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Ben's story begins in the seat of a Massey-Ferguson 282 tractor in the bottomlands of the Red River Valley. One day, at the age of sixteen, he had a farming accident where the tractor flipped over onto a barbed wire fence, and Ben got pinned underneath 6,000 lbs of metal. Miraculously, he walked away that day with only a few scratches and a bruised tailbone.
The next morning, Ben's breakfast tasted better than anything he'd ever tasted. When he went to church with his family, the pastor began with, "Let us ask forgiveness for our sins," but all Ben could think was, "Let's thank God that we're alive!"
Two years later, Ben discovered a way to keep that kind of excitement alive as the chords of a guitar pressed to his chest seemed to resonate through his bones. Around the same time, he discovered his singing voice while driving long, monotonous miles in his radio-less pick-up truck.
With one parent an English teacher and the other an Art teacher, Ben inherited a gift for creative writing, and excelled at it in school. As soon as he had learned his first three chords on guitar, it was only natural for him to start putting his own lyrics to the melodies he was creating.
Over the next few years, Ben honed his skills performing in college bars, campus events, and other venues while earning his Forestry degree at Texas A&M University. Since then, Ben's musical journey has not been as much of a streamlined, career-oriented pursuit as it has an ongoing adventure. And Ben really considers himself more of an "adventurer who makes music" than a "musician," "artist," or "music business" person. However, Ben has managed to release several independent albums and perform at an endless list of venues around Texas and all over the United States, gathering new fans and new opportunities all along the way. In one such case, he was invited to perform at 2010 Steamboat MusicFest in Steamboat, CO, which is considered a milestone and right of passage in the Texas and Americana Music Scene. In another, he was featured locally on NBC News in Dallas/Fort Worth playing with his band at Adair's Saloon. In 2011, he was invited to an audition, made the top 10, and cast as a contestant in the reality TV show, CMT's Next Superstar, in which gave Ben national TV exposure on Country Music Television that Spring.
In the hot Texas Summers Ben has been known to just throw some camping gear, mountain bike, guitar, amp, and band merchandise in his truck, take off to the cool Rocky Mountains, and find mountain town bars and pubs in which to perform for fun-seeking tourists. Such excursions have taken him as far away from home as the Oregon Coast, and the Eastern Sea Board.
"I feel really blessed to be able to go out and gather new fans AND be able to finance travel excursions and adventures with my music," says Ben. "That's a really cool feeling and has led me to some great memories, friendships, and the chance to just move people with my music. That's what it's all about for me, and I really appreciate those who have supported and encouraged me so far."
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