Ben Parker has been called a "picker's picker." At 15, he is earning respect as a singer, songwriter,
and recording artist. Ben has performed on stages from the Shoals to Nashville. Ben won his division at
the 2012 Panoply Homegrown Talent competition. The Ben Parker Project won the prestigious Muscle Shoals to Music
Row Battle of the Bands in 2011 and went on to represent all of Alabama in Jackson, TN.
Ben has performed
at BB Kings, The Nashville Palace, The Stage on Broadway, and Festivals across the state including The Alabama Chicken and
Egg Festival, Watermelon Festival, WhistleStop, and numerous others. He has also performed at the Governor's Mansion
and Nashville songwriter venues.
He has recently finished work on his first Nashville recording project.
The recording features four songs written by Ben. The band will share the stage this year with legendary acts including
John Anderson, Confederate Railroad, and Restless Heart. Their sound is full of energy and excitement.
Ben started showing an interest for music from
the time he was born. Even before he could talk, he sat in the floor and banged on his mom's pots and pans with
a wooden spoon and hummed to the top of his lungs. He soon traded the wooden spoon for a plastic guitar that he slept
with at night instead of a teddy bear. From there he started on mandolin, then drums, and then he learned to make a
chord on a real guitar.
By the time he was nine, Benjamin began formal lessons with Heath Bain. Heath was
instrumental in building on the foundation Benjamin had received from his mom and dad. Benjamin began to learn
scales and "hot licks" from Heath and began to use them at every opportunity. One of the live venues that
help him learn to play "in the pocket" was S&R Catfish in Moulton. S&R features a weekly "jam
session" with players of all ages and skill levels. Benjamin began sitting in with the pickers and learned from
local players such as Rice Towery and Roger Sparks.
During this time Benjamin started watching live performances
on DVD of blues legends such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He spent hours playing along and
learning to imitate the licks and phrasings used by those legends. By age 10, Benjamin had already developed a
pretty impressive style and flavor that was a cross between the blues, country and classic rock.