Ben de la Cour (www.bendelacour.com) has had an interesting life, to say the least.
His official bio says, “After playing New York City dives like CBGBs with his brother a decade before he could legally drink, he had already stuffed himself into a bottle of bourbon and pulled the cork in tight over his head by the time he was twenty one. There were arrests, homes in tough neighborhoods all over the world, countless false starts as well as stays in psychiatric hospitals and rehabs as Ben battled with mental health and substance abuse issues.”
These days, he’s a folk-rockin’ singer/songwriter living in Nashville, TN. Last year he released one of the finest records I heard all year (and I hear a lot of them!) Shadow Land was recorded here in Winnipeg with Scott Nolan during the polar vortex of 2019.
During the course of our chat, we talked all about releasing a fabulous album during a pandemic and Ben spoke very honestly and openly about his struggles with substance abuse and mental illness.