Ben Stalets – “Caroline No. 2” Music Video

Folk singer-songwriter Ben Stalets from Ohio writes an Ohio-anthem titled “Caroline No. 2” that chants “I’d rather be in Ohio!” The song immediately hooks you in with its first line. The video is wonderfully filmed and even shows Ben on his motorbike and walking around the woods. Ben Stalets sounds like a mix of Bob Dylan and Mumford and Sons with a bit of a folk influence that took place in Manhattan in the year 1960.

“From the Western bank of the Maumee river lies Toledo, Ohio, a factory town that laid the groundwork for Ben Stalets’ blue collar mixture of traditional country, blues and folk. His shit-eating grin gives way to a Hank Williams howl, a knack for storytelling reminiscent of your grand pappy, and a level of honesty only shared amongst life-long friends. Rough around the edges like your favorite pair of dungarees, he’s comfortable enough to joke, but close enough to tell the brutal morning-after truth. Finger picking and a dose of the truth set up an endearing sound that reminds one of the pain, but gives way to the nice buzz that makes them feel comfortable enough to talk about it.”

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