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Ben's tastes are varied - growing up with his Father's Sidney Bechet records and then the Beatles, Iron butterfly and the Jefferson Airplane (his sister had the Mamas and the Papas and soundtrack to "Gigi" - he didn't like those too much). When in Connecticut Ben heard "Are You Experienced", Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Yardbirds and the Clapton/Mayall LP "Beano". In N.Y. a high school friend hipped him to the "real" guys - Freddie and Albert King, Memphis Slim and Buddy Guy. But he still listened to Jeff Beck and Les Paul. After the initial adolescent interest in guitar histrionics his tastes grew - Miles Davis, Roland Kirk, Eric Dolphy, Beethoven, Little Walter, Hank Williams, Ligeti. Recent faves include Robert Ward and Snooks Eaglin.
When Ben was starting out his ear was not sufficiently developed to figure out songs - so he wrote his own. The result of his listening habits was a rich and varied repertoire. While fusing rock, funk, soul, country, jazz and r&b influences Ben tries to bring the honesty and integrity of the blues to his work.
Ben Prevo must be one of the most talented guitarists currently on the scene...
Ben Prevo's Tele playing is exceptional.
Honest, uncomplicated and obviously human.
If Prevo ever shows up at your friendly neighborhood blues bar, do yourself a favour and check him out. You won't regret it for a minute.
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