ben prestage | beale street

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beale street

by ben prestage

Downhome, Backwoods, Mississippi Country Blues, Delta Blues, Swamp Blues, guitar, dobro, diddley bow, foot drums, soaked in muddy water...
Genre: Blues: Delta Style
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1. jitterbug swing
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4:09 $0.99
2. the giver
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4:27 $0.99
3. stuttgart arkansas
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3:46 $0.99
4. preachin' blues
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3:16 $0.99
5. memphis
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6. back to the country
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7. 5 letter 4 word blues
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8. dough-boy's blues
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9. big fat mama (LIVE)
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10. mexican whorehouse (LIVE)
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Album Notes
My Grandaddy was a sharecropper/ farmer from Mississippi so I've heard and loved this music my whole life. Since teaching myself to play guitar as a schoolboy, I've been blessed enough to perform from California to the Carolinas to the Keys in Florida, in large festivals, all kinds of bars, and sometimes sidewalks.
I recorded "Beale Street" while living in Memphis, TN, where I made a living as a street performer, when I wasn't on the road. I used to share a space on the sidewalk in front of the New Daisy Theatre on (historic) Beale Street, with Robert Belfour (Fat Possum Records), and Richard Johnston (2001 International Blues Competition Winner.) After he won the IBC I did some touring with Richard.
Busking on Beale is where I added drums to my show. I have 4 pedals that I can manipulate with the heels and fronts of my feet to play a drumkit. I also picked up an intrument made out of a cigar box (crafted by Memphian/ musician, John Lowe) that has regular guitar strings and bass guitar strings that can be played independently, at the same time. It may sound funny in a description, but live or on c.d. the sound will get people dancing.
Track # 2 on "Beale Street", "The Giver" is one song where I play the Cigar Box Guitar (bass and guitar), foot drums and sing at the same time. Check out a sound clip!


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Angela Logsdon

it's great to listin to this ben plays like someone would in their basement with no one watching- just letting it all out and loving it -that's what its all about baby


Ben is a one man band!! He is one of the most talented artists I have seen in years!! Blaze a trail to noteriety Ben!!!


The best blues around!
Great guitar and foot drums! The cigar box and slide playing is stellar! All around about as good as it gets!

Wesley Neal

Awesome Stuff!!!!
Completely awesome,I have both albums and they are great. You could of told me it was Jorma Kaukonen playing. In fact you could of said Bela Fleck was backing him up and I would believe it.

Big John Barr

Bukka Would Be Proud!!
If you love great blues, this is it! Ben where have you been??

Tom Pongetti

Blown away
I can't believe that all this great music comes out of one man, 3 drums and cymbals, and one guitar.....Unbelieveable!!!


Beale Street or the Roadhouse?
This is some really great, fun, funky & unbelievable music. It's a combination of history and honky tonk, the blues and some of the best get-up-outta-your-chair-and-dance music that can possibly be. Ben was born into this & must have it coursing through his veins. It reaches everyone from the genre afficionado to the beer-drinkin bikers! Woo-hoo!

Sue & Pete

Great CD ! We knew it would be. Ain't nobody like this guy!
The music on this Cd is some of the best you will hear anywhere. Not the same old tired blues that's been whipped like a Mississippi mule. When are you comming back to Beal Street Ben? We miss you and your music!

Paul & Marion

How the Blues should be played
This guy is keeping it real. Exciting,infectious,groovy!

Jan Humulock

Ben-America's got Talent is coming to really should check it out-dates are on the internet website...Love You Aunt Joan
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