XPN Welcomes Ben Folds & A Piano
Location & Contact:
15 E Caracus Street
Hershey, PA 17033
Over the last 15 years, Ben Folds first-class melodic gifts, irony-laced lyrics, and punk-rock tendency to play piano as if it were a contact sport have earned the North Carolina native a legion of devoted fans of all ages.
Folds has been going pretty much non-stop since the 2001 release of his debut solo album Rockin the Suburbs, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide. In short order, Folds has released a live album (2002s aptly titled Ben Folds Live) and a pioneering series of three Internet-only digital EPs: Speed Graphic (which topped the Billboard Internet Album, iTunes, and Soundscan Downloadable Tracks charts), Sunny 16, and Super D in 2003-2004; co-wrote and produced William Shatners 2004 solo album Has Been; released 2005s pensive Songs for Silverman (which featured the Adult Top 40 hit Landed); contributed three original songs to the soundtrack for the 2006 film Over the Hedge; and produced a forthcoming solo album by Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer.
In 2006, Folds released Supersunnyspeedgraphic, The LP a compilation of tracks from the Internet-only EPs and B-sides, including an inspired cover of Dr. Dres Bitches Aint Shit, which climbed to No. 71 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has now sold 132,000 digital singles at iTunes. Its my biggest hit, jokes Folds.
Along the way, there have been numerous tours, including a few with The Bens, a supergroup Folds formed with fellow singer-songwriters Ben Kweller and Ben Lee in 2003, as well tours with Rufus Wainwright and Guster in 2004, and John Mayer in 2007. A classically trained percussionist, Folds has also gone back to his roots by performing with various orchestras over the years, including the West Australian Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony in 2005 and the Boston Pops in 2007.