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Sean Benjamin
Hometown - Lincoln, Nebraska
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Bands
Wild Turkey
New Atomic Robert Band - Guitar, Vocals (1992 - )
Cocktail Shorty And The Tablerockers
Bobby Lowell and the Wrecking Crew
T-Bone Walker
Back Slap Blues Band, The
Bobby Lowell and the Rock-A-Boogie Boys
Not All There
Little Jimmy Valentine and the Heartmurmurs
Cocktail Shorty And The Tablerockers
Biography
Bluesman Sean Benjamin’s career began at a young age playing lead guitar with “The Outcasts” in Pleasentville, NY in 1966-67. In 1969 he moved to Cambridge, MA first joining “Orange Wedge” and then, still in his teens – playing lead for “Jake & The Family Jewels” backing the legendary Bo Diddley for a series of concerts.

By 1972, Benjamin was taking lessons from Paul Lenert (later of T-Bone Walker’s Band) and friend, “Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters Band). He performed with Lenert at Windom College in Vermont in front of a crowd of 8000.

In 1973, Benjamin joined Bill Briggs (Barry & The Remains) in “Funky Potatoes”. The Remains had earlier released several albums on national labels and opened for The Beatles on their last USA tour. While in New York, Benjamin met and befriended the late John Lennon (The Beatles). Later in 1973, Benjamin’s father found work in Lincoln, NE. Sean immediately sought out the major blues players in Lincoln (Jim Cidlik and Dave Trupp) and joined their band. Sean returned to the East Coast after school in 1974 and joined up with former “Blues Project” founder, Tommy Flanders. Flanders later performed material with Eric Anderson on Verve Records. They recorded at Phil Ramone’s A&R Studio’s & played at Richie Haven’s Café Wha. They negotiated record deals with ABC Dunhill & Don Kirschner Records, which never materialized.

Sean then joined up with Phil Greene (Warner Bros Records) & Kenny Lyons (Columbia Records). Sean & Green composed “Love Me The Way I Am” & the proceeds went to form Normandy Studios in Warren, Rhode Island.

In 1975 Sean met and studied guitar from the great Aaron “T-Bone” Walker. Walker had moved to piano & vocals by then, and Sean was hired to play lead in his band. However, after playing gigs with Walker at “Jacks”, Walker passed away before Sean could spend more time in his band.

In 1976, Sean joined The Back Slap Blues Band in Petersborough, NH (later to be “Roomful of Blues” – still a major recording and touring band.)

In 1977 – he was called back to Nebraska by Larry Boehmer, owner of the Zoo Bar (one of the great Blues Bars in the USA). Since 1977 – Sean has played lead and recorded with “Little Jimmy Valentine & The Heartmurmers”, “Cocktail Shorty & The Tablerockers” and “Not All There” – all great Zoo Bar House Bands. Recordings of all of these groups have been released on Vinyl, Tape or CD. The “Heartmurmers” LIVE AT THE ZOO BAR vinyl LP, featuring Benjamin on lead guitar, is one of the best live blues albums ever recorded. It was recently reissued on CD. He also recorded an excellent vinyl-45 with picture sleeve, along with Jim Cidlik

Benjamin has lived and performed in Lincoln, NE since 1977. He has backed literally every “name blues artist” in the country to acclaim. His live performances with “blues legends” read like a history book of blues. He just completed a series of recordings with Nebraska’s first “rocker”, Bobby Lowell. He recently formed “The Cruisers” with great Nebraska rockers Jeff Travis (“The Coachmen”), and Dave Robel (“Charlie Burton”), playing “in your face” rock & roll and blues ala “The Fabulous Thunderbirds”. Sean Benjamin although still in his 40’s has the credentials of “Bluesmen” much older. He is one of the “nice guys” of blues-rock in Nebraska, and is respected as a live performer, recording artist, songwriter and vocalist throughout the country.

Always mindful of his Nebraska roots over the last 30 years, Benjamin continually lauds the performances of others and the importance “Midwest Blues” has played in the national scene…never placing himself into the formula.