Benjy Ferree Sings The 'Bobby Dee' Story : World Cafe The Washington, D.C.-based singer frames his new concept album around the tragic story of Disney actor Bobby Driscoll. Come Back to the Five and Dime Bobby Dee, Bobby Dee is infused with American folk, blues and '50s doo-wop. He performs songs from the CD in a session from WXPN.
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Benjy Ferree in Studio on World Cafe 5/27/09

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Benjy Ferree Sings The 'Bobby Dee' Story

Benjy Ferree Sings The 'Bobby Dee' Story

Benjy Ferree in Studio on World Cafe 5/27/09

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Set List

  • "I Get No Love"
  • "Big Business"
  • "Fear"

Benjy Ferree in Studio on World Cafe 5/27/09

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As a child, Benjy Ferree dreamed of becoming an actor. After discovering his love of music, he moved to Washington, D.C., and began playing gigs at local clubs. Before long, Ferree's vintage Americana music had caught the eye of a label, which put out Leaving the Nest, a folksy, acoustic and blues-filled album that won the singer many new fans.

Ferree's new follow-up, Come Back to the Five and Dime Bobby Dee, Bobby Dee, tells the tragic story of Disney actor Bobby Driscoll in song. Though he sticks to Americana, Ferree adds interesting touches of Britpop and '50s doo-wop while maintaining his idiosyncratic, crooning vocal style. In a session with host David Dye, Ferree performs songs from his new album.