Ben Gallaher

 

The budding Country singer Ben Gallaher is celebrating the best characteristics that cowboys represent in his latest single “Still A Few Cowboys Left,” released this summer.   The drum-driven tune celebrates faith, family and hard work, which are qualities that all Country music fans can relate to.

Gallaher wants you to understand and believe that despite the dynamics of the world today, there are still a few “cowboys” left out there.  “Still A Few Cowboys Left” isn’t about being an actual cowboy.   It’s about a lifestyle that includes respect, honesty, hard work, a way of living,  and a way of treating people. It’s also a song that gives a nod to women that there are still a few good guys left in the world.  Despite it's title, the theme of “Still A Few Cowboys Left” is a universal one, which pays homage to hardworking folks across the board,  who toil in one form or another from sun up to sun down,  no matter where they lay their heads at night.

Gallaher explains, “I believe we all have a little cowboy in us. In the literal sense, I’m not a cowboy, but figuratively speaking,  I have a lot of cowboy in me.  To me, what makes a cowboy is not the way you look or the place you live, but the type of person you are. It’s the direction you are headed, it's grit, integrity, and character. It’s getting knocked off and getting back on again.”

“Still A Few Cowboys Left” was written by Gallaher alongside No. 1 songwriters Tony Martin (Keith Urban, Sara Evans and Tim McGraw) and Neil Thrasher (Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Randy Houser). Award-winning Nashville stalwart Neil Thrasher also produced the single alongside Patrick Thrasher. 

Gallaher traveled to a working cattle ranch in Texas to shoot the cinematic music video for the single. Though the ranch was 1500 miles away from his working class Pennsylvania roots, Gallaher felt a strong connection between the cowboys he met on-set and the blue-collar workers of his own hometown. 

 

Gallaher is now signed to Quartz Hill Records sister label, Stone Country Records. Collecting over three million streams on his debut label EP titled, "Every Small Town" fans anxiously awaited more from Gallagher which came in March of 2022 with the release of his next single, titled “Country, Boy”.

 

“Country, Boy,” has a huge Country/Rock feel complete with chugging electric guitar, strong lead riffs, and catchy lyricism. Utilizing both his upper and lower vocal range, Gallaher performs dynamic vocals.   His voice, a refreshing mix of raspy and smooth mixed in with a killer lead guitar shred. 
 

With a realness in his songs and a distinctive cigarette and whiskey raspiness to his voice, Ben Gallaher is an insightful songwriter whose tales of life are often autobiographical chapters of his own. Paired with a strong reverence for guitar masters, Gallaher’s style radiates a passion for the lyric-driven Country music that influenced his childhood.  

 

Raised in small town Pennsylvania, Gallaher grew up with a deep adoration for family, the outdoors and Country music. Gallaher picked up his first guitar at the age of six, learning the instrument by playing along with the Country songs blasting on his parents’ radio. An avid outdoorsman, Gallaher’s love for the outdoors runs deep resulting in both his marked achievement of Eagle Scout status as well as the custom buck skull, hunting & fishing tattoo that resides on his left forearm.

 

“The outdoors was a big part of my growing up and is a big part of me now. Hunting, fishing and camping. Hunting has been a tradition in my family for generations. It’s not just about the harvest, it’s the time spent with family and friends, time spent in God’s creation, and respect for wildlife and the outdoors.”

 

Moving to Nashville at 19 years old, Gallaher was intent on learning everything about his other love, Country music, as fast as he could. For the business side, he studied Entertainment Industry Studies at Belmont University in classes ranging from copyright law to creative entertainment technology.  His artist education, he obtained on the road, putting a band together and heading out most weekends in whatever van he could rent.  . 

 

It was during that first year at Belmont when Gallaher first went to prison,  not as a felon but as an artist. A friend from back home who worked at a state correctional facility reached out to inquire if he had ever considered performing for inmates. While entering a prison in any way had never crossed Gallaher’s mind, the idea sounded very Johnny Cash, so he was in. The then-19-year-old Gallaher brought his acoustic guitar, a couple of speakers and played the gymnasium to 250 convicted felons staring back at him from the bleachers. Terrifying? Sure. Satisfying? More than he ever imagined. The inmate’s applause and thank you letters were so overwhelming that he has performed there every year since. Better yet, the Prison Tour as he calls it, has grown to encompass more than half of Pennsylvania’s state penitentiaries. 

 

While singer and songwriter are both titles Gallaher wears proudly, his artistry is also deeply rooted in his guitar prowess. Vince Gill, Keith Urban and Lynyrd Skynyrd are a few of the superstar acts that influenced Gallaher’s own playing style, along with a name that most fans don’t know, though he’s one of the most recorded guitarists of all time.  “Brent Mason played guitar on a lot of the songs I loved growing up. I didn’t know it at the time, but as I learned more about the songs and session musicians, I kept seeing his name so I dove into his stuff a lot.”

 

“If you listen to my solos or intro riffs, I incorporate some of that chicken pickin’ into my playing and Brent is also known for that. You can hear it come through in a lot of my solos but mine has a bit more of a distorted tone. It’s got some dirt on it, which is where the edgier feel comes in. My guitar is an extension of who I am as an artist, a hundred percent. When I write, I try to marry the lyric, melody and the guitar. I love making them all into one,” explains Gallaher.

 

Like most guitar slingers, axes hold a special place in his heart and, although he’s added to his arsenal since then, Gallaher still plays the first electric guitar he ever owned, a Fender Telecaster with three pickups and a seven-way switch he purchased at 16 years old. It’s the same guitar that helped craft the sound of, “Still A Few Cowboys Left.” 

 

Gallaher's releases of the last year are a taste of what listeners can expect from the artist’s debut full-length project that’s expected to drop sometime this year. Describing it as “authentic, edgy and passionate,” Gallaher has commented,  “I look at a full-length record as a winding road. A musical journey that’s centered around the lyrics. Some songs are up-hill and some songs are down-hill. But there’s a cohesiveness that binds them all together to make a full record. That’s what fans can expect."

Country music doesn’t get more authentic than Stone Country Records’ Ben Gallaher.     Ben Gallaher  loves Country music as he finds,  “It’s about highs and lows, love and loss, struggles and overcoming. Country music is the soundtrack to everyday life.”   There is no doubt that Ben Gallaher is destined to be a Country music legend.  

 

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