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Ben Helson joins Larry Stephenson Band

Friday, November 9, 2007 – Ben Helson joined the Larry Stephenson Band, playing guitar. Helson becomes the youngest member of the bluegrass group at 21.

Originally from Bowling Green, Ky., Helson grew up in a family, which played, sang and listened to gospel and bluegrass music. He started learning to play guitar at an early age, playing with his father in a local bluegrass band. He also plays mandolin and handles vocals.

Helson resides in McKenzie, Tenn. where he is now attending his last year at Bethel College as a music business major on a full scholarship. He is a part of the performing arts program called Renaissance, in which he plays in the program's bluegrass group, as well as playing the electric guitar in the rhythm section.

Helson replaced Dustin Benson.

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