Mar 27, 2014

Songwriters across Texas Music Video interview

Songwriters Across Texas Music Video interview with Ben Livingston about the story behind his song: "Walking to San Antonio" and then a serious house burnin' performance featuring Bill Browder and the Austin Wrecking Crew - at Strange Brew!

Mar 25, 2014

Ben Struts ALL his stuff in Lawrence, Kansas - Thursday March 27th 2014.

6:00PM - Thursday March 27th 6PM - Budig Hall

University of Kansas

Followed by a concert of

Ben's "unique brand of songwriting"

9:00 PM at The Jackpot Music Hall

  Lawrence, KS 

Feb 17, 2014

Yee Haaa! Time to get "Walking to San Antonio" with Ben on Songwriters Across Texas TV show!

Yee Haaa! Time to get "Walking to San Antonio" with Ben on Songwriters Across Texas TV show!

Click and queue up here on the vimeo at 8:24m for interview about why - followed by how... A serious house burnin' performance featuring Bill Browder and the Austin Wrecking Crew - at Strange Brew!

That's what I'm talking about!

Or

Click here for the song only without the interview.

Jan 17, 2014

New Song - "THE BEST REVENGE" by Ben Livingston

The Best Revenge - Ben Livingston
HOT OFF THE PRESS

Listen and Download HERE - NOW! 

With: BILL BROWDER, GLENN FUKUNAGA, JOHN HAGEN, LAYTON DEPENNING AND DENNY BRUCE

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/benlivingston4 

Dec 15, 2013

New Song - "Gadugi" by Ben Livingston

Written on set for friends of the feature film "The Cherokee Word for Water" Ben Livingston, Vocals and guitar Bill Browder, Baritone Guitar Beth Berman, Emily Beatty and the Rawson Saunders 5th grade choir Recorded by Layton DePenning, Austin, TX

The Cherokee Word for Water - trailer

The Cherokee Word for Water comes to AUSTIN!

Austin's December 5th sold out screening was a wonderful evening at the Bob Bullock Museum Spirit Theater.
 

The Cherokee Word For Water

  • The Cherokee Word For Water is a feature-length motion picture inspired by the true story of the struggle for, opposition to, and ultimate success of a rural Cherokee community to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of "gadugi" – working together to solve a problem.

    Set in the early 1980s, The Cherokee Word For Water begins in the homes of a rural Oklahoma community where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. After centuries of being dehumanized and dispossessed of their land and identity, the people no longer feel they have power or control over their lives or future.

    Based on the true story of the Bell Waterline Project, the movie is about a community coming together to improve its life condition. Led by Wilma Mankiller, who went on to become the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, and full blood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap, they join forces and build nearly twenty miles of waterline using a community of volunteers. In the process, they inspire the community to trust each other, and reawaken universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. The successful completion of the waterline sparked a movement of similar self-help projects across the Cherokee nation and in Indian country that continues to this day. 


      

Sep 25, 2013

Summer Fun on to Autumn.

SEPTEMBER 2013


"Our Time Now"

1963 ROLEX 1016 EXPLORER 

By Ben Livingston 

is complete 

See my story of what this is all about - click here:

'63 Rolex Explorer - My time now"

 

September 15, 2013 
Good times, good songs and sounds at KPFT Houston - Pacifica Radio - "Songwriter's Studio" with big brother Bill Browder. Houston, TX.
Thank you KPFT and Tom Tranchilla 

Here's the show "Songwriter's Studio Sunday Sept. 15 2013

Ben Livingston http://archive.kpft.org/index.php


September 14th 7:30PM

BEN LIVINGSTON

 Millbend Coffeehouse

With Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines 

The Woodlands

Houston, Texas

 If you're in Houston - Please come out and see Ben Livingston and Teri Hendrix + Lloyd Maines whup it up at Millbend Coffeehouse - 7:30 sharp! 
www.milbend.org


Or tune in to KPFT FM from ANYWHERE from 6-6:30PM on Sunday for Ben Livingston and his special Guest Bill Browder live on the air... For the second half of Ben's Houston show.
Thank you  Scott and Janis Pool and Teresa Allen of KPFT, Pat Hanna and everyone who came together to make this mighty love fest happen.  

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2013

Summer fun Every Thursday at Tom's Tabooley "SNUG ROOM" 


JUNE 2013

BEN LIVINGSTON 

and his song writing/guitar slinging compadre 

BILL BROWDER

SQUARE OFF TODAY AT HIGH NOON
for a

 SONG SWAP SHOWDOWN 
at the

AUSTIN -BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
STOP BY IF YOU ARE BEING HURLED THROUGH THE AIR TODAY.
Free admission with every TSA search.
South Terminal Austin, Ruta Maya,

Austin,TX 
USA


Jun 29, 2013

At long last! - The Cherokee Word for Water - Feature film trailer - Is here!

Published on Jun 27, 2013

The Cherokee Word for Water is a feature-length motion picture that tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Set in the early 1980s, The Cherokee Word for Water begins in the homes of a small town in rural Oklahoma where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. The movie is told from the perspective of Wilma Mankiller and full-blood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap who join forces to battle opposition and build a 16-mile waterline system using a community of volunteers. In the process, they inspire the townspeople to trust each other, to trust their way of thinking, and to spark a reawakening of the universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. This project also inspired a self-help movement in Indian Country that continues to this day.

The movie is dedicated to Wilma Mankiller's vision, compassion and incredible grace.

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Jun 6, 2013

On the road.. NYC!

On the road.. NYC!

The Alternate Root Magazine

Review of "Flesh and Bone" 

Ben Livingston only has three songs to get his unique brand of songwriting across on Flesh and Bone. He does the job nicely.

Ben Livingston is in line with a long line of Texan brethren songwriters. While his tradition matches that of Butch Hancock, Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and a bit of his fellow Texan singer/songwriters’ instrumentation, the final results all show a bloodline leading back to Ben exclusively.

Ben Livingston serves as the guide through his songs rather than just being the singer. Musically, the tracks glide, creating a space where his stories can live, breathe and share experiences and advice in the re-telling…..they become Flesh and Bone.

“Gasoline” is contemporary cowboy with the background harmony showing its Riders of the Purple Sage influences.


- Danny McCloskey, The Alternate Root Magazine




Listen and buy the music of Ben Livingston from HERE, AMAZON or iTunes


- The Alternate Root Magazine

May 16, 2013

Flesh and Bone. A collection of Three Singles by Ben Livingston Now on sale as mp3 downloads

"Flesh and Bone"

A collection of Three Singles by Ben Livingston

Produced by Denny Bruce

Now on sale as mp3 downloads at:

CD Baby

iTunes

Here on this site

Apr 2, 2013

Ben Livingston’s fingerprints decorate Austin and his musical sound has been heard literally around the world.

Ben Livingston Livens Austin Community Through Music and Neon Art

Ben Livingston Continental Club Gallery 2013

Ben Livingston and the That’s What She Said band at Continental Club Gallery

We have eyes to appreciate the icons that contribute to our local pride: murals that tourists take home on t-shirts, the buildings that compose our recognizable downtown skyline, the beloved local businesses that we would stand in front of bulldozers to protect.

But partly because so many Austinites are recent additions to the city, and partly because many of the most integral community architects work quietly behind the scenes, we don’t always know where credit is due.

Ben Livingston’s fingerprints decorate Austin and his musical sound has been heard literally around the world. A biographic tome could be written about his adventures and talents – and I would gladly volunteer as the first reader – but an exhaustive tale of Livingston’s life is beyond the scope of this Austinot article. Instead, my goal is to acquaint a new generation of Austinites with a neighbor worth knowing.

Leaving a Mark on the Continental Club

Continental Club sign in Austin

Iconic Continental Club sign, restored by Ben Livingston and Gary Martin (Credit: Jill Shih)

After an active era of bookings in the 1970′s, the Continental Club on South Congress degenerated into what Ben Livingston calls a “dark, closed dungeon of an out-of-business punk club.”

When current owner Steve Wertheimer bought the property in 1987 and met there to brainstorm his plans for restoring the Club, Livingston joined him. And on New Years Eve 1987, Livingston hired a craneto hoist the newly restored Continental Club sign up to its place at the front of the building. What many Austinites don’t know is that the commonly photographed Continental Club sign was repainted by Gary Martin, who also painted the P. Terry’s signs around town, and Ben Livingston restored the rest of the sign, including the intricate neon features.

Ben Livingston restoring Continental Club sign

Livingston restoring the Continental Club sign in his shop, 1987 (Credit:ContinentalClub.com)

All that to say that Ben Livingston and the Continental Club go way back. So it isn’t too surprising that Livingston has earned the privilege of utilizing the Continental Club Gallery during every SXSW since 2009. He single-handedly designs each year’s musical showcase himself, drawing from the wealth of friendships he has with locals musicians.

We set aside the last Saturday afternoon of SXSW 2013 to join Ben Livingston and his cohort at the Gallery. After a wait, we found a seat, grabbed a drink, and enjoyed the atmosphere. The hours were filled with mature sound and lyricism, courtesy of songwriters who have had enough of their own adventures to transform into storytellers.

Cherokee Word for Water Ben Livingston

Livingston wrote the song “Ga Du Gi” after his experience as an actor in a Cherokee film (Credit: Kristina Kiehl)

The music of the band members and soloists who took their turn at the microphone lacked the angst that has become standard among younger generations. When I asked Ben Livingston about the positive nature of his lyrics, he didn’t mince words:

“It’s easy to find solidarity in negativity…sad, brooding cynicism and irony are cheap parlor tricks that seem clever and appealing on the outside. But one doesn’t have to go very deep to see that those characteristics or style are a cop-out that deny us digging deeper and making the best of most all situations. I like to think that I am presenting a reasonable alternative to the collective paradigm of suffering.”

Livingston says that his songs are lyric-driven. Those lyrics are opinionated and on the folksy side, filled with stories and the quiet authority of a man who feels he has something to say. The refrain of his song “Best Revenge” echoes, “Doing good is the best revenge / Living right is the best revenge.”

Besides the Continental Club Gallery, his favorite Austin venues to perform at are Cactus Cafe, Flipnotics, Threadgill’s North and Tom’s Tabooley. Livingston states that these are all “listening venues” that complement his style well.

More Than Music

Beneon Art Austin Convention Center

Ben Livingston’s neon art displayed at the Austin Convention Center (Credit: Paul Bardagjy)

Livingston’s performance schedule isn’t as full as it used to be, as he focuses on another passion: neon art. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow with an active art career, his work can be found at the Austin Convention Center, Bass Concert Hall, and the University of Texas Performing Arts Center.

A “virtuoso kazzoist” who was cast in a Cherokee movie last year, a singer/songwriter and an acclaimed neon artist, Ben Livingston proves that no one needs to surrender their life to a unicolored path. Next time you walk by the Continental Club, look for Livingston’s “BENEON” mark on the sign and think of the ways that you can quietly leave your own mark in our community, using your own unique set of talents and passions.

To keep up with Ben Livingston, including his musical appearances and art installations, visitBenLivingston.comBeneon.com and his Facebook page.

 

Feb 22, 2013

LIVE at the CONTINENTAL CLUB GALLERY - SXSW Saturday

You are on the guest list!

LIVE at the CONTINENTAL CLUB GALLERY


3 - 4PM 

SXSW Saturday MARCH 16th

Our 5th consecutive year!


Dec 7, 2012

Dec 3, 2012

Catch Ben LIVE on KOOP Radio Austin.

Ben Livingston

December 5, 2012
By Francois

Please join us Wednesday 12.05.12 for another edition of Writing on the Air. We broadcast every Wednesday from 6-7 pm. You can catch us on your local Austin 91.7 FM KOOP radio station, or you can stream us LIVE on KOOP.org.

Host Francois, talks with musician & neon-light artist & renaissance man Ben Livingston.

You can follow us on Twitter, and you can ask us questions LIVE during the show. Look for @WritingOnTheAir.

  

A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Ben Livingston personifies sheer joy in the artistic process, coupled with a quick wit and self-deprecating humor, which audiences find refreshing and enlightening.

 http://writingontheair.com/genres/singersongwriter/ben-livingston/

Nov 24, 2012

New - TV & Film + Ben's Bio.

The Cherokee Word for Water is Complete! 

  
Photo: Shane Brown - from the CW4W website:

The Cherokee Word for Water is a feature-length motion picture that tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Set in the early 1980s, The Cherokee Word for Water begins in the homes of a small town in rural Oklahoma where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. The movie is told from the perspective of Wilma Mankiller and full-blood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap who join forces to battle opposition and build a 16-mile waterline system using a community of volunteers. In the process, they inspire the townspeople to trust each other, to trust their way of thinking, and to spark a reawakening of the universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. This project also inspired a self-help movement in Indian Country that continues to this day.

The movie is dedicated to Wilma Mankiller’s vision, compassion and incredible grace.

Note from the filmmakers:
Even in the 21st Century, the most unbelievable myths and stereotypes about Indian people are perpetuated in the media as well as in popular culture. As Ben Nighthorse Campbell said, “Often media outlets are being unwitting conduits for professional media manipulators representing anti- Indian groups.” Indian people and their allies must fight these misperceptions on a number of fronts by using the mass media, tribal governments, writers, teachers, curators, artists and filmmakers to dispel them. This movie is one such effort.


PLEASE DONATE TO THE WILMA MANKILLER FOUNDATION

 

Behind the Scenes:

 

 

Ben Livingston as "Curly McQuista"
in "The Cherokee Word for Water"
Photo: Michael Heller

Ben Livingston - Biography
Born 8/2/1958 
Victoria, Texas

"In a decade of journalism I have met no other artist with the charisma, determination, and buoyant delight in sharing knowledge and new perceptions of Ben Livingston.”
– Eve Kahn, Freelance Writer, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and New Yorker NY, NY
Ben Livingston grew up in a small south Texas town. He was raised in a very dynamic artistic and theatrical family. He enjoyed  travel in his mind by drawing his thoughts and desires out on paper in his room while listening to Houston's progressive Pacifica radio KPFT. Inspired by the culturally diverse broadcasts of song writers and poets like Kinky Friedman, Terry Allen, Charles Bukowski and many others, Livingston was unknowingly getting permission from the masters and forming his own thoughts that would later serve him well as an internationally known visual artist, critically acclaimed song writer and now actor for feature film (The Cherokee Word for Water) and National television, where he created performance art by convincing The Discovery Channel's TLC - "Extreme Cheapskates" into producing a 15 minute (season finale) co-written skit of himself as an artist on a shoestring budget throwing a highbrow art exhibit in his home for just $4 dollars!
(See Imdb -"The Cherokee Word for Water")
Discovery Channel -TLC  "Extreme Cheapskates

"Ben is not the typical artist that you associate with Texas. He sees the whole world and universe with all the philosophy that comes with every territory and marinates that part of his brain with his life’s experiences strained through all the miles he has traveled both on the road and on his own inner highway. Mr. Livingston is processed differently than the other good ol’ boys in the Lone Star State.”

- Denny Bruce, Producer

“What makes Ben different is that he thinks out of the box and the universe,” said Pebbles Wadsworth, former director of the University of Texas Performing Arts Center. “He sees colors differently. He looks at problems, beauty, pain and more from a different slant, and a powerful creative force comes out of him that often I feel he has no control over. Ben has no boundaries.” "It’s not just that Livingston dabbles in a number of different arts; it’s that he pursues each one with passion and excels in it. His unique invention of a new kind of neon – the infinite phosphorescent color palate – won him a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts."

- Dane Anderson, The Westlake Picayune, Austin, TX

Ben's Imdb page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4852793/

Ben's blog site with pictures and prose - "Cherokee word for Curly" http://cherokeewordforcurly.blogspot.com/

Nov 9, 2012

Gotta LOVE airplay Airplay on KGSR Radio Austin!

 

Lone Star State of Mind Playlist for 10/26/12
Posted 10/26/2012 10:12:00 PM

SONG   ARTIST   CD

Hot Smoke and Sassafras  -  Bubble Puppy  -  A Gathering of Promises

It's a Cold Night for Alligatorrs  -  Roky Erickson  -  I Have Always Been Here Before

Fast Train to Georgia  -  Bily Joe Shaver  -  Tramp on Your Street

Headed Back to Austin  -  Junior Brown  -  EP

Oval Room  -  Calvin Russell  -  In Spite of It All

Copenhagen  -  Lucinda Williams  -  Blessed

Leticia Rodriguez  LIVE IN THE STUDIO

Constant War  -  David Rodriguez  -  Loading 92

Voodoo River  - Calvin Russell  -  In Spite of It All

Graveyard Blues  -  Johnny Nicholas  -  Future Blues

Ghost Story  -  Hector Ward  -  Sum of All

The Ghost Story  -  White Ghost  Shivers  -  Everyone's Got 'Em

Pumpkineater  -  Butch Hancock  -  Eats Away the Night

Land of Hope and Dreams  -  Jimmy LaFave  -  Depending on the Distance

Flesh & Bone  -  Ben Livingston  -  Flesh & Bone

Down Down Down Down  -  Dale Watson  -  Sun Sessions

All By Myself  -  Walter Hyatt and the Threadgill Troubadours  -  Second Helpings

Rosalie  -  Jess Klein  -  Bound to Love

Thanks for listening.  Send requests to roger@kgsr.com

Til next week, adios, Roger Allen

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