Bio

"From 1920's blues to contemporary folk, Ben J Carter plucks and slides his way through a century of roots styles. His superb original material is  bound to delight the blues and guitar purists and captivate modern singer-songwriter fans alike."     

 Benjamin William Pike - (Blues and Roots Radio Canada)                                                                                                                            

"The combination of folk songs (and blues) with the added melancholic string ensemble delivers a remarkable, exceptionally beautiful debut album."        Peter Marinus - Blues Magazine (Netherlands)

"These Winters they howl is an excellent album!"  -  Max Crawdaddy (Triple R radio) Melbourne

After honing his skills busking the city streets of Melbourne Carter turned his attention to writing, recording and  playing his own brand of folk and country blues  to venues and festivals across Victoria including The Echuca - Moama Winter Blues Festival, Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival and The Bendigo Blues Tram. His one man band live show incorporating acoustic guitar, weissenborn lap steel, stomp box, percussion and harmonica goes from soaring slide guitar and blues hollers to folk song ballads.

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His reinterpretation  of old time country blues aims to pay tribute to iconic bluesman of a bygone era such as Skip James, Fred Mcdowell, Lightning Hopkins and Robert Johnson, as well as providing a swag of original folk songs.

Heading into the studio with a bunch of songs  penned, the resulting album “These Winters They Howl” was released in late 2017. The album conveys his mastery of finger picking  guitar and features the combined respective talents of Anita Quayle (cello), Hannah Francis (fiddle), Jason Bunn (violin/viola) and Damien Fitzgerald on Drums. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's a melodic journey through americana, folk and blues with gleaming string sections adding a rich atmosphere.

Ben is also a founding member of Melbourne band 'Cold Irons Bound'   http://www.coldironsbound.com