Ben Benedict: Picking Bluegrass and Taking Names.
This is part two of our biopics on former Prowlers that will be sitting in with us on January 1st at Martyrs. You can get tickets for all three shows here or buy them individually on their website here.
This guy is a force of nature. Ben is one of those people you just don't find in a big city very often. He grew up in rural Missouri and began playing music at a young age with his brothers and you just feel it when you get a chance to pick with him. In the business we call him "One of THOSE Guys"; and by that we mean he plays mandolin, banjo and piano...along with his monster flat-pick guitar skills.
Ben contributed a lot of things to the band, but his songwriting left a huge mark. Long after he left the Prowlers our recording of his song Simplify was placed in the video game Watch Dogs. To this day we have people coming out to our shows having discovered the band through playing the game. (Seriously, go check out the comments on this youtube video to see how many gamers were exposed to bluegrass for their first time though this powerful tune.) Ben's songwriting is real and connects with people on a deeper level than most. We can't wait to bust out his tunes on January 1st!
As a side note, Ben is honestly one of the funniest guys ever. I'll leave this bio he wrote for us here because it's much better than anything we would have come up with.
One more thing. We've had the pleasure of hearing some of the new music he mentioned. It's REALLY good and we plan on pressuring him to share some of it at the show. See you all at the New Years shows!