CD Of The Month

WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

World Cafe Archives

Join David Dye as he navigates the World Cafe through live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Folk Radio

Folk music radio streaming on the web; Americana, Roots Music, recordings, and stories from folk's best.
Listen Live

Ben Arnold - Calico - Sci-Fidelity Records

Singer-songwriter Ben Arnold is no stranger to XPN listeners and members. A staple of the local music scene since the early Nineties Ben is an honest and earnest songwriter of immense talent whether doing a solo gig with an acoustic guitar, as a member of the Philly super-group 4 Way Street or leading his own highly engaging rock band.

Calico is Ben’s debut album for Sci-Fidelity Records, the Boulder, Colorado based record company started by the String Cheese Incident. Ben debuted with an independent record in 1991 followed by the album Soar that was every popular on the XPN airwaves when it was released in 1993. The same could be said for his excellent his major label debut Almost Speechless in 1995 on Ruffhouse/Columbia Records that got a lot of airplay on XPN.

Arnold has always had a home and continues to have one at XPN because he’s an outstanding songwriter with a rough-around-the-edges vocal style and the talent to write hooky, melodic tunes. His songs have always had more to say then the typical singer-songwriter stuff you’ll hear these days even though he can write a love song like the best of them.

Calico’s 13 songs show many sides to Ben’s musical talents and it is a must have album to add to your collection.

Release Date: 7/20/2004

Written by Bruce Warren

Buy it now at our CD Store.

Check out our other Featured Albums of the Week

Visit Artist's Official Site.

Your Amazon Purchases Support WXPN

Forget trying to classify them and just listen: Railroad Earth’s Session, and “Katie Cruel’s” importance in music, tonight on...

For the last handful of weeks on Folkadelphia Radio, we’ve been focusing on a featured song, digging a little into its history,...Read More

The ever-evolving Kite Party will celebrate their new record on May 8 at PhilaMOCA

On May 6, Kite Party will unveil their second full-length album, Come on Wondering. On May 8, they’ll celebrate with a record...Read More

Singer-songwriter Abi Reimold celebrates her EP release this Saturday at Hong Kong Garden

Philly-based songstress Abi Reimold – also a photographer and occasional contributor to The Key – will celebrate the...Read More

DRGN King, Family Vacation, Big Tusk, Ghost Gum and more scheduled to play show on Record Store Day at Vinyl Revival...

If you were already having a hard time planning out how you were going to celebrate Record Store Day on April 19, things just got a...Read More

Redbull’s Sound Select pairs Philly artists Embarker and Chris Forsyth with Oneohtrix Point Never

Redbull’s Sound Select monthly feature, showcases local artists across the country is bringing some additional recognition to...Read More