ABOUT

Born in Hiram, Maine. Schooled at home, where Beach Boys, Beatles and Marty Robbins graced my parents stereos. The first vinyl record I ever listened to was the London recording of Jesus Christ SuperStar. The first cassette tape I recall owning was Mariah Carey "Music Box", but other early favorites were Boyz II Men "Cooly-high-harmony", Marty Robbins' "Cowboy Ballads" and Brian Adams "Everything I do - Single". The first CD I ever owned was Green Day's "Dookie". High School at Fryeburg, started jazzing, and then McGill University in Montreal where it continued to branch. Schooled in Rock. Jazz. Sing with Effusion A Cappella for the soul, r+b, etc. Played with Dr Toms Leather for the quirky alt-country, Btars for the fronting and writing, Kweku and the Movement for the hip-hop, Dust Jackets for the funky indie-rock, Kokoro for the.. whatever it is Kokoro did, and so much more. Still learning...

Currently souloing at bars/clubs/restaurants in the Mount Washington Valley, Portland and beyond, playing acoustic guitar and singing and live-looping vocal percussion and harmonies on everything from soulful originals to jazz standards to rock 'n roll. Digesting all the new rhythms and melodies absorbed in New Zealand, where I have been touring for the past 6 months. Currently pushing my new CD, plugging my website, and writing tunes. Full length album with new band is on the horizon...
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Screen name:
BenHammondMusic
Member since:
Oct 14 2007
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Touring
Years playing music:
14
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week
Most available:
Days

Influences

The Beatles, Wilco, Stevie Wonder, Kurt Elling, Jack Johnson, Ray Charles, DMB, Damien Rice, Fat Freddy's Drop

EQUIPMENT

Taylor 412-ce Acoustic Guitar
Shure Beta 58-a
Fishman Loudbox 100 Acoustic Amp
Boomerang Loop Pedal (on beatboxing, vocals and guitar)

MUSIC