Collection: Ben Labat & the Happy Devil
Louisiana-based Americana band Ben Labat and The Happy Devil released their fourth full-length album, “Homeward,” on August 18, 2017. Marking the collective’s first new music since 2014’s The Revival, Homeward represents a distinct and conscious embrace of Labat’s folk and Americana roots. These 10 tracks exemplify his vivid lyricism and impressive songcraft, delicately weaving together harmonica, ukulele, piano, and acoustic guitar to create a rustic sonic palette. Over this entrancing backdrop, he carries undeniable hooks and lyrical musings that are as ponderous as they are powerful. The band also includes Jerry Martin (guitar, vocals), Dave Guidry (bass) and Travis Lovell (drums) with additional help in the studio from Travis Thibodeaux (touring member of Journey) on keys and vocals from Ansley Rimmer (Hydrogen Child). The group has performed in legendary venues everywhere from New York and Los Angeles to Nashville, Austin and New Orleans. Moreover, Labat’s songs have sound-tracked key moments in The Ghost Whisperer, The Real World, Jersey Shore, the films Mini’s First Time, and Middle of Nowhere starring Susan Sarandon. Homeward sees Ben return to the sounds that always inspired him and kicks off his brightest musical chapter yet.