Ben Poole is currently being described as the most exciting young blues/roots artist to come out of the UK in a long, long time. A talented guitarist, singer and songwriter with obvious blues/rock/soul/R’n’B/country and Pop influences it’s hard to categorise the style and genre of this young man’s music. The past few years has seen Ben Poole’s profile raise far beyond expectation and a Ben Poole live show is certainly very energetic and not to be missed, giving the audience just what they want, an audience likes to be entertained and Ben and the band never fail to deliver.
Ben is no stranger to award nominations, he was nominated for three awards at the British Blues Awards in 2011, including Best Young Artist and Best Original Song, was voted ‘Best Newcomer’ by Blues Matters magazine in their 2012 readers poll, and was chosen by a respected panel of music industry aficionados to represent the UK at the 2012 European Blues Challenge held in Berlin, Ben coming third out of nineteen world class entries from nineteen different countries. Most recently, Ben was runner up in the 2013 British Blues Awards ‘Best Guitar Player’ category. Following on from the success of his debut EP EVERYTHING I WANT, recorded by ex Ozzy Osbourne/Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) guitarist Bernie Torme, Ben has since self-released his debut studio album entitled LET’S GO UPSTAIRS, which has over the past year has been receiving heavy airplay and rave reviews from across the globe. The album was produced by producer Isaac Nossel and marks a move towards Ben Poole being known not just a superb guitarist but also a great singer and song writer and this is what producer Isaac has really bought out in him. On the album, seven of the songs are Ben Poole originals, two are co-writes with producer Isaac and three are covers including the Otis Redding/Steve Cropper song Mr. Pitiful and the Anne Peebles original I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down.
The last few years have seen Ben touring regularly across Europe and he has appeared at some of the biggest festivals across the continent including appearances at the Glastonbury Festival and Download Festivals in the UK, Sierre Blues Festival and Blue Balls Festivals in Switzerland, Playing with Fire Festival in the USA, Gdynia Festival in Poland, Dolanky Festival in Czech Republic, Culemborg Festival and Highlands Festivals in Holland and the Schoppingen Blues Festival in Germany. He was also to be seen blowing away classic rock fans at Rhodes Rock Festival in Greece in both 2011, 2012 and 2013 supported by Planet Rock radio. Ben and the band are regulars on the blues circuit all over Europe playing to over 6000 people at the Holland Breda Barst Festival (see photo below) and to over 10,000 people in 2013 at the Playing With Fire Festival in Nebraska, USA and also at several large pop festivals across Europe.
Ben Poole is exclusively represented for bookings in Benelux, Germany, Italy and Switzerland by the Florence Miller Agency. 2014 sees the band touring in Germany and Holland in February, in the UK in March and April, in Spain in April, in France, Luxembourg, Germany and Holland in May, in the USA and Canada in June, July and August, and in new territory of Russia in October. The Russia and Spain tours will mark yet more new territorys for Ben this year.
"His phrasing belies his years. Definitely one to watch" - Guitarist Magazine