February 8

Ben Suchy at the East 40

Here’s a dedicated talented musician. Ben Suchy, every Monday night has a gig at the East 40 Chophouse in Bismarck.  He plays his folk/blues/bluegrass/jam music every night to a cozy crowd in the bar at the Chophouse. Ben has a couple of recordings on the market and if you like musicians such as Jack Johnson or moe or Neil Young or Taj Mahal, you’d like Ben.  He comes from an extremely talented farm family south of Mandan.  If you listen much to Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keilor, you may have heard Ben, or his sister Andra or his dad Chuck, the North Dakota Troubador.

Getting this shot was not easy for me because I don’t have a very fast lense that does well in dark locations.  I took several shots, and this turned out the best.  During his next break, Ben came over as he always does, and we chatted a bit.  A group of guys gathered at the table and shared a pizza.

Ben is the kind of son anyone would be glad to have, a tribute to hardworking, high-quality Americans.  Raised on the farm, he knows how to work and when he’s not making music, he’s making his way as a landlord and making his way in the real estate business.  I’m glad to know a guy like this will be taking over the next generation of leadership.

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