Benjamin Kweller, 16 June 1981, Greenville, Texas, USA. Alt rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Kweller first burst upon the scene as the leader of mid-90s teen grunge outfit Radish, before launching a solo career in the new millennium.
Originating from a small southern US town, Kweller was raised in quite a fertile musical environment, as he began playing piano at a very young age, and was inspired by his parents Beatles records to begin writing his own songs. By the age of 12, Kweller was also playing guitar, and a year later, formed Radish. After issuing an indie EP and an album, they built a large local following. The young trio was signed to PolyGram Records shortly thereafter. Despite high hopes initially, they only managed to issue a lone album for their new label, 1997s Restraining Bolt, before splitting up barely two years later.
Kweller relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where his musical style...