Ben Sanders is a versatile performer, instrumentalist, writer, producer, and teacher who has lived and worked in Nashville, Tennessee since 2006. Known primarily for his work on the fiddle and Monroe-style mandolin, he has had the opportunity to work with some of the finest artists in country, bluegrass, and old-time music today- including David Davis, Matt and Rachel Combs, The Sweetback Sisters, Brad Folk, Ward Stout, Jay Unger & Molly Mason, David Long, Luke Richardson, Marty Hays, Roland White, Mike Bub, Mandy Barnett, Mike Snider, Garrison Keillor, Nora Jane Struthers, Robert Montgomery, Alan Munde, Allison Brown, and Aly Bain.
In 2011, Ben was the first graduate from Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music with a degree in country, bluegrass, and old-time fiddle performance, under the direction of Matt Combs. He already has an array of accomplishments under his belt, including appearances on WSM’s “Grand Ole Opry”, Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, RFD-TV’s “Cumberland Highlanders Show”, and several state fiddle championship blue ribbons. Ben is also a seasoned educator. He’s been a featured instructor at Jay Ungar’s Ashokan Western & Swing Week, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and collaborated on lectures and presentations at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Vanderbilt University, the Cheekwood Museum of Art, and other middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the country. When he’s not touring or teaching, Ben can be found hard at work in the studio, lending his skills to numerous recordings as an instrumentalist, arranger, and producer.
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“…A bandleader’s dream, Ben is a first rate young man and onstage, a consummate professional. He has a strong desire to be great individually, but just as strong a desire to complement those around him. He has a large appetite for different types of music and a truly gifted ability to bring them forth through his instruments and voice. His appreciation for real music, traditional music and beyond has been and continues to be inspiring to me and the other group members. His knowledge and understanding of music stretches from old-time, traditional bluegrass, classic country and gospel to the classics and parlor music… If you get a chance to see Ben perform, be sure not to miss the opportunity. After hearing him, I believe you’ll be just as big a fan as I am.”
-David Davis (The Warrior River Boys)
“Over the last few years, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see the explosion of interest in traditional American fiddling styles by younger musicians… Ben Sanders is one of my favorite young fiddlers on the scene today. I love his deep, soulful playing, his passion for the life long process of learning the fiddle and above all, I admire his commitment to spend time with pickers such as David Davis who come from the “true vine” of Southern traditional music. To top it off, Ben is a great guy and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather jump in the van with to beat it up and down the blue highways bringing music to good people all across the country. Any band would be lucky to have Mr. Sanders along for the ride“.
-John Fabke (Spring Fed Records)