Ben Caplan (& the Casual Smokers) - Photo credit: Courtney Lee Yip

Ben Caplan (& the Casual Smokers) – Photo credit: Courtney Lee Yip

On his first tour of the United States, Canadian musician Ben Caplan, ahead of a late spring/early summer release of the sophomore album by Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers, will set down in Santa Barbara later tonight at Velvet Jones nightclub starting at 8pm.

Hear a live, in-studio, solo-acoustic set by Ben Caplan during the second half of the KCSB-FM music program “Terminally Chill,” hosted by DJ Claire Breen.

His sound blends folk, roots rock, European Roma music, and jazz, with a sound at times reminiscent of the great Tom Waits. Ben Caplan hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has shared the stage with Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, and Blondie.

“Terminally Chill” airs on Wednesdays in the winter from 11am-1pm PST.