Stephen Bennett

About Stephen Bennett

Whether playing his great-grandfather's harp guitar, his 1930 National Steel or a standard 6-string, Stephen Bennett is a musician to hear. His playing has won awards and critical praise. In live performance and on record, his diverse musical influences and interests are joined with a lifelong love affair with the sound of guitar strings.

December 2, 2020

As this bizarre year winds down, the fact that a normal human being will be sworn in as president soon helps to assuage the lingering surreality of 2020. So, that’s good.

My next recording is titled The Rights Of Coral and will be released in February as a digital album on all the usual platforms. The music was inspired by the book The Outlaw Ocean by Ian Urbina. I composed and recorded 10 tracks for this project and played all the instruments as well. And I had an audio archive to work with so there are all kinds of sounds related to ships and the sea, as well as occasional narrations. Though the subject matter was generally depressing, taking on this project resulted in a very fruitful burst of creativity for me for which I will always be grateful.

Not sure exactly what my next musical project will wind up being but I’ve already written and recorded much of it. I guess that means I need to figure it out soon, eh? I do know that whatever musical projects I put out from now on will no longer involve the manufacture of cds. They simply don’t sell anymore.

I’ve spent several hours a day for most of the last several months playing Bach on the mandolin. Thanks for that inspiration, Chris Thile! I’ve been having a blast!

Lastly, I’ve been asked to teach at Tommy Emmanuel’s guitar camp next September in Nashville. Tommy asked me to record some duets with him in the day or two before camp begins so that should be fun!

Stay safe and well,


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