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Ben Stevens is a revivalist of traditional blues: he delves deep to bring traditional styles into the present.  Ben soulfully summons the spirit of the blues and makes it his own. The roster of blues legends from whom Stevens has learned includes such heavies as revered Virginia picker John Jackson, Homesick James, Robert Jr. Lockwood, and John Hammond who taught Stevens the finer points of slide guitar. Stevens has lived in many places around the world and brings to his music flavors and textures he’s picked up along the way. 
 
It was in Greenwich Village that Ben jammed and connected with such greats as Jorma Kaukonen, Jaco Pastorious and Papa John Creach, who taught Ben that “it’s not the notes you play, it’s the notes you don’t play.” 
 
To many music fans, Ben Stevens' name is familiar from the days of Bleecker St., one of Colorado's most acclaimed blues bands. .  The duo's jug-band/retro-blues sound became popular across Colorado, then spread through much of the United States and parts of Europe. However it was as a solo artist that Stevens really got to dig deep in the well and travel and learn first hand from some of the very best bluesman to ever live.

Stevens recently represented Austin Texas at the International Blues Competition in Memphis 2011. He now is proud to call Austin Home and is eager to share his unique style of blues playing with this vibrant musical community as both a teacher and a performer of  traditional and modern finger-style blues and Americana music.


 

Ben at the crossroads

"My music is from the heart and draped over African rhythms. A heartbeat. That is what really makes it Blues music, the language of the heart. The rhythm of my life surrounded by Island and American culture, history along with the landscapes and personal journeys I live. I have learned so much from the early bluesman, people like Homesick James and my friend Johnny Long. My time with them has shaped my life as well as my music and it is so important to carry on that mission and share all that I have learned. "

"Music is something in my life bigger than myself. It leads the way often to new places. The blues will show you the way."