OU Petrel to Tour with the Indigo Girls

When he was thirteen years old, Ben Williams ’11 knew he wanted to play the guitar.  His “practical Jewish mother” had one piece of advice:  “She said, play the bass because you’ll make more money that way,” recalls Ben.  “Everyone plays the guitar.”  Now, the OU communication major is gearing up for his first big job as a bass guitarist.  Starting in June, Ben and his four bandmates will hit the road as the opening act for the legendary folk rock group the Indigo Girls.

Since joining the local pop group The Shadowboxers last summer, Ben spent much of his senior year traveling with his band.  “Playing music is definitely a dream job,” said Ben.  “It’s fun pursuing something that can seem a little impractical.”

Ben recently sat down with the Oglethorpe Blog to share on video a little more about the band, meeting the Indigo Girls, and which OU professor he hopes to see at their Atlanta stop…

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