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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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Gospel music is not for everyone. Nor, let's face it, is bluegrass. So, a bluegrass gospel album is slicing things rather thin. Yet, bluegrass has a long tradition of incorporating and embracing its gospel side, starting with Bill Monroe himself. As historian Neil V. Rosenberg has written "Bluegrass gospel is a form of discourse about the sacred which occurs in the secular context." Enter "Pull Your Savior In" by The Larry Stephenson Band. The Band has been going strong »»»
What Really Matters CD review - What Really Matters
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
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