Ben Smith- Denton, TX - Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Ben's story begins in the seat of a Massey-Ferguson 282 tractor in the bottomlands of the Red River Valley. One day, at the age of sixteen, he had a farming accident where the tractor flipped over onto a barbed wire fence, and Ben got pinned underneath 6,000 lbs of metal. Miraculously, he walked away that day with only a few scratches and a bruised tailbone.
The next morning, Ben's breakfast tasted better than anything he'd ever tasted. When he went to church with his family, the pastor began with, "Let us ask forgiveness for our sins," but all Ben could think was, "Let's thank God that we're alive!"
Two years later, Ben discovered a way to keep that kind of excitement alive as the chords of a guitar pressed to his chest seemed to resonate through his bones. Around the same time, he discovered his singing voice while driving long miles in his radio-less pick-up truck.
With one parent an English teacher and the other an Art teacher, Ben inherited a gift for creative writing, and excelled at it in school. As soon as he had learned his first three chords on guitar, it was only natural for him to start putting his own lyrics to the melodies he was creating.
Over the next few years, Ben honed his skills performing in college bars, campus events, and other venues while earning his Forestry degree at Texas A&M University, where he also ran track. Since then, Ben's musical journey has always been an ongoing adventure. Ben has released several independent albums, performed at an endless list of venues around Texas, all over the United States, and on both coasts! He's also opened for artists such as John Anderson, Mark Chesnutt, Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Sean McConnell, and Bobby Long. He was invited to perform at 2010 Steamboat MusicFest in Steamboat, CO, which is considered a milestone in the Texas and Americana Music Scene. In 2011, he was invited to an audition, made the top 10, and cast as a contestant in the TV show, CMT's Next Superstar, in which gave Ben national TV exposure on Country Music Television that Spring.
In the hot Texas Summers Ben has been known to just throw some camping gear, mountain bike, guitar, amp, and band merchandise in his truck, take off to the cool Rocky Mountains, and find mountain town bars and pubs in which to perform for fun-seekers and even play at the random occasional ranch wedding! Such excursions have taken him all over the United States.
Music is one color on a pallet of passions for Ben. An avid outdoorsman, he loves hiking a mountain trail every bit as much as perfroming his songs. Also a gifted craftsman, Ben pours every bit as much creativity into his woodworking creations as goes into his songs. To date, his pannicale woodworking accomplishment has been his very own, real cedar log cabin, which he built on his father's land, beginning at the age of seventeen. Ben's most recent record, "The Cabin Sessions," was recorded here.
Rather than an aspiring musician in pursuit of fame and fortune, Ben Smith is more accurately described simply as an adventurous soul who like to make music, among other things, and who looks forward to what awaits around the next curve.