His music is deeply rooted in traditional blues, yet at the same time fiercely original. His guitar playing earns labels like "fearless," "inventive" and "powerful," and he routinely brings audiences to their feet with his stunning and emotionally honest vocal delivery. Ben is as much home fronting his electric blues band as he is captivating a crowd solo with nothing but his voice and his resonator guitar.

Interview by Mark Thompson


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Thank You to the Cascade Blues Association for FOUR Muddy Awards in 2019 
  • Best Contemporary Act
  • Best Traditional Blues Act
  • Male Vocalist of the Year
  • Best Electric Guitar 

Out Of The Box now Available!

     Out Of The Box is an all original 11 song album recorded entirely on cigarbox guitars. The songs were written in collaboration between Ben Rice and RB Stone. Recorded in Portland, OR it also features Dave Melyan on drums and Joseph Barton on bass. 
     The record kicks off with an ode to 50's rock n' roll with blazing guitars on the song, Hot Rod Mama. From there Ben and RB trade vocal duties delving deeper into Blues, Southern Rock, and Americana. 
     Riddled with catchy melodies, thumping riffs, and danceable grooves, Out Of The Box is an album that stretches any preconceived notions of what the cigarbox guitar is capable of.

See the video below for a look into the creation of the album.

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