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.

A Note From Stephen

Hello there. Thanks for stopping by.

As of late, I’ve adopted a new approach to life – and now by extension, to my website. I’m no longer actively trying to advance my career as a solo guitarist – and thus have decided to take down from here the assortment of nice quotes, reviews and superlatives I’ve collected over the years. That sort of thing has been a mainstay of the site since I created it back in the 1990s. It’s part and parcel of the self-promotion that any independent artist must undertake to survive. But at this point, I’ve got nothing to prove to anyone other than myself, only more music to create. So the self-promotion I’ve never been all that good at anyway is going to occupy if not exactly zero space here from now on, at least very little.

My career goals have always been relatively modest. They have consisted of just a few things: to earn a good reputation among my peers – first, as a good player of the various guitars I use – and secondly, as a composer of quality music for those guitars. In recent years, I have also written a lot of music for instruments other than guitar, for full symphony orchestra, for example. It’s a bit more difficult to achieve a reputation for that work but I am putting some effort in that direction. Lastly, I have hoped that the music I’ve created over the years has had meaning for those around the world who’ve taken the time to listen to it. Many affirmations of that have come my way, for which I am grateful.

I will continue to play a few live shows here and there. But as I am generally happier and healthier when I’m at home, home in Connecticut is where I’ll generally be. Over the years, I have had the good fortune to play in many places and with many wonderful musicians. That’s been great – but I’ve done enough of it so that I no longer feel any burning need to go too far afield. And by extension, I no longer see the need for much self-promotion to find and book shows.

Plenty of new music is still swirling inside me, for my various guitars as well as for other instruments. I absolutely look forward to getting that music out of my head and onto new recordings – and then out into the world for people to hear. That part doesn’t change!

Best wishes to all,