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What people are saying about Benjamin !
I first heard Ben Dehart sing as he took his turn performing around a campfire at the Alafia River Rendezvous a few years ago. Ben's incredibly
clear, strong tenor left everyone in awe.
That beautiful clarity comes through on Ben's second CD, "Takin' Another Crack At It." The disc, which strongly reflects Ben's heritage in rural
Cracker Florida, perfectly showcases Ben's talents not only as a singer, but as a writer and musician as well.
Ben's original songs include "Papa, Can You Hear?" and "Granny I Miss You," each paying homage to his grandparents and treasured memories
of childhood. (Listen for Ben's haunting flute on "Papa, Can You Hear?") Far from somber, however, the disc is enlivened by other original songs
such as "Drunk Traps," which bemoans the necessities -- and comic dangers -- of tent ropes and stakes.
Florida folk music fans will enjoy "Cracker Cowman," Ben's rendition of Frank Thomas' classic. For Ben fans, however, the CD's highlight is
undeniably "Deo Vindice/Erin Go Bragh" -- Ben's own moving combination of "Dixie" and "Danny Boy" that will leave you wanting to hear more.
"Warrior Bard," Ben's first album, makes for good listening. "Takin' Another Crack At It" far surpasses that first effort. I've heard what's coming
on Album No. 3, which leads me to say Ben promises to get only better. And that's quite a feat.
-- Cinnamon Bair, historical writer (2005)
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