Steve Wynn was a founding member of The Dream Syndicate whose 1982 debut album “The Days of Wine and Roses” is regularly listed as one of the best rock albums of all time.
Since that time Wynn has recorded and toured with not only The Dream Syndicate (who reunited in 2012) but also with Gutterball, The Baseball Project, Danny & Dusty and as a prolific solo artist with various backing bands including his regular combo Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3.
But alongside his various bands, Wynn’s solo shows have been a constant since he first stepped on a stage with only an acoustic guitar in Los Angeles back in 1985. “It’s at my solo shows where I rediscover the process of songwriting and also my connection with the audience. I’ve recorded around 400 songs and I like that I can play any of them from night to night depending upon the city, the audience, the mood of the evening. It’s liberating and exciting.”
“When I play with a band, you’re watching us work out our thing, connecting to each other, almost as voyeurs,” adds Wynn. “But when I’m solo, it’s just me and the audience. The fans are right there with me and we’re going on a journey together. It’s an entirely different beast from a rock show and I love them both equally.”
Whether playing acoustic or electric, whether in a theater or club or living room, you are invited to share the music, storytelling, history lesson, party and a life unfolding in real time that can only happen at a Steve Wynn solo show.
Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariner’s Children and Peggy Sue (Wichita). After writing and recording his debut, Ben turned to a more full band sound for his second album 'Truant,' which was written just before and after becoming a father and is about the panic and pragmatism of expecting and then becoming a parent. The early sixties influence of The Everly Brothers is still present in the melodies, but now there is an urgency and grit to the instrumentation that sits somewhere between The Velvet Underground and Tom Petty, or more recent forbears such as Kevin Morby and Angel Olsen. Both Night Songs and Truant were produced by Dan Blackett (Landshapes, Bella Union). Truant will be released May 3 2019.
Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate) / Benedict Benjamin