Ben Garnett is a Nashville-based guitarist, composer, improviser, and educator. Originally from Arlington, Texas, Ben majored in jazz studies performance at the University of North Texas (2012-2016) and gained a reputation around the Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth music scene for his skilled versatility as an electric and acoustic guitarist in bands spanning multiple genres (western swing, gypsy jazz, modern jazz, bluegrass, country, rock, top 40, soul, and R&B). In April 2017, Ben was invited to participate in the Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, Georgia, a week-long mentorship program where he had the unique opportunity to study and play with acoustic music luminaries Mike Marshall, Bryan Sutton, Julian Lage, and Aoife O’Donovan.
Although with a background primarily in jazz and improvised music, Ben prefers to keep an open, “in the cracks,” musical palette, which lovingly and fluently draws on various traditions of music he’s been a part of (namely jazz, folk, bluegrass, classical, and rock music). He currently tours with bluegrass bassist and singer/songwriter Missy Raines and progressive-bluegrass band Circus No. 9. Off the road, he can be found playing around Nashville with the likes of Billy Contreras, Geoff Saunders (Mark O’Connor, Sierra Hull), Todd Parks (Sam Bush), Jordan Perlson (Becca Stevens), Jake Stargel, Jimmy Sullivan, Josh Hunt, and others.
Ben is currently making plans to release his debut solo record in the spring of 2020