Along the way, he's often astonished and delighted others. Being born and raised in Surry County, North Carolina didn't hurt. In this country, the home of celebrated old time musicians Fred Cockerham, Tommy Jarrell, Earnest East and Kyle Creed, musical signatures are very strong. Benton's is as strong as any in a place where individuality is taken for granted, even nurtured and approved, and powerful personalities abound. Old time fiddlers' conventions remain part of community life.
Here, with very little listening experience, you can tell who's about to fiddle a tune as soon as a bow is drawn across the strings. Benton educated himself, in music as in most other things. He listened to a fiddling uncle who would come to visit from Thomasville, NC. He seems to have listened intently to the late Esker Hutchins, a highly respected local fiddler and banjo picker with whom he played for several years on a radio and at fiddlers' conventions. Benton continues to play square dances and parties with the Dryhill Draggers, and he still gets together with friends at home for a tune. "I guess I'll keep draggin' the bow until I just can't do it anymore," he said one day, sitting his den with a wall of filddling trophies behind him. -taken from Paul Brown, Westfield, NC Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/bentonflippen Read more on Last.fm.
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