DC Wanderer Finds Roots And Music In Asheville

Mar 8, 2019

Ben Phan is working on songs for a new album and looking for new ways to express himself through music.
Credit Ben Phan

Ben Phan remembers living in a van with his ex-girlfriend, bumming around the country and searching for a place to clean up his act and reinvent himself.

He had squandered his chance to study jazz and classical guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University, but he never lost his love for music or drive for adventure. He wanted a home, and he found one in Asheville. Invigorated by new energy and a new lifestyle, Phan laid down roots and set out on another journey: He grabbed his guitar and a lot of ramen and began to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. On the close to five-month trek from Mexico to Canada, Phan wrote songs and reconnected with his love of music. Phan joins host Frank Stasio from Blue Ridge Public Radio to perform and share stories about his latest album and the Kickstarter campaign that helped produce “Fear is the Teacher.”