Ben Prestage Brings Delta Blues on Slide Guitar and Diddley-Bow to ParrotPosted On:
Ben Prestage Brings Delta Blues on Slide Guitar and Diddley-Bow to Parrot
Hailed by some as “the future of Southern music”, Ben Prestage will
perform true American roots music and down-home Southern Country
Blues on slide guitar and diddley-bow at The Green Parrot with 5:30 P.M.
soundchecks on Friday, October 1st and Sunday, October 3rd.
Hailing from the Dirty, Deep South, and born the grandson of a
Mississippi sharecropper, Prestage has been soaked in blues tradition
and Mississippi culture since birth. Ben Prestage creates a fresh,
new sound while resurrecting the musical spirits of the past.
Prestage was voted one of the top 3 best performers at the
International Blues Competition in Memphis and he is the only two time
recipient of the prestigious “Lyons/Pitchford Award” for “best
diddley-bow player.” Ben now utilizes his mastery of the diddley-bow
to take this traditional, Southern, folk instrument to new dimensions.
FYI: from wikipedia: The diddley bow is 1. an American string
instrument of African origin. It is typically homemade, consisting
usually of a wooden board and a single wire string stretched between
two screws, and played by plucking while varying the pitch with a
metal or glass slide held in the other hand. To the unique sound of
Ben’s homemade diddley-bow (made by a friend, John Lowe of Memphis,
TN) he adds another homemade instrument, the
lap-steel-guitar (made by his father Kenneth Prestage.) The
combination of these two instruments creates a fresh, new sound that
is the perfect canvas for Prestage’s wordsmithing. Growing up in the
swamps of south-central Florida, Prestage began to mix Mississippi
country blues with his own brand of Florida swamp blues Ben Prestage
spent some time as a street performer on historic Beale
Street, while living in Memphis, TN. He used to share a spot in front
of the New Daisy Theatre with modern blues legends Robert Belfour (Fat
Possum Records) and Richard Johnston (2001 International Blues
Being a street musician in the “Blues capital of the South” threw
Prestage’s music in a new direction. To his show, he added a cigarbox
guitar (made by Memphian an one-man-band John Lowe) which has stereo
guitar and bass strings that can be played independently, at the same
time. Then Ben added a series of four foot pedals that can be
manipulated by the heels and toes of both feet to play a drumkit. The
final result is Ben playing guitar, bass, and drums while singing his
own brand of Blues which leaves bottles empty and dance floors full
wherever his music takes him. Playing in large festivals, every kind
of bar, and sometimes on downtown sidewalks, Ben’s muddy-water
-meets-black-water stew has been turning heads from California to the
Carolinas to the Florida Keys.
Ben was voted “one of the three best unsigned performers in the world”
at the 2006 International Blues Challenge and is the only two-time
recipient of the prestigious “Lyons/Pitchford Award’ for “Best
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