Bennett inherited his first harp guitar from his great-grandmother’s second husband, Edgar Pierce, whom Bennett always thought of as his great-grandfather, though they had no biological relation. Besides the harp guitar, Bennett also plays a resonator guitar, six string guitars, and a baritone guitar. Stephen Bennett works with other musicians, both in terms of collaboration and as a teacher. At this writing, he has released twenty recordings, a couple of DVDs, and has written several books and instructional materials.
I discovered Stephen Bennett’s music when I worked at a restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia. I was very fortunate to get to hear him play live many times. He has released a number of albums over the years and has performed worldwide. I had never heard of a harp guitar before I met Stephen Bennett, but having seen and heard him play, I remain enchanted by its unique sound. Watching him play is a real treat, because you can see how much joy he gets out of making music. He plays with expression and emotion and I count a couple of his albums as favorite chill out music, even though he can definitely rock when he wants to. I would recommend Stephen Bennett’s CDs to anyone who likes to relax by listening to acoustic guitar. I would also highly recommend seeing him live if the opportunity ever presents itself. Not only is the harp guitar a unique instrument, but in Stephen Bennett’s hands, it is truly mesmerizing.
Stephen Bennett explains how a harp guitar is tuned and performs a song called “Oregon”.