Praise for Choke & Croon

"On Choke & Croon, Trickey proves himself a capable and creative bandleader, able to share the stage without losing himself in the mix. His vision, rather, is amplified by the collaboration. Of particular note, longtime accompanist Jonathan Griffin provides emotive violin throughout the record’s nine tracks, his keening notes often serving as an emphatic echo of Trickey’s pained or anxious mood. Eric Young’s drumming on “Monster” brings the necessary volume to that song’s explosive second half, and Tiffany Leigh Blalock’s clear voice counterpoints Trickey’s, adding a layer of sweetness below the doubt.

The title Choke & Croon is a bit of a self-deprecating joke. This record could as easily be called “Leaps & Bounds” because that describes the strides Trickey continues to make as a songwriter. "

-Ed Whitelock
PopMatters - full review

"...ambitious, dynamic, and richly textured, many steps above the simple man-and-his-guitar fodder that one might expect from a musician daring to go by their actual name. "

-Justin Green
Immersive Atlanta - full review

Praise for Rising Waters

"Honest record. Real shit."
-Marc Maron

"Ben Trickey's latest is a sentimental apocalypse... the most tense, atmospheric, and downright gloomy records to come out of Atlanta in a long time. Trickey's most compelling album yet."
-Chad Radford
Creative Loafing - full review

"Ben conjures up visions of backwoods or sidewalk preachers, judging me for whatever
sins I have probably committed."
One of's top records of the 2013 - full review

"...downright terrific all around... ...the whole thing just has a sound and mood that’s gripping and beautiful."
-Jeff Clark
Stomp & Stammer - full review

"From the first strum of the strident opening track, "The End Of It All," the sense that this
is an album that will matter is palpable. Whether or not the subject matter is the end of the world or the end of a relationship, Trickey's vibrato sounds like the fate of the Earth rests
on whichever note he'll land on. But the grit in his words and singing tell us that everything
is going to end up okay."
-Adobe and Teardrops music blog - full review

Praise for the 7" series

"Drunk on heavy doses of Jason Molina, Jay Farrar, and John Prine...another notch on the bow of Trickey’s archery set of sad songs, each arrowhead meticulously sharpened to wound your very heart and soul with sheer precision."

-Sad Songs Keep the Devil Away
No Depression - full review

"Atlanta’s Ben Trickey is a layman’s existentialist, a dive-bar philosopher both driven and paralyzed by a deep fascination with life’s greatest question. In his songs, he perpetually contemplates his purpose, and with a wounded, wary croon, his dark country-folk struggles for hope in the face of desolation."
-Verbicide - full review

"Trickey imbues beautifully with his own vocal style keeping alive the Johnston classic."
-About the Blue "Open the Sky" 7" "True Love Will Find You In the End" cover
Cameron Barham
The Blue Indian - full review

"One thing I have always dug about Mr Trickey and his brand of music is that it may come across as kind of dire and dark, but in the end there’s always an air of hope and possible salvation and this song is no different."
-About the Yellow "Cold Wind" 7" - full review

Praise for "Come On, Hold On"

"Ben Trickey’s songs are about as dark as country songs get...he taps into all those lonesome cowboys—Prine, Van Zandt, even contemporaries like Jason Molina..."
-Matthew Fiander
PopMatters - full review

" of the best records I’ve heard thus far this year." - full review

"Ben Trickey is a tremendously gifted songman who'd just as likely win over a rowdy bunch in a Tennessee honky-tonk as he would a polite Decatur shhhhh gathering. As it is, he usually plays rock clubs, and that's fine too. His new album, Come On, Hold On, is a stirringly intimate listen... There's a twangy quaver in Trickey's voice that gives his songs both added vulnerability and power..."

-Jeff Clark
Stomp & Stammer

Praise for Ben Trickey

"As he sings his slow, simple songs, you are taken back to a dustbowl-era mentality.
A time when the folk singers were few and far between; a time when the folk singers weren’t just good, they were damn near perfect."
-Daniel Anderson
ninebullets guest post - full review

"The plight of the stark, lo-fi troubadour is not an easy one. In a post-Bright Eyes, post-Mountain Goats world, indie rock has seen just about every riveting trick one lonely man with a guitar can get away with — as well as the ones he can’t. But when Ben Trickey strums and sings about the dark, emotional side of life as an imperfect man, you believe him."
-Chad Radford
Creative Loafing Magazine Best Songwriter 2009 Critic's choice - full review

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