Pensacola, Florida & Baton Rouge, Louisiana

American Singer/Songwriter

American Singer/Songwriter

American Singer/SongwriterAmerican Singer/Songwriter

Folk for Swingers

With The Stardust Floor

Listen to the Music Here!

Ben: Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic Guitar

Kathryn “Kat” Carlson: Upright Bass

Robert Reynolds: Drums

Ben Herrington: Piano, Organ, Accordion

Recorded Live and Produced by Denton Hatcher, Blue Velvet Studios, Baton Rouge, La, 2019.

Stardust Floor is an old song of mine describing a unique country dance floor. This group captures that needed swinging sound.


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Ben Bell & The Stardust Boys

High Octane Americana

Listen to the Music Here!

Ben: Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic Guitar

Ed White: Upright Bass

Neil Cato: Snare and Brushes

Sam Boykin Short: Telecaster Guitar

A hot alt-country and rockabilly outfit, from 2009-2014, that kept the Baton Rouge dance floors moving, toes tapping, and supplying the country music people want more of. 


Tight as Fence Wire

Bringing the "A" Game



Becoming the Uptown Country Outlaw


I am a man of much experience, some learning, and a deep devotion to the craft of folk singing, guitar playing, and songwriting. I practice being a musician's musician and diggable to men and women of all ages. After years of exploring roots music, literature, philosophy, and the broken road of life, I have grown into myself and found both a modern and manly approach to my music. I am finally the songwriter and performer I can be at peace with. A lot of vintage music, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, much classic country and button-down folk, part trad jazz and skiffle, part indie-rock and 70's blue eyed soul, Beatles, Bob Dylan, and acoustic Neil Young, and largely inspired by the performance of that American Master, Willie Nelson, I can pick and croon to while you either sip your lemonade, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, or sip whisky with your loved one by firelight and keep you entertained. My heart and soul are based upon a melody. Melodies are what drive me. As the Greeks well knew, such is the essence of tragedy.

Mostly love songs, my lyrics are imbued with an awareness of fragile love and my wandering way of life. You will hear country lyrics, romantic balladry, and vintage references that you or your ancestors grew up with. One song will hearken back to Roger Miller, another to soulful, train beat Americana, Rodney Crowell, or even indie rock and folk like Neko Case, M. Ward, and the Cactus Blossoms. Ameripolitan is more like it, but that, too, is limiting. 

"Folk" is where someone develops a unique style and works within it, so I just call myself an indie version of that and consider myself thankful for the palette I can draw from. My goal as a singer/guitarist/songwriter is simply to transport the audience through music and myself on stage.

Completely comfortable and oftentimes preferring to play solo, I can also play with a great group of soulful and skilled musicians. I look forward to the chance to play for you, be with you, and entertain you for a while!

Having been a working Austin musician and, at times, traveling through Texas, I moved to Baton Rouge, met my future bride, and happily settled there. I studied to become a Library Scientist, and after several years, I had the opportunity to work as one at The University of West Florida, in Pensacola, and thoroughly love its vibe.

Rising Star

Ben Bell & The Fugitive Poets

Albums not available right now, but you may be interested in, are: Ben Bell & The Stardust Boys (2007), Jade Cricket Carousel (with The Jade Crickets--1997) and Devil On a Sunday (2003).