Bio

Ben Lewis

Ben is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist hailing from Natchez, MS, a town rich in culture and history in a state rooted in the blues. With musicians on both sides of the family, he was exposed to a wide variety of music at a very early age. At age 10 he began playing trumpet, but found his true passion at age 12 when he was given his first hand-me-down guitar by his aunt.

At age 17, Ben found himself playing Bass in the local bars and house parties with a group of friends who called themselves Double Shot. When he turned 18 in 2000, Ben joined the Marine Corps and spent the next 4 years serving at different duty stations across the country as well as one tour in Iraq. His last duty station landed him in eastern North Carolina where he helped form a hard rock band called Absynth. After an honorable discharge, he stayed on the Carolina coast playing at local bars and festivals for several years following.

In the late summer of 2006, Ben moved back to Natchez, MS and reunited with former members of Double Shot, Jon Borum and Bob Buseck along with long time friend and drummer, Aaron O'Brien to form In Red Letters. IRL quickly gained popularity in the local bar scene with the release of their first and only album Beautiful World. In 2008, IRL played their biggest show at the Great Mississippi River Balloon Festival for the Friday night balloon glow.

In Red Letters disbanded shortly after and Ben began his solo acoustic career in a familiar Natchez music venue the Under the Hill Saloon. It was here that Ben met many travelling musicians and went on the share the stage and studio with artists like Walker Lukens, the Battlefield Band, Grand Child, and the Kodiak Farm Boys, and has played venues in Austin, TX, Nashville, TN, Little Rock, AR, Baton Rouge, LA, and Birmingham, AL.

In 2010, Ben recorded a short EP entitled "Friends" at a local studio in Natchez, MS. This EP featured guest appearances by many local musicians and friends he had made in his years playing in the area. He continued to tour the local area until 2014 when he moved to Little Rock, AR.

Ben is currently working with Sharp Sound Design in Natchez on his long overdue full length album due to be released in 2016.

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