Blues & Roots guitarist Ben J. Carter has been playing his bona fide brand of foot stomping bottleneck slide guitar and in venues and festivals across Victoria since 2015.
His one man band live show incorporating acoustic guitar, Weissenborn lap steel, harmonica, foot stomp and percussion goes from soaring slide guitar and blues hollers to folk song ballads.
Ben's reinterpretation of old time country blues aims to pay tribute to iconic bluesman of a bygone era such as Skip James, Lightning Hopkins, Fred Mcdowell and Robert Johnson, as well as providing a swag of original folk songs.
In late 2017 Carter's debut album “These Winters they howl” was released receiving rave reviews. The album conveys his mastery of finger picking guitar and features the combined respective talents of Anita Quayle (cello), Hannah Francis (fiddle), Jason Bunn (violin/viola) and Damien Fitzgerald on Drums. It's a melodic journey through americana, folk and blues with gleaming string sections adding rich atmosphere
"From 1920s blues to contemporary folk, Ben J Carter plucks and slides his way through a century of roots styles. His superb original material is bound to delight the blues and guitar purists and captivate modern singer-songwriter fans alike."
Benjamin William Pike -
(Blues and Roots Radio Canada)
"The combination of folk songs (and blues) with the added melancholic string ensemble delivers a remarkable, exceptionally beautiful debut album."
Peter Marinus - Blues Magazine (Netherlands)
"These Winters they howl is an excellent album!" - Max Crawdaddy (Triple R radio) Melbourne
Ben J. Carter plays upbeat foot stomping Blues/Roots/Americana.It's untamed bottleneck slide guitar and lap steel finger picking from country blues to original folk.