"From 1920's 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
Melbourne based Blues & Roots guitarist Ben J. Carter has been playing his bona fide brand of foot stomping slide guitar in venues and festivals across Victoria for several years, including The Echuca - Moama Winter Blues Festival, Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival and The Bendigo Blues Tram. His one man band live show incorporating acoustic guitar, weissenborn lap steel, stomp box, percussion and harmonica goes from soaring slide guitar and blues hollers to folk song ballads.
His reinterpretation of old time delta blues aims to pay tribute to iconic bluesmen of a bygone era such as Skip James, Fred Mcdowell, Lightning Hopkins and Robert Johnson, as well as providing a swag of original folk songs.
In early 2017 Carter headed into the studio with a bunch of original songs penned, the resulting album “These Winters They Howl” was released later that year to 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 a rich atmosphere.