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bad words & big voices.


This musical duo and couple blends their combination of styles and talents to hit a piece of everything. With a repertoire spanning The Grateful Dead to Chris Stapleton to TLC to Sublime - paired with dozens of original songs from each - this team has something for everyone. 

Ben Wayne's room-stopping voice is enough to grab the attention of any crowd. That along with his incredibly catchy songwriting and deft acoustic guitar skills and he's a powerful one-man show. Mixed with Jess Novak's smooth violin work, equally accomplished songwriting and similarly strong voice and this is a team of equals - but each offer something unique and always exciting to the combination. Wayne and Novak don't just sing into the mic, they sing across it, often sharing songs for and about each other. That intimacy adds something stand-alone to their show - one that's infectious with sincerity.

Novak and Wayne released Rise on November 10, 2019. More music is quickly on the way.

Learn more about Ben Wayne here

For frequent live feeds, check: Ben Wayne Music and Jess Novak Music.

To hear Safe Word on SoundCloud - click here


The Safe Word Band features Mike Spadaro (Skunk City) on bass and Gavin George (JNB, BSG) on drums. Mixing Novak and Wayne's big voices and varied song lists, the band brings the same energy and mix of material as the duo, with an added punch of power and attitude.

Safe Word expands to become Last Call Kings with the addition of Ben Blujus on electric guitar and vocals. 

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