Gig Alert: Ben Arthur

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ARTIST: Ben Arthur
GIG: Monday at Joe's Pub

An “answer song” is a tune that is written in direct response to another song -- and often cheekily contradicts it. For example, Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote “Sweet Home Alabama,” in answer to Neil Young’s “Southern Man.” Singer Ben Arthur specializes in answer songs that respond to other songs – as well as to works of fiction. His new album, Call & Response, features a song called  “Forked River Roadside Shrine,” after a Joyce Carol Oates story of the same name. Oates herself will join Ben Arthur on stage tonight at Joe’s Pub to celebrate the release of Arthur’s album.