Upon Ben’s return to Chicago, the “Ben Ripani Music Co.” was formed. Blending the sounds of Indie, Folk, Alt.Country & Americana, with lyric based songs and involved texture and sound, it’s hard not to engage in the honesty, moments of vulnerability and truth that is laid on the stage during their live shows. This 5-piece band is comprised of Ben Ripani (guitar, vocals), Patrick Benson (percussion, vocals), Dave Marshall (bass, vocals), Chris Nakielski (keyboards, vocals), and Chris Lambert (guitar).
“There’s a twang, an emotion, a polarizing sense of attraction between you and Ben Ripani that is almost indescribable. It’s not quite blues. Or rock. Or folk. Rather, it pulls a piece from each of them and creates a patchwork musical canvas that has a little bit of Dylan, a smattering of Blues Traveler, a dash of Dave Matthews and some Wilco for good measure. Each and every member of the Ben Ripani Music Company plays with a passion and focus that I haven’t seen live in quite some time.”
(CBB Fest: Congress Theater 12/4/2010 by Ben Dahl | Lost in Concert)
Ben Ripani released his first solo record “Hope Street” in 2009, an honest album “with rich instrumentation and soulful vocals. Some songs stripped to only the acoustic guitar to showcase Ripani’s poetics, which certainly hold up” (Max Herman: Illinois Entertainer). Ben Ripani Music Co. released their debut 7-song EP titled “Maladies” on June 11, 2011. Recorded at WBEZ Studios on Navy Pier in Chicago, Paul Von Mertens joined the project as the producer (Brian Wilson, Wilco, Poi Dog), with Adam Yoffe engineering. The band is currently booking their summer and fall tours, so be on the lookout for Ben Ripani Music Co. in a city near you.