Ben - Guitar and Fiddle
Ben is a multi-instrumentalist from central Minnesota. His talents include lead guitar, fiddle, mandolin and a few others. Ben has a very musical background with several generations of musicians on his Mom and Dad’s side of the family. Surrounded with instruments and musicians at a very young age, Ben picked up on the lap steel guitar and standard guitar very quickly. His grandparents owned and operated Goeb’s Music store out of their home from the 1970’s through the mid 1990’s and his Grandpa had built Ben his first guitar at the age of 5. Although not formally educated in music, Ben has gained knowledge through years of experience and being surrounded by successful talent. Ben joined his first band “The Wagon Wheelers” at the age of 13 in 2003. Although a guitar player, he played the drums for the first two years until becoming the full time lead guitar player and 2nd fiddle to his uncle Kevin. Ben left the band after almost 9 years to pursue other opportunities. He decided to get out of the bar scene and went on to perform in two productions at St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre: “Back Home Again – A John Denver Christmas” & “Righteous!” – The Story Of The Righteous Brothers”. Ben was honored to have Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers involved in the project. Shortly after, Ben was introduced to Ryan & Hoss in a project that eventually evolved into the current band – “Copperhead Creek”. Going on 4 years with Copperhead Creek, they have played some of the biggest venues in the Midwest and have opened for artists such as: Wynonna Judd, Phil Vassar, Blackhawk, Katie Armiger and others. His favorite musical styles are: Modern country, traditional country, classic rock, southern rock, bluegrass and anything that has good instrumentation (because it’s not all about the singer). Ben’s influences include: Brad Paisley, Brent Mason, Vince Gill, Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, Les Paul, Jerry Reed, Albert Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Waylon Jennings, Stuart Duncan, Mark O’Connor, Andy Leftwich, Charlie Daniels, Alison Krauss and many, many more! His passion for music shows in every note he plays and every word he speaks. Make sure you come and say hi to him at an upcoming show!