We did it!  We went to production for the Project Leave Them Video on time, on budget, and with the best crew and cast we could have imagined.  On Dec 2, we filmed in a beautiful location in the hills of LA.  Shooting underwater presented all kinds of unique challenges, especially with gear, but the shoot went swimmingly (pun fully intended)!

We go to edit in mid Jan, and can not wait for you all to see this beautiful and heart-wrenching work of art!

And there are just a few days left to support the fundraiser for the project!  Go here to support:

Project Leave Them Production to Begin Dec 2

This is perhaps the most important project we have taken on to date. Ben has teamed up with director, Robin Roemer, to produce a music video/PSA for the song Leave Them.  

Two of the nation's leading organization in the fight against sexual violence,
RAINN and Darkness To Light, have joined the project as consulting partners, providing guidance and human resources as we navigate this heavy and vastly important subject.

This video aims to un-silence victims of childhood sexual assault, starring real victims, and working to remove the shame, guilt and self-doubt that has kept these voices locked away. 

We have raised initial capital.  We have assembled amazing team, mostly volunteer, and we have secured discounts on the film gear we need and the location.  But, we need your help.  This is an ambitious project and we are determined to do it right!

Please visit the link to learn more about this project and to become a supporter. Thank you!

#projectleavethem #togetherwehaveavoice #metoo


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Leave Them: Un-Silencing Victims of Sexual Assault

We invite you to two very special performances by lead-singer Benjamin Doerr - May 21st and June 3rd on Bainbridge Island. Proceeds from the events will help fund a music video for the bands song "Leave Them" to serve as a part of a public service announcement campaign.

The video will feature survivors of childhood sexual abuse to put faces and a voice to a silent epidemic that affects one out of every 10 children in America. Benjamin will give a solo performance and discuss the project, which aims to break through the stigma to heal and prevent abuse.

May 21 -
June 3 -


VIDEO: "Way Down" / Live at HEYDAY Farm

This is an oldie but a goodie from the first album.  We played a really special and intimate show in the milking barn at HEYDAY farm last summer.  We'll be releasing a few more songs from that show in the coming weeks.  

We'll also be screening our feature music video for the song 'Spring' at the Triple Door in Seattle, as part of our show there on April 13, 2017.  

Tickets available at


Very excited to release this recording of Leonard Cohen's magical song, IF IT BE YOUR WILL, that we recorded live at Seattle's Triple Door on January 15, 2016!  We'll be returning to that wonderful stage on April 13, 2017!  Tickets and info at


ANNOUNCEMENT: Down To The Delta Tour 2017

We are very excited to announce the band his hitting the road (and sky) this March for a short run of shows we're calling the Down To The Delta Tour 2017.  If you are in any of the following cities, please come out and see us.  We'd love to see you!

For dates, info and tickets, go here!

Here's where we'll be going: Elsah, IL // Alton, IL // St. Louis // Nashville // Memphis // Baton Rouge // New Orleans.  Can't wait! 


Back in August St. Paul de Vence performed in barn at the idyllic Bainbridge Island farm, HEYDAY.  It was a magical, intimate evening of food, drinks and music - all of it island grown!  

The evening was filmed and there will be a release of edited videos from the performance.  This is a little teaser that we filmed in the hay loft of the milking barn, after the show.  Ben's daughter, Aria, hung out for the late-night serenade.





Ben & Lydia are heading to Tacoma this Friday, November 11, to play The Warehouse Annual Benefit Show - FEED253 - raising money to feed those in need and move towards ending hunger in Tacoma, WA.  The folks at The Warehouse are dear and old friends, and we're looking forward to working with them again!

All the details & tickets are found here:


July 11, 2016

It’s showtime, y’all. We are super pleased to announce a very special show at the end of this month. We have teamed up with Heyday Farm to bring you a sweet, intimate experience at there Old Mill Rd location…yeah, in a barn. Tickets are extremely limited so if you want to be there, do not delay. We are only selling 40 tickets. And with one of these tickets, you not only get a great show, but you get an experience – an evening at the farm, with delicious farm fair, beer and wine on offer, a wander through the kitchen garden and a delightful performance, in a dairy barn…with real cows. Join us!

FRIDAY, JULY 29th. Farm gates open at 6pm. Show to follow.


April 11, 2016

St. Paul de Vence and Bryan John Appleby are finally making it happen…a show together!  After years of running in the same circles and healthy dose of mutual admiration, they’re getting it together.

Bryan John Appleby
St Paul de Vence, Daggerhands
Saturday, May 21, 2016 9:00 PM PDT
Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA
21 years and over


February 29, 2016

A new music video is underway for a yet-to-be-announced song of the Farther Than Light record.  We are very excited to announce our collaboration with Honey Toad productions for what we think will be a fantastic project! More to come soon!


November 6, 2015

You heard it here, first!  St. Paul is returning to the beloved stage of Seattle’s Triple Door, on January 15th 2016, for a delightful evening of music with support from our dear friends The Banner Days! Tickets and info:


September 11, 2015

We’re going back to California!!!  We’re so excited.  We’re in and out for just a few shows (some private) in the Bay area Sept 23-25, but if you’re around and want to catch one of the public ones, check our shows page and contact us!



June 29, 2015

You can now order a copy of Farther Than Light on vinyl – perfectly suited for your turntable by visiting this link:

We’re shipping anywhere in the world, and we’re very excited to bring you this listening experience.  Our LP went through a completely separate mastering process from the CD, thus it is a wholly different listening experience from the digital forms.  And we think it sounds delicious!


May 9, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re throwing a vinyl party in celebration of the official release of Farther Than Light to 12-inch!! Join us at Conor Byrne Pub (Seattle) on SATURDAY, JUNE 27. We’ll be joined by Planes on Paper & the night will carry on with hand-spun vinyl cuts by DJ Self-Administered Beat Down. We’ll also be presenting new music on stage and doing some rad vintage vinyl giveaways along with our vinyl sales! Come party in the name of that smooth old analog goodness!



April 7, 2015

St. Paul is returning, this Friday, to Grace Church on Bainbridge Island.  This time around they’ll be the entertainment for the Hannah’s Hopeful Hearts event – a benefit for the development of treatments and cures for childhood cancers.  The band’s dear friend, Dr. Jim Olsen will be presenting about his game-changing research.  The band is very much looking forward to continuing the cause for bettering the lives of children who have been touched by cancer.

tickets & info:


April 7, 2015

St. Paul de Vence will be presenting at this year’s TEDx event in Santa Cruz, CA.  The theme of the event is ‘Radical Collaborations’.  Benjamin will be speaking about his relationship with his grandfather – a sharing of life stories that lead to the creation of the body of songs that would eventually shape into this band.  The presentation will also include a performance of songs that came directly out of this collaboration.

Event Date: Friday, April 24th
information at


November 26, 2014

November 26, 2014 by Brandon Taylor

You’d never guess it, but St. Paul De Vence – one of Seattle’s (most well renowned) Folk/Americana groups and Seattle Living Room Shows alumni – started as a side project.  Lead singer and guitarist Ben Doerr started out playing with a band under his own name, but switched gears when a batch of songs inspired by his grandfather’s World War II memories received an immediate positive reaction.  Doerr built a new band, named it for a French township in which his grandfather was stationed, and St. Paul de Vence burst onto the scene with a self-titled debut album that dominated KEXP’s daytime playlist for weeks.

It comes as great news for the band’s listeners, then, that the group has just released a new record. Called Farther than Light, St. Paul De Vence’s second full-length album is a work of art that won’t fall short of the first.

Building on the project’s original tack, the endeavor also branches out in several ways.  Farther Than Light keeps the wayfaring feel of guitar, banjo and sentimental tenor vocals (bravo, Doerr) that the band started with, but adds more complexity of feeling by way of enhanced composition, more horns, keys, and a new female voice.

The first track, “Telling Me So,” twinkles into being with a familiar walking pace and clean guitar fingerpicking.  But a few bars in, Doerr’s voice is joined by that of new member Lydia Ramsey.  The gentle pairing is a success – a romantic harmony calling over the hills to a lover somewhere far away.  Spare but careful songwriting keeps the song feeling full with nothing more than that reverbed guitar and lyrical lines like, “And the wind takes it’s turn to say/ a thousand apologies/ and that it never held back.”  It’s folk music in fine form, wandering hopefully through a land of love and trepidation.

Three songs in, title track “Farther Than Light” marks a change in the album’s disposition. Offering the listener a gentle boost of speed, it’s bouncing, almost Paul Simon-like guitar and bass are topped with trade-off verses from Doerr and Ramsey. The duality of male and female vocals is exceptionally valuable to St. Paul de Vence – love songs become a longing from both sides; tales of war are more powerfully vulnerable; the ideas behind Doerr’s words take a full and balanced form – but the call-and-answer in this piece makes the effect especially noticeable.  While exploring further areas of longing and memory in its words, the song stays pleasantly light on its feet almost as if to entice the listener onwards.

Perhaps the best example of the band’s evolution comes about halfway through the album at track five. Titled “Spring,” this piece offers a great example of St. Paul de Vence’s new ability to create really massive sounds.  The song blossoms gradually.  Even piano chords, then Doerr’s voice followed by guitar, banjo and drums create a gentle buildup.  The instruments roll along pleasantly until, just when you think the musical idea is full-grown, a trumpet, a trombone, and eventual vocal chorus swell into an indie-folk symphony of epic proportions.  The scope of this piece is great, but equally striking is the variety of places (emotionally and sonically) the band is able to go – always well together – while keeping the iron hot with engaging transitions.  It feels like that night you lie awake in bed, almost more alive with all the experiences of love and pain you’ve felt than when you were  living them.

Breaking from specific track descriptions, it’s worth mentioning how generally flexible the sound and feeling of St. Paul de Vence has become. The band’s debut album explores most of its affections through a veil of mourning, using mostly the same selection of instruments in each track.  Farther Than Light, however, never seems to stop transforming. From the sparse and lonely “Telling Me So” to the hopeful and uplifting “Farther Than Light” to the electric guitar-driven and road rambling “On This Road,” the instrumentation and delivery of the tracks just keeps changing.  It’s surprising (in a good way), but makes sense considering how Doerr first formed the band.  Shortly after ditching his solo effort, he gathered some fellow players in his living room, made a pile of instruments in the center and encouraged his friends simply to “pick up whatever looks good.”

As if waiting to turn out the lights, the album saves an alternate take of “Farther Than Light for last.  Over thoughtfully spaced piano chords, Doerr’s unique tenor explains that he’s “Farther than light/ Farther than pain/ Farther than all those little things.”  Ramsey answers in a verse of her own, soon joined by Doerr to complete this lonely, beaten-up ballad. What they’re missing; what they’re far from could be many things, but all of them have to do with love.

“Having to do with love” seems an accurate description of every track on Farther Than Light.  Whether up or down, Doerr always leads the band somewhere honest; somewhere real.  Word has it that the album is short-listed for album of the year and in my opinion, that’s a rumor worth believing.

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