Ben Parker
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Ben Parker

Ben Parker started playing traditional music in 2000. He has been the front man and song-writer for several acoustic bands in the past, from the North Carolina jam-grass band, Run of the Mill, to Philadelphia's contemporary acoustic-rock band, The Delta Natural. Alongside Robert Thornhill, he founded the driving bluegrass/country duet, The Reckless Brothers.

Though he has another primary vocation, he is committed to growing through a lifetime of musical training with the guitar and mandolin family of instruments. As a player, he can deliver resounding variation of sound and emotion through his various influences.

He prides himself in loving and listening to all music; pop, jazz, gypsy, rock, country and classical, but he grounds himself in bluegrass. He is inspired by many of the mandolin and guitar greats, but more so by music itself, and by his past and present band-mates.

Hank, Pattie & The Current has been the most invigorating project thus far for him, giving him the chance to work alongside some of the most gifted musicians. The band is truly a review of all acoustic genres of music and beyond, and therefore fits him just right.