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Kristen Scott Benson releases new CD

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 – Banjo player Kristen Scott Benson offers her second solo disc, "Second Season," on Pinecastle. Benson joined The Grascals this fall. Benson was voted banjo player of the year by the IBMA. Benson is the wife of Wayne Benson of iiird Tyme Out.

"Second Season" features eight instrumental and four vocal tracks with special guests Larry Cordle, Larry Stephenson, Josh Williams, David Grier, Sally Jones, Cody Kilby, Mickey Harris, Shad Cobb, Andy Todd, Jim Van Cleve and her husband. The project was recorded at Scott Vestal's Underground Studio, produced by by Benson. She was with The Larry Stephenson Band for seven years.

CD reviews for Kristin Scott Benson

Stringworks CD review - Stringworks
Four-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Kristin Scott Benson's "Stringworks" is a beautifully balanced bluegrass album alternating between instrumentals and songs. Claire Lynch breathlessly interprets Cheryl Wheeler's modern folk classic "When Fall Comes to New England" and Scott Benson's pals from The Grascals - Terry Eldredge and John Bryan - help out on one of the most engaging tracks, "Foggy Mountain Top." This track is spectacular not only for »»»
Second Season CD review - Second Season
Though she still looks hardly more than a teenager, Kristin Scott Benson has built up a solid and lengthy resume over the past decade as one of the more talented and capable banjo players on the bluegrass circuit through her session work as well as stints with high-profile band leaders like Larry Stephenson. Though as capable of lightning-fast licks as any, she demonstrates a nice melodic touch on this 12-track solo disc - her second - with tributes to icons Earl Scruggs (Bugle Call Rag) and Bill »»»
Straight Paths
Once in a great while you drop a CD into the player and it's pure pleasure: no so-so tracks, nothing you want to skip, good for your ears and soul front to back. Kristin Benson has made one of those recordings. It's strictly instrumental with your standard bluegrass band, just missing a dobro. Most of the finished cuts don't have the bit of a raw edge often heard in bluegrass, having a more languid, easy listening feel. That doesn't diminish the recording a bit, but will give it appeal beyond hardcore fans. »»»
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: LSD tour provides a lot of highs – This was not your grandkids' country, that's for sure. Even the name of the tour - the LSD Tour - was a throwback (albeit far before the principals were making music). But make no mistake about it. With the ever cool country traditionalist Dwight Yoakam, the country with some rock and blues and rabble rousing of Steve Earle thrown in and the... »»»
Concert Review: Alvin, Gilmore fortunately get together – Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore had known each other for decades, but it wasn't until last year that they toured together in a guitar pull setting. What started as a small Texas tour mushroomed into points east and west and eventually the release earlier this month of their blues-based disc, "Downey to Lubbock." And now we have the... »»»
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