Benjamin Dakota Rogers
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Benjamin is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Combining fiddle and guitar, he is writing honest folk music that draws you in with stories and spoken-word poetry. Benjamin’s third album and latest release titled Whisky & Pine, is eleven original songs delivered with reflective emotion and warm harmonies. His poetic ballads blend flawlessly with his rousing guitar and fiddle compositions, cementing his status as an up-and-coming alternative folk powerhouse.
With strong influences stemming from traditional music and the east coast, Benjamin’s hard-driving fiddle technique is transformed into his own contemporary style. His thought and emotion-provoking songs show hints of his influences, Leonard Cohen, Gregory Allen Isakov and Passenger. His engaging live performance is delivered with his unique voice, guitar and explosive fiddle.
Inspired at the tender age of seven, Benjamin found a passion and purpose in folk music after inheriting his Great-Grandfather’s violin. From budding musician to awe-inspiring performer, his love of creating meaningful music has taken the reins and garnered much attention from folk artists and enthusiasts alike.
In just four years, Benjamin has received no shortage of praise for his unique style and undeniable talent – Jim Marino listed him as a new discovery in his article to Penguin Eggs Magazine, and Jennifer Ives, Artistic Director of Live from the Rock Music Festival, applauded his mesmerizing song set, writing that he has “…the voice and chops of a veteran performer.” From Whisky & Pine, Looking for a Fight and The Soldier Song received honorable mentions in the international songwriting competition. Whisky & Pine ranked six in the top ten albums of 2016 at Folk Roots Radio.
His introductory album, Wayfarer, and sophomore album, Strong Man’s Address to the Circus Crowd, each earned him a nomination at the 2014 and 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Young Performer of the Year, along with nominations at the Hamilton Music Awards. His songs Move Ben Move, Pendulum and Beautiful Mess, earned him second place, third place, and an honourable mention in international songwriting competitions, respectively.
Benjamin has shared the spotlight with several talented artists, playing in numerous festivals alongside Suzie Vinnick, Digging Roots, Rick Fines and Ben Caplan to name a few. He’s performed captivating sets in many venues across Canada, most notably the main stage at Mariposa Music Festival, and others including, Blue Skies Music Festival, Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival, Calgary Folk Club and St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage.
Benjamin is currently on tour promoting his latest album Whisky & Pine.