"Funky… guitar-looping, beat-boxing, soul-singing… powerhouse"
--Sarasota Herald Tribune
"Hammond is a versatile musician who writes memorable originals, delivers when he decides to cover someone, and uses his guitar, voice and gadgets to create a sound that you want to keep hearing."
--Portland Press Herald
"... this singer-songwriter does a lot more than just play guitar; he beat boxes, circuit bends and writes damned good songs ..."
Ben Hammond performs a wide range of groove-oriented acoustic music, original compositions and reimagined cover songs.
Born in the foothills of the White Mountains, Ben's first musical endeavors outside rural New England took him north to McGill University where he received a degree in Music Technology and Jazz Voice, worked the city's live music circuit in several bands and appeared as a guest performer at the Montreal Jazz Festival. For the past decade, he has since made his living exclusively through music, relentlessly touring all four corners of the United States, Southeast Asia and New Zealand, combining his dual passions of travel and music. Predominantly a soloist, he also shines in duo and band settings, layering his unique style with varied talent from around the world.
While not on the road, Ben has been active in the studio, producing 3 full length albums (10,000 independently sold and counting), multiple music videos, and a live concert DVD "Solo at Stone Mountain Arts Center". Thousands of shows later at hundreds of venues, festivals and private events, Hammond has honed his smooth, energetic style and is one of the most sought after musicians in those places he's called home.
He is wildly excited about his recent move to the front range of Colorado, and the chance to bring his engaging music to a whole new audience. As noted by the
2010-2012 NOISE ORDINANCES 1, 2 AND 3: Selected three years in a row from amongst hundreds of original acts for this original music CD Compilation / Festival
2010 CREATIVE LOAFING (SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE TICKET): Best of the Suncoast Reader's Poll
2009 THE GRADUATES SOUNDTRACK COMPETITION: Awarded spots for "Touch" and "Something New" on the new soundtrack for the award-winning independent film
2008 JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING AWARD: Finalist in Session 1 Folk Category for "Lemme Know"
2008 VERMONT SOLARFEST PERFORMING SONGWRITER CONTEST: 2nd Place with "Lemme Know" and "Worst Kind of Perfect"
2009, 2008 OSSIPEE VALLEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL SONGWRITING CONTEST: Finalist with "Worst Kind of Perfect" and "Lemme Know"
2008 WEST COAST SONGWRITER'S COMPETITION: Honorable Mention for "Lemme Know"
2004 MONTREAL ICCA VOCAL PERCUSSION AWARD