Episode 7 - The Lonesome Luthier

Ben Todd in his luthier's workshop above The Trading Musician.

Ben Todd in his luthier's workshop above The Trading Musician.

Ben Todd restores guitars for The Trading Musician in Seattle's Roosevelt neighborhood. And he's become deeply embedded in the local music scene. But it took four years living in the New Mexico wilderness and a shooting at the Café next door for him to realize what was most important.


Ben Todd has worked on most of the guitars available for sale at The Trading Musician,

Ben Todd has worked on most of the guitars available for sale at The Trading Musician,

Want to learn more about the artists in this episode?

Listen to Ben Todd's band, Lonesome Shack, on lonesomeshack.com.

Hear Dock Boggs sing "Sugar Baby" on YouTube via Smithsonian Folkways.

Listen to Smithsonian Folkways' podcast about American Folk Music.

Check out Ben's handiwork at The Trading Musician. While you're there, grab a cup of coffee at Café Racer next door.


THANKS

It's high time I thanked people who've helped me make Day Job what it is. To my wife Emily McNichols, my friend Sarah McCormic and my brother Jeremiah, thanks for the peer edits. Isaac Kaplan-Woolner, thanks for putting me in touch with so many great musicians.