Ben Gilmer grew up in the mountains of southwestern Virginia where he passed his time messing around the farm with his brother and cousins and playing music with family. With a long family history in the region, Ben started out learning traditional bluegrass music the traditional way - Thursday nights at the local barbershop with the regular gathering of seasoned pickers. Using traditional bluegrass and country music as his foundation, Ben started writing songs in high school that reflected his growing appreciation for Americana, alt-country, and roots music. Ben\'s songwriting reflects a strong sense of place deeply rooted in southern Appalachia - honest songs about hard times, family, and love. Playing solo and with various bands, Ben has entertained pubs, coffee houses, and concert venues throughout the region for the past ten years, and is now based in the Pacific Northwest. Ben\'s debut album, \'Juxtaposed,\' (2008) was recorded with the wonderful Mark Hodges at Mountain Fever Studios in Floyd County, Virginia. Juxtaposed is a collection of 12 original songs that truly capture the essence of Ben's songwriting and diverse musical background. Juxtaposed firmly rests at the confluence of country, folk, rock, and roots music - genuine, rootsy Americana music with the same grit and soul that can be found throughout the mountains of southern Appalachia.
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