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Benjie Howard is a singer/ songwriter who grew up in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains on a steady diet of Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, and Johnny Cash. These influences are audible in his music along with a modern blend of Alt. Country and Alt. Pop. His songs are stories, "well crafted, with a vivid visual quality," deeply rooted in the American West.
In addition to working as a musician, Benjie is an educator and activist, working with youth around the country growing awareness of environmental and social issues in struggling communities. He's also a river guide on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. These experiences fuel the music. There is a truth telling and a wildness in his songs.
Benjie collaborates with poet and percussionist, Maketa Wilborn, and Hip-Hop artist, WADE Colwell-Sandoval as New Wilderness Project. The trio travel and perform at Universities in support of social justice.
Benjie worked with a stellar crew of talented NW musicians to complete his second full length album, "Secrets Like Bones" in July of 2012. He is now doing solo gigs, on the road with New Wilderness Project, and touring with singer songwriter, Gentri Watson.