Ben Carr is a Southern Vermont based musician focused on performance and education of drum set, percussion, and 'ukulele. He fronts his own band, the Ben Carr Music Project, and also performs solo. The BCMP performs original 'ukulele inspired rock, reggae, funk, and jazz. Ben has also appeared with many regional bands, including R&B/jazz artist Patty Carpenter, blues guitarist Sunny Lowdown, the Americana roots group the Milkhouse Heaters, and the original Vermont reggae outfit Mo Ambesa. In addition to these groups, Ben has shared the stage with Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Trumystic, Carlos Averhoff, Eugene Uman, Lou Erlanger, Ayizan Sannon, Page McConnell and Mike Gordon, Lil' Rev, Gerald Ross, and many more.
Ben's music combines his early years of growing up in SE Pennsylvania and his time spent living in New Orleans and Vermont. From this melting pot of rhythms, ideals, life experience and love comes a truly original style of music which reflects these influences and can be heard within his compositions
The Autumn of 2016 finds Ben putting the finishing touches on his 5th studio album, "A River's View of Sunrise." This set of solo 'ukulele compositions is evidence to Ben's desire to push the limits of the uke with harmonic textures, rhythmic looping, intricate fingerpicking, beatboxing, and more. The album is set to be released by the holidays.
December 21, 2014, marked the release of Ben's 4th solo album, "Unyielding", which features the BCMP performing ten original compositions rooted in world beat and rock with layerings of folk, jazz, and classical. The songs are melodically playful, dynamically adventurous, and at times full of raw energy while still containing moments of expressive simplicity. Lyrically the songs raise awareness on the human relationship to technology and the propensity for enforcing rule and thought upon others, while also encouraging us to find joy in everyday life and to embrace our place of coexistence in the natural world.
Ben Carr Music also provides live sound reinforcement, sound design, recording, mixing and editing services.