Ben Prestage | Down-Home & Home-Made

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Down-Home & Home-Made

by Ben Prestage

Deep dirty down-home Southern Country Blues...the future of Southern music...
Genre: Blues: Delta Style
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1. Illinois Blues
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2. Weedhead
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3. My Babe
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4. Hipshake
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5. The Lost Highway
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6. Ramble #1
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7. 2:19
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8. Hurricane Blues
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9. Travelin' Riverside Blues
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10. Devil in a Bottle
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11. Colors
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Album Notes
Hailing from the Dirty, Deep South, Ben Prestage creates a fresh, new sound on “down-home & Home-made” by resurrecting the musical spirits of the past. Prestage was voted one of the top 3 best performers at the International Blues Competition (2003 & 2006, Memphis,TN: home of the Blues-Birthplace of Rock and Roll) 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 an 1. 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.
The diddley bow is significant to blues music in that many blues guitarists got their start playing it as children, as well as the fact that, like the slide guitar, it is played with a slide.
A notable performer of the instrument was the Mississippi blues musician Lonnie Pitchford, who used to demonstrate the instrument by stretching a wire between two nails hammered into the wood of a vertical beam making up part of the front porch of his home.

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: Tragic, Chaotic, Melodic and Hep.


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Excellently awesome
Absolutely all that I thought it would be and more!!! Saw Ben at FL Folk Festival, wasn't all that familiar~~Big Fan now!

Cotton Top

Great Stuff !! A sure cure for the blues.
A great cd from one of the best young blues players around. Ben really gets it. I saw him in Jax. at Springing The Blues Festival and seeing is still unbelieving.

Good work from a rising blues artist
Well I admit, I bought the CD for track #2 and my girlfriends and I cackle over it. Overall, the music on this CD has good groves, an interesting sound, and there is no doubt this guy is an up and coming blues musician. I look forward to keeping up with his future success!


Great CD--Not as much fun as live, but still great
Saw Ben live and he's great! A one man band with a solid blues voice and unbelievably talented on his guitars--especially his "cigar box" models. Also got great service from CD Baby.


Excellent CD - Will be needing more
Purchased after hearing a song on XM Radio. Excellent CD!!!! Will be purchasing more.

Laura Bohn

Down Home and Home made
One of my favorites. Love to play it at home and watch old and young dance too it!

Epi"s Boy

Best cd from the best young musician around!
Saw him live at Kalamazoo Blues Festival. He stole the show. Don't miss this guy if he comes around!

Chris Jay

What Ben is about
I recorded this album for Ben in a small lil studio, everything you hear is 1st take, no over-dubs! Ben is one of those guys that can blow your mind then buy ya shot to drink with him. One of the greatest friends I have!


You need Ben P in your life!
Seen him live MANY times! Hear him in my house, car, (head) ALL the time (pretty much). There is something pure, wild, and unbelievably creative in Ben's music. Treat yourself. Buy ALL his CD's. Support the arts, and this talented, good man, on his way up... request his songs on XM. And for God's sake-- GO SEE HIM LIVE! You won't regret it.

robert Dito

down home
wonderful cd great new talent Hope to see Ben at the bamboo room in oct
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