“Ben de la Cour’s songs are brimming with urgent authenticity. There is thematic hardness and vulnerability throughout, but what distinguishes him from lesser guitar-and-anguished-vocals hacks is the raw humanity of his delivery and the potency of his way with words.”

– No Depression

“Ben De La Cour brings to mind a young Townes Van Zandt. He shares a similarly cynical worldview and world-weary, rakish persona, and sings in an assured baritone that he would probably prefer was fueled by quality bourbon, although rotgut might do the job in a pinch. And as he makes clear from the git-go, he’s no stranger to being in a pinch… His new album, Midnight in Havana, is brilliant.”

– New York Music Daily

“Be de la Cour is gruff but well-read, quiet but dancing circles on one heel in the kitchen, he is the enigma, the lone picker, the troubadour, the drifter, the one man band. His songs “Down in Babylon” and “Howlin’ Down The Dark” are special gems. Lines like “The things that we lose are ours for to keep” show not only a Waylon and Willie outlaw-country sensibility but also a real handle on irony, concision and perception – qualities that make a great songwriter. He is a revitalizing force, providing the songwriting world with the honesty and emotion, the wisdom and history that is usually lost on singers trying to write the next beer can-blue jean hit.”

– American Music Project

“Ben de la Cour bleeds the songs he sings. The lyrics (deeply personal and recounting tales of years on the road), are delivered in a fragile tone, as if the lightest breeze could topple the words…Within the understated instrumentation and de la Cour’s baritone voice, lie stark, haunting songscapes: moody recollections that recount the journey of a life that is not always pretty, but proves better than one of mundane predictability.”

– Turnstyled, Junkpiled

“Midnight in Havana is bittersweet beauty… Ben calls his style Americanoir, which is the perfect descriptor.”

– Soundwaves Review

“With subtle hints of Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen, it would be hard for a folk/roots fan to be disappointed with this record. De la Cour gently proclaims the tales of a road weary heart and charismatic traveler that has been around. Soft but harsh, brooding but purposeful, and fragile but strong all in the same breath. A true troubadour for the modern age.”

– Red Line Roots

“On ‘Midnight in Havana’, Ben de la Cour offers up vivid scenes from his rambles against a solidly rendered, folk-skewed backdrop.”

– The Nashville Scene

“When I first heard ‘Midnight in Havana’ I was mesmerized by its haunting lyrical quality. I was so captured by Ben’s vocals, I kept the album on replay for hours. His songs possess an addictive quality that gets under your skin and leaves you with a vaguely uneasy feeling, like you have just relived a moment you can never quite recall.”

– Black Chalk Magazine

“The overall mood of the 12 pieces is consistently bleak, poetically gentle, and thoroughly engaging…Under a Wasted Moon provides a deep, devastating, listen that will not soon be forgotten.”

– The Lonesome Road Review

“Ben de la Cour is a talent of undeniable charisma. Here is an album that creates scenarios that haunt us after the fact, and challenge us to remain unmoved in the face of its dark honesty and low anthem. Incredible. Beautiful.”

– Victory Music

“Listening to ‘Midnight in Havana’ feels like taking a journey back in time. There is fine line between releasing something too “old-fashioned” and taking just the right amount of inspiration from distinguished, prominent, older folk singers. Ben de la Cour manages to balance along that line by giving us something so heartfelt and true to his experiences that one can’t help but be right there with him, every step of the way.”

– Indie Band Guru

“Folk in the great American troubadour tradition, illuminated with the phosphorescent spirit of Townes Van Zandt – Ghost Light is an apt title for Ben de la Cour’s third solo album.”

– Beat Surrender

“Ghost Light is a record made rich not only by the depth of Ben’s voice but also by his impressive songwriting that pulls inspiration from generations passed.”

– Yankee Calling

“From the tortured killer of “Howlin’ Down the Dark” to the broken soul of “Memorial Day,” de la Cour is deft at fleshing out characters both prideful and pained.Sounding fresh yet well-worn, there’s a warm comfort that blankets the demons haunting Ghost Light.”

– Bucket Full of Nails

“The eleven songs on ‘To The River Rise’ are stripped back revelations that sound like they are ripped directly from de la Cour’s heart…The album is going to stand up to repeated playing and is unlikely to sound dated even years down the line. It’s a classic sound Ben De La Cour has captured here and at times, such as parts of ‘Memorial Day’ and the closing ‘The Town Where I Was Born’, it will have you crying into your beer. A moving, beautiful collection of songs and currently my favourite album.”

– Pennyblack Music

“Ben de la Cour is a folk musician with the songwriting acumen of a young Nick Cave. ‘Sobriety and the Woman’ is 3 minutes, 14 seconds of dark, brooding acoustica that pitches de la Cour as a raw musician with the lyrical wisdom of a vitriolic Leonard Cohen. It’s stark, melancholic and packed with emotion and will send you collectively weak at the knees.”

– Fresh Deer Meat

“Men just don’t come like this anymore, it seems. Combining the dusky grit of the most hardened bar band singer with the lilt of a folk singer, De la Cour’s vocals are well-suited to Americana, and his songwriting chops match his vocal range…There is not one superfluous note on this album. I might even go so far as to say that it’s perfect. But I’ll let you be the judge.

– Adobe and Teardrops

“De la Cour’s signature lies in his voice: soft and lower range with gentle edges tuned to his songs. Those songs look at life from the outside in rather than the inside out (or maybe it’s the other way around), finding inspiration in the story rather than the personal. Sure, love is there as well as pain and loneliness and the typical reflections, but they are not the focus. You can chalk one up for de la Cour.”

– FAME Review

“Like many musicians, Ben de la Cour is attractive and brooding with a certain air of calmness about him that one might mistake for lethargy. Unlike many people who simply look like musicians, however, de la Cour has the voice and the song writing skills to back it up.”

– The Nola Defender

“Under a Wasted Moon is a beautifully bleak and stark album with lyrically rich songs… de la Cour has the substance of a great folk singer.”

– Common Folk Music

“Under a Wasted Moon by Ben de la Cour is a sparse, haunting album in the great tradition of American singer-songwriters. De La Cour weaves a good yarn. He’s as rich in melody, just listen to “Sobriety and the Woman” or “Down in Babylon”, as he is in storytelling. We need emerging artists like de la Cour to nudge us towards the places our everyday reality does its best to exclude.”

– Pennyblack Music


– BBC Radio Bristol

“Literary, moody and hauntingly melodic”

– San Francisco Free Folk Festival