Alabama-born and Southern-raised, Brett Benton has been obsessed with country blues ever since he was a child, listening to his parents’ and grandparents’ records at an early age. By his teens he was playing behind a drum kit, and by his early 20’s was learning his way around slide guitar. Currently in the Pacific Northwest, he has been featured on Seattle’s KEXP-fm. Brett’s debut album, You Got To Pray features Grammy-winning hill country blues legend Cedric Burnside.
Known for his fierce rhythmic finger picking, melodic slide guitar and booming voice, Brett’s raw style is best heard one of two ways: paying homage to its roots with solo, acoustic slide guitar; and electric alongside a heavy, relentless and dynamic style of drums that really emphasizes what country blues is all about… the hypnotic groove! For either style being played, both remain true to the nature of country blues, while also retrofitted with grit and a bit of heaviness from the modern times.