Benyaro / Bio

Benyaro, Jackson Hole and New York City's indie acoustic soul and roots power duo, has a sound reminiscent of "early Tom Waits" (KBGA- Missoula, MT), "acoustic David Bowie" (WESU- Middletown, CT), and "if you’re a fan of The Band or their modern-day counterparts The Avett Brothers, there’s a good chance you’ll take a shine to Good Day Better" (NASHVILLE SCENE). According to RELIX magazine's Jan/Feb 2011 issue, Benyaro is "on the verge...indie acoustic soul power." Their 2 albums (Benyaro and Good Day Better) have spent time on the CMJ Top 200 and over 120 radio stations across the world spin the music. Lead singer Ben Musser's voice has been dubbed "a strange amalgamation of Cat Stevens and Axl Rose" (YES! WEEKLY). Knowing this, one can expect Benyaro to deliver an intense, emotional, and upbeat performance. Musser and upright bassist Bobby McCullough combine their voices and instruments with feeling and honesty, drawing audiences into their world of soul, folk, country, rock, blues, gospel and beatboxing/house. Though only two performers, one is treated to the sound of a full acoustic band as they play percussion with feet, nylon string guitar and upright bass with hands and sing together with conviction. PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS writes Good Day Better offers a "campfire hoot of a sound endowed with warm tunes and tight harmonies." Good Day Better, Benyaro's latest, explores and expands the boundaries of acoustic music and is available at Benyaro shows, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and other fine online retailers.

In 2012 Benyaro performed 4 showcases at Sundance Film Festival, 5 showcases at SXSW, at Big Sky Big Grass Festival and toured extensively in the west. Their music will be featured in the independent film Our Longest Drive (http://ourlongestdrive.com/) which will be released in summer 2012. This summer Benyaro will support Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers for multiple shows and Monophonics for multiple shows.

In 2011 Benyaro shared the stage with Anders Osborne twice, The Stone Foxes twice, Dangermuffin 3xs, Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch, Shovels and Rope, Tony Furtado, Sahara Smith, The Farewell Drifters, Reed Foehl, Monophonics and closed for Brett Dennen. In the past 3 years they have shared the stage with The Avett Brothers, Jill Andrews, Samantha Crain, Gregory Alan Isakov, Malcolm Holcombe, Michael Daves and many other great acts.

General Info

Band Members
Ben Musser and Robert McCullough, with Meg Chamberlin, Scott Claassen, Chuck Schiermeyer and others...
Artist Name
Profile Page
Active Since
Americana / Folk / Indie

Contact Info

New York, NY
Drew Rosenfeld

Similar Artists

  • David Bowie (Official)
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens)
  • Neil Young
  • Mumford and Sons