Monday, August 29, 2011

TODAY: Ben Prestage in Bradenton at Aces Live for Damon Fowler's Sugar Shack Mondays

One-man-band Ben Prestage brings back his singular stylings -- he was superb in February, here's the footage -- to Damon Fowler's "Sugar Shack Mondays."

Prestage and the arsenal of weapons he learned to play while busking on Beale Street in Memphis not only make for great listening but interesting viewing. From his bio:
"I started playing drums with my feet as an attention grabber but soon found out that the drums played with foot pedals actually enhanced my music dramatically," Prestage said.

"Not only were people listening and buyin' discs, they were now dancing and hollerin' to boot.

"Now I am to the point where, if you close your eyes, you would think there was a professional drummer with a full-size drum-kit behind me," he continued.

Prestage recently self-released the album "One Crow Murder." It's reviewed in the current issue of Blues Revue magazine (page 45):
True, the "one man band" may be an anachronism in this day of screaming, Stevie Ray Vaughan-styled blues-rock guitars, but Ben Prestage pulls it off with talent, intelligence and a poetic ear for story telling. "One Crow Murder" is thinking man (and woman's) acoustic blues, Prestage bringing country blues into the modern era with a style that owes as much to Tom Waits as it does to Robert Johnson.

Damon Fowler's "Sugar Shack Mondays"
Showcasing the best in touring talent
8:30 p.m. Mon., Aug. 29 with special guest:
Ben Prestage
No cover

Click to watch at 8:30 p.m. today (Aug. 29) for performance and then my interview with Prestage between sets.

Watch live streaming video from sugarshackmonday at

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