From the swamps, cotton fields, and railroad tracks of the Arkansas Delta comes a new bluesman and a new mix of Country music and Delta Blues. With a mixture of artists such as Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Son House, and Muddy Waters, Ben Coulter takes smooth vocals, steady harmonica, and a rockin' acoustic guitar to produce a style being called Country Music...Delta Style.
Coulter has heaped praise from Grammy winners to Entertainment papers. Grammy Winner Anders Osborne said about Coulter ,"He sings every song like its the last song he'll ever sing", "You have a voice like a castle", "You are the voice that Nashville has been looking for". Nightflying magazine wrote that Coulter "could hold his own with any popular country artist you might hear on the radio these days" and that he is " firm proof homegrown talent is strong" in the state of Arkansas. Brandler Johnson, Host of the Thursday night Writers night at the Hall of Fame Lounge in Nashville said this about Coulter. ""Ben ,You put on a great show at the Hall of Fame Lounge tonight. The way you infuse a little Delta Blues into Country is fantastic." and "Outstanding show at the HOF last night. Your 3 hour encore set with Lisa Sanders and Boomer Castleman was unprecedented. It gave me the chance to hear more of your songs. Absolutely great stuff."
Growing up in the Arkansas Delta of Southeast Arkansas, Coulter was influenced at an early age by Gospel music, and country greats such as Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings. As he became older he was drawn more and more to the Bluesmen who had roamed the Delta years before. Bluesmen like Son House, Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters.
Coulter's college years saw him playing at least once a week at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, leading worship for the University's Christian ministry organizations, the Missionary Baptist Student Fellowship, and the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. He also played at Churches in the area. Leaving college in the spring of 2004, Coulter headed out to Branson, Mo, where he played on and off for 3 years.
Coulter would play 3 summers in Branson, playing at night around 6 times a week, and during the day around 4 days a week in different restaurants, beer gardens, and places around town. These places include Shorty Smalls Bar and Grill, the Pasta House, The State Park Marina, and he was also hired by Midwest Concerts to be a street entertainer at the Branson Landing. During those 3 years, he would head to Fayetteville,AR, during the winter and was a regular performer on Dickson Street. He performed at Big Daddy's Bar and Grill, and Benson's Bar and Que. He also performed weekly at Sodie's Underground on the square, and a few times at The Perk on Wedington.
In January of '07, Coulter headed to Nashville, TN, and was a regular host and performer at The Crescent Cafe and Oyster Bar. There he would share the stage many nights with Grammy Award winner, Anders Osborne, who raved about Coulter's voice, calling it "big like a castle". Coulter also performed at many writer's nights around town, at places such as Loser's Bar, and The Hall of Fame Lounge. He recently has moved back to the Arkansas Delta, to be back home, and to walk in the footsteps of the Delta Bluesmen who roamed the Delta years before.
Since his move from Nashville, Coulter has seen his opportunities for Live Shows take off. Coulter has performed at the two Biggest Festivals in Arkansas, RIVERFEST and TOADSUCK DAZE. He performed at Toadsuck Daze two years in a row, which is unprecedented. In 2009 Ben was an opening act for Little Big Town. Ben also opened up for Jeff Bates at the 2008 Pink Tomato Festival and will return in 2009 to be the opening act for Confederate Railroad. Some other festival appearances include festivals such as the Delta Heritage Music Festival, Montrose Heritage Festival, Armadillo Festival, Rison's Pioneer Days, Sparks in The Park, and others. Ben has also picked up gigs in the bar scene, playing at places such as Grumpy's Too, Flyin Saucer, Cajun's Wharf, and Crazee's in Little Rock. He has also performed in Fayetteville at On The Rocks and Foghorns #1 and #2. Since his move his gigs have carried him from Chicago,IL and a gig at Loyola University, down to Shreveport and a spot on the Legendary Louisiana Hayride.
Over the last 5 years, Coulter has averaged around 125 shows a year, playing bars, restaurants, and festivals throughout the South and Midwest. His live shows are always packed, fun, and entertaining, giving the fans their money's worth. Wherever he goes and plays the fans always return when he comes back. He has also recorded 6 full length cd's, and 2 singles. And of those cd's, Coulter wrote every song but 2. His cd, "Cuzz Vol. II 'Got the devil on my Heels' ", drew rave reviews from Lindy Word, a news writer for the Rogers Hometown News in Rogers,AR, where she compared Coulter to Country great Johnny Cash. Ben recently released his first studio album with backup studio musicians entitled "Cuzz Vol. III-Feel Like Goin' Home". This Cd is taking Coulter's career to a higher level and is drawing rave reviews. The Cd is also the first cd Coulter has had available on ITUNES. With a style completely his own, and a steadily growing fan base, the sky is the limit for this Arkansas Delta Bluesman.
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