Ben Sures in Concert

Music & Entertainment
Sep 23
to
Until
Sep 23, 2022

Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling 403 580-9874 or 403 928-6478. Ben Sures is a storyteller. On his tenth album, The Story That Lived Here, the Edmonton-based songwriter, guitarist and author weaves tales inspired by friends and fans. They are songs about library ladies and dive bar denizens, accidents and grieving, and at least one song about the end of the world. Ben’s 25-year-deep catalogue is eclectic, spanning folk, country, jazz and rock’n’roll, and borrowing from blues, Sinti swing and West African guitar. But The Story That Lived Here – recorded mostly live at Tobacco and Rose Studios in Victoria, BC, with old friends Richard Moody (viola, violin, mandolin and vocals) and Scott White (upright bass), and with Rebecca Campbell adding backup vocals and percussion remotely from Toronto – is a satisfyingly cohesive and tender bluegrass-tinged album with a steady heartbeat. It’s the perfect accompaniment for Ben’s funny, honest, quirkily wise and wistful tunes. “In case it’s the end of the world, I’m gonna have a cinnamon bun …” Ben quips to kick the record off, addressing a universal desire for comfort going hand in hand with a newfound vulnerability. In “Before We Had Sarah,” a couple with grown kids try to romantically reconnect, while “Boring People” is perhaps the most sparse, evocative performance of Ben’s career to date. Elsewhere, “Cry Like A Flood” was inspired by fellow songwriter Kat Goldman’s story of a music career interrupted, while “No One Will Remember You” takes a poke at cover band culture. Two further songs on The Story That Lived Here pay tribute to Ben’s father, ceramic artist and Member of the Order of Canada Jack Sures, who passed away in 2018 and to whom the album is dedicated (along with Mitch Podolak, Michael Laderoute, and Thérèse Duffy). With The Story That Lived Here, Ben Sures has made the record he always wanted to make since listening to Guy Clark’s Old Friends obsessively in the late ’80s. We were happy to chat with Ben to gain more insights about The Story That Lived Here, which is available on all digital platforms, Bandcamp, and bensures.com, where you can also find his up-to-date tour schedule.