Kristin Scott Benson – Center Stage Concert Series
August 4, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Earl Scruggs Center
Tickets – $20
Tickets may be purchased online at www.earlscruggscenter.org/events or by calling 704-487-6233.
Kristin Scott Benson is the five-time International Bluegrass Music Association’s Banjo Player of the Year and recipient of the 2018 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Since 2008, she has been a member of Grammy-nominated and two-time IBMA Entertainers of the Year, The Grascals, making an indelible mark on the bluegrass music industry.
Kristin has attained a national identity as one of the top bluegrass banjo players on the scene, exhibiting impeccable taste, timing, and tone. With an attentive ear to back-up, she is known and respected as a true team player among her peers.
Kristin’s latest solo album, entitled Stringworks, on Mountain Home Records, debuted in the top-ten on Billboard’s Bluegrass album chart and the self-penned opening track, Great Waterton, was nominated for IBMA’s Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. The record is a mixture of styles, reflecting her tastes, and features original and traditional instrumentals, as well as vocal songs, all showcasing her banjo playing.
As part of the Grascals, Kristin’s media performances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk, among others. The band has also performed for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as accumulating over 200 performances on The Grand Ole Opry.
In addition to her performing and recording career, Kristin is a well-established instructor. She has published two books and has a third in the works, for Hal Leonard Music. She regularly teaches at the nation’s top bluegrass and banjo events, including Bela Fleck’s esteemed Blue Ridge Banjo Camp.
After 13 years in Nashville, Kristin relocated back near her original home, in the Carolinas, where she lives with her husband and son.