Down The Music Trail
Benjamin Dehart

As a kid Benjamin Dehart played autoharp and sang Bluegrass favorites with his two younger brothers at local events
and family gatherings. Today, his soaring, lyrical voice is getting to be one of the most sought-after in the Florida Folk
Music scene.

Born in Ocala but raised in the small farming community of Oxford, Fla., Benjamin grew up around horses and cattle.
Although he later moved on to the big city, he never forgot his roots and uses them as inspiration for his music today.

"I developed my love of cowboy songs and the cowboy way of life as a teenager while working for local cattlemen and
farmers," he said. "Later, I began to participate in historical reenactments, and it was my love of history that focused
my musical direction."

It was at a frontier rendezvous encampment not too long ago that folks started taking notice of the burly, red-haired
tenor who, by this time, had put aside the autoharp in favor of the acoustic guitar.

Right away it seemed his music was in demand.

"People started asking me if I had a CD of my music, and I didn't," he said. "But it was touching to have this
outpouring from folks who wanted to take my music home with them."

So he made up his mind then and there that he would record a CD and have it ready for the following year's reenacting
season. His first CD, "Warrior Bard," released in 2002, included a mixture of original tunes, operatic pieces and old
Irish and Scottish traditional ballads.  His second CD, “Taking Another Crack At It,” was released in 2004, and blends
cracker cowboy history with the wistfulness of a modern-day mountain man trapped by the urban monster.

His third album, “Another Side of Me,” presents yet another aspect of this singer-songwriter’s multi-faceted
personality. This album focuses more on Seminole and Native American history, and has a somewhat darker tone than
his previous efforts, but will no doubt prove to be very popular among an ever-growing fan base.

“This album is very close to my heart. It tells the story of a people who were terribly wronged, of a people hated in war
and mistrusted in peace, and of sacrifices made for freedom,” Benjamin said.

The initial response to the new album has been overwhelming, he said.

Benjamin's latest CD release is entitled; "Bittersweet Cowboy Reflections" and judging by the title...we know what it is
about !

"This is the album that I have been waiting to produce my whole career," Benjamin said. "With original songs gleaned
from personal experiences out west, a few songs about Florida's cow hunters and cow culture, as well a few requested
traditional cowboy song favorites, this CD is destined to be a much loved collection among folks who are fans of the

In Benjamin's words; "With this new CD, it is my continual way of cultivating the culture of the Florida Cracker and
expressing my love of the cowboy way of life !

“I am so thrilled that folks have embraced my work in the manner that they have. I truly love my Florida heritage &
history, and I feel honored to be able to express this love through my music.”

Benjamin has been questioned on many occasions about his vocal training -- of which there has been none. He will
always respond to the question by saying, "Most of the knowledge you need to get by in life can be had just by paying

Since hitting the Florida folk music scene, Benjamin has appeared at many venues including :
  • The Alafia River Rendezvous - Homeland, FL

  • The Pinellas Folk Festival - Largo, FL

  • The Will McLean Florida Folk Festival - Dade City, FL

  • The Barberville Spring Music Frolic - Barberville, FL

  • Volusia Cattleman's Association "Cracker Day Rodeo" -, Deland, FL

  • The Florida Folk Festival - White Springs, FL

  • The Dade City Pioneer Days Festival - Dade City, FL

  • The Ravine Gardens Folk Festival - Palatka, FL

  • The Lake County Folk Festival - Eustis, FL

  • The Ocala Cultural Festival - Ocala , FL

  • The Barberville Fall Jamboree - Barberville, FL

  • The Cracker Christmas Festival at Fort Christmas - Christmas, FL

  • The Great Cracker Cattle Drive Reunion - Kissimmee, FL

  • The Flagler County Fair - Bunnell, FL

  • The Great Florida Cattle Drive 2006 & Cow Culture Celebration - Kenansville, FL

  • The Sunday Sampler Concert Series - Dunnellon, FL

  • The Big Cypress Shootout @ Billie Swamp Safari - Big Cypress Seminole Reservation

  • Florida Heritage Day @  Zephyrhills High School - Zephyrhills, Florida

  • Sons Of Confederate Veterans Dinner & Meeting, General Jubal A. Early Camp -Tampa, Florida

  • Indian Stuff / Hearts Breath Native American Flute Extravaganza - St Petersburg, FL

  • Live At The Larimer Concert Series - Palatka, FL

  • SilverHawk Native American Flute Gathering - Dade City, Florida

  • Nov 2007, Florida Cow Cavalry Memorial Dedication Ceremony - Plant City, Florida

  • Dade Battle, 2nd Seminole War Re-enactment - Bushnell, Florida

  • Rally For The Rivers @ Ravine Gardens - Palatka, Florida

  • The Arts Council of Greater Palatka River Front Concert Series - Palatka, FL

  • Benefit Concert for the Center For Great Apes - St Petersburg, FL

  • Gatorland's Roarin' Rodeo Days Concert - Orlando, FL

  •  Florida Ranch Rodeo Finals & Cowboy Heritage Festival - Kissimmee, FL

  • Harvest Music Jam @ Forever Florida - Holopaw, FL

  • Lake Wales Annual Pioneer Days Festival - Lake Wales, FL

  • Live on The Atticus Black Show, WELE  1380 AM - Ormond Beach, Fl

  • Patrick Smith Day @ Forever Florida, Holopaw - FL

  • Central Florida Anthropological Society Meeting @ Leu Gardens - Orlando, FL

  • Florida Songwriters Song Circle, Leu Gardens - Orlando, FL

  • Florida Songwriters Song Circle, European Street Cafe - Jacksonville, FL

  • Cracker Trail Association Annual Ride - Wauchula, FL

  • Osceola County Wagon Train & Trail Ride - Kenansville, FL

  • The Green Frog Moon Festival @ Sacred Lands - St Petersburg, FL  

  •  Art & Music Day for The Univ. Of North Fla's "St John's TLO Program"@ Blue Springs

  •  "Music At The Melon Barn" @ Robertson Farms - Zolfo Spring, FL

  •  Central Florida Fair Ranch Rodeo - Orlando, FL

  •  Wrangler Jr High School Rodeo Finals Awards Ceremony - Brighton, FL

  •  Woodview Coffee House Concert Series - Lecanto, FL

  •  CFF Songwriters Showcase @ Music Shack - Casselberry, FL

  •  Duchesne Arts Council's first annual “A Night in the Park” - Duchesne, Utah

  •  Encampment Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering - Encampment, Wyoming

  • "Music At The Museum", Florida Agriculture Museum - Palm Coast, FL

  • Hardee County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting - Wauchula, FL

  • Cracker Cattle Association Annual Sale - Brooksville, FL

  • AIA Orlando Pow Wow - Orlando, FL

  • The Annual City Of Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - Christmas, FL

  • Seminole County Historical Society Meeting - Sanford, FL

  • Florida Opry Concert Series - Plant City, FL

  • Volnei Rodriques Equine Training Clinic - Wildwood, FL

  • The Great Florida Cracker Invasion of Elko - Elko, NV

  •  The Langford Park Concert Series - Orlando, FL

  • The Costine Family Reunion - Lakeland, FL

  •  The Homeland Heritage Park Concert Series - Homeland, FL

  •  Gateway Center For The Arts Concert Series - Debary, FL

  •  Clay Sink Cattle Drive - Webster, FL

  •  South West Florida Heritage Festival @ The Crowley Museum -  Sarasota, FL

  •   Homecoming @ Oxford First Baptist Church - Oxford, FL

  •   Starry Night @ The Crowley Museum -  Sarasota, FL

  •   Southern Music Rising Festival - Monticello, FL

  •   Cow Hunter Congress - Okeechobee, FL

  •   Geneva Founders Day Celebration - Geneva, FL

  •   Seminole County Cattlemans Association Jr Ranch Rodeo - Geneva, FL

  •   Ashton Gardens Retirement Community - Tampa, FL

  •   Marion County Springs Festival - Ocala, FL

  •   Saint Johns River Festival Of the Arts - Sanford, FL
  •   Pine Castle Pioneer Days Festival - Orlando, FL

  •   Not A Clue Adventue's Resident Campfire Musician - All Over, FL

  •   Osceola County Historical Society Pioneer Day - Kissimmee, FL

  •   Cracker Field Day @ Warfield Elementary School - Indiantown, FL

  •   Cracker Country Show - Tampa, FL