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by Stephen Bennett

One reviewer says: "His music reaches down in your soul and touches you."
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Walk on Winkfield Row
Stephen Bennett
3:35 $0.99
2. River
Stephen Bennett/Tommy Emmanuel
4:29 $0.99
3. I Knew It Was You
Stephen Bennett
2:51 $0.99
4. The Most Beautiful Sky
Stephen Bennett
3:58 $0.99
5. Late Last Night
Stephen Bennett
3:46 $0.99
6. Color Line
Stephen Bennett
3:59 $0.99
7. Middle-Aged White Guy Blues
Stephen Bennett
2:12 $0.99
8. Waltz for a Maple Tree
Stephen Bennett
3:18 $0.99
9. Little Martha (Stewart)
Stephen Bennett
3:27 $0.99
10. Run, Cathy Freeman, Run / Advance Australia Fair
Stephen Bennett
3:41 $0.99
11. Oregon
Stephen Bennett
4:22 $0.99
12. Bridget O'Malley
Stephen Bennett
4:08 $0.99
13. The Travis Crawl
Stephen Bennett
2:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
River includes a number of what have become SB classics in the years since its 2001 release.

The testimony of concert-goers is that his work is the product of both mind and heart, intellectually challenging and emotionally satisfying - - and it is deeply personal, even as it is universal. Listeners have a feeling that they have stepped into the world of the musician, and for a short moment in time, there are only the two of them there.

"Stephen Bennett is a world class guitarist! He is a virtuoso player on the six-string guitar and the harp guitar. He is an important part of our Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention every year in Nashville. He is a wonderful composer and arranger, and I am sure you will be amazed at his music! Mark Pritcher, President, Chet Atkins Appreciation Society, 12/9/02

"Count me a fan. It's amazing to me that the man can produce so many beautiful notes without obviously moving his fingers. I am mesmerized. I love Stephen's stage presence. He's a consummate musician and gentle humorist who's sensitive and accessible to his audience. He can play a piece so poignantly that there are audible sniffles throughout the hall, then with just a subtle shift in tempo and some tricky fingering he can make us all chuckle - - a musician magician. And he's right: under certain stage lights his hair does look a little gray. Simply amazing.
-J. Holley Watts, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

"His own compositions are great, and his arrangements of well-known tunes are refreshing, full of new ideas; it seems as if he has composed these songs anew."
- Bernd Weber, German guitar festival promoter

"His compositions are so beautiful, filled with great emotion and great sensitivity. He is one of those musicians who serve the music, and only the music."
-Regis Yagoubi, President, Guitar Picking Association, Douai, France

"His original compositions are pieces of real art. When you become familiar with them, you feel the best addiction you can ever feel: you can't leave them behind. You need to keep them with you as good companions who help you walk through your days with that positive attitude that lets you face life as something that's always worth the living."
-Pierpaolo Adda, Music Journalist and festival promoter, Italy, 11/18/02

About the Person
"Stephen is our Virginian on the border. He brings the tradition of his art to a world receptive to the sound of his music and the world of the guitar. That his guitar adds yet a new dimension to this home of the Mariachi, the corrido and the guitaristas is his gift to us. That he was here with us when the bombing began in Afghanistan and he chose to open his set with the national anthem has bonded him to us and to this region forever . . We kinda think a lot of the guy, in case you can't tell."
-Virginia Ness, Arts Director, Chamizal National Memorial, El Paso, Texas, 11/19/02

"He's known for his stage presence and sense of humor as much as his amazing guitar skills."
- Seacoast Guitar Society, 3/11/01

"Stephen has a wonderful sense of humor and made the room feel like it was on a magic carpet ride."
-Delaware Valley Fingerstyle Guitar Association, 2002

"The first time I heard Stephen's music was at Issoudun. I was very impressed by the musicality of his work with the guitar. Some years later I had the opportunity to meet him at our guitar festival in Douai. I was very happy to meet the guitarist, but I also met a really good man, always close to you, always listening to you, always thinking how to give something good to you through his heart and his music. I have learned so much from Stephen!
-Regis Yagoubi, President, Guitar Picking Association, Douai, France, 11/21/02

"When I first heard him playing a few years ago in Issoudun, I felt like I had been pushed into a different world, where the lost emotions come back to your heart and make it beat in a different way. What Stephen can do, and few artists have this gift, is to speak directly to your heart and to move your best feelings! I consider Stephen a great musician and a real friend."
Pierpaolo Adda, Music Journalist, Italy, 11/18/02



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raymond j tetreault

Nice guitar playing. I'll try more releases.

Jorge Venegas

Eric Clapton,Duane Allman,Dickie Betz,Wes Montogomery,
Jimmy Hendrix,in short all the acclaimed guitarists have something to enjoy and learn from this man.Exquisite compositions performed impecabbly.