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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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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