Discovery: Ben Balmer

The Runner is the latest release from American folk musician and singer-songwriter Ben Balmer, with the song being one of my favourite songs of the year so far.

By Jane Howkins

The Runner is a folk song but it also has elements of Americana, country and bluegrass present, and there is something very American sounding about the style of folk in the song. The violins are stunning and give the song a haunting feel – the upbeat rhythm works surprisingly well with the melancholic feel of the song and the lyrics help to tell a real story within the song. Have a listen to The Runner below and see what you think!