, with folk songs appropriate to an early 20th-century setting performed with a devilishly modern gleam.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Caplan moved to Halifax for college but stayed when he discovered the city's rich and interwoven music scene. With his band The Casual Smokers, Caplan released two acclaimed albums, In the Time of the Great Remembering (2011) and Birds with Broken Wings (2015).
About Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Created in collaboration with playwright Hannah Moscovitch and director/co-songwriter Christian Barry, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story opened in Caplan's native Halifax, Nova Scotia and enjoyed a hugely successful run at the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival before making its Off-Broadway debut with a 7-week residency at New York City's 59E59 Theater, where it has been named a New York Times Critic's Pick. All of this with Caplan in the starring role. With his enormous beard, unruly mane, intimately booming voice and beguiling charm, Caplan has always had a striking stage presence, making his shift to the theatrical world a natural one. So too the subject matter of Old Stock, a natural fit for Caplan's unique blend of Jewish and Eastern European folk melodies with rootsy folk-rock songwriting.
"Plough The Shit" single artwork
Upcoming US Tour Dates:
June 12: Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works
June 13: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
June 14: Washington, D.C. @ Pearl Street Warehouse
June 16: Kennett Square, PA @ Kennett Flash
June 17: Richmond, VA @ The Camel
June 19: New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
June 20: Boston, MA @ City Winery
June 21: Portland, ME @ Empire
June 22: Northampton, MA @ The Parlor Room, Signature Sounds
June 23: South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge