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"Beneath the stomping country rock of Ben Dukes’ latest single, “Old Fixer Upper,” is the beating heart of a man who has lived through it all – loss and success, united together in the passage of time." Unlike the mass of young country singers cropping up today, Dukes is not concerned with pandering to the pop-country vibe. His lyrical content and style bend much more to the outlaws of old, and honky-tonkers like Hank Williams Junior than the frat-boy country style. His music is honest, real (at times a bit too much so) and it is uniquely his own. He is every bit the "Spectacular American Artist" he was dubbed by Late Late Show Host Craig Ferguson.
Dukes began his musical career after the death of his father. He wrote a song, "I Can't Pray" in the days that followed, and that song drove him to pursue music for a living. At the urging of a friend, Dukes cut the song, and it was played thousands of times via Youtube and Myspace channels as well as other internet outlets. A video Dukes shot on a simple Canon Elph camera found airtime as part of GAC's "Next GAC Star" competition in 2008 when he was named a "Fan Favorite".
Later that year, Dukes opened for the legendary Western Swing band, Asleep at The Wheel at the Key Club in Holywood. Over the past four years Dukes has entertained crowds across the Los Angeles basin, and throughout the southwest.
In 2012, Dukes released an EP, "Down In Flames", and had his national television debut playing the song of the same name on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
In March of 2013, Dukes played SXSW as part of a coast-to-coast tour in support of his debut album, "Walkin Thru Hell" (released Mar 30, 2013).
Dukes returned to The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on May 8, 2013 playing his current single, "Old Fixer Upper."
May 2013 found Dukes as a Los Angeles area Finalist for the Texaco Country Showdown. Dukes took Runner-Up honors.
In July of 2013, Dukes' song, "Walkin Thru Hell" was nominated for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards' "Country Song of the Year."