Ben Garnett is a guitarist, composer, arranger, and music educator based in Nashville, Tennessee. Known for his cross-genre pursuits and versatility, Ben finds deep inspiration in a wide range of musicians, from jazz greats like Jim Hall and Django Reinhardt, to masters of acoustic music like Tony Rice and Edgar Meyer, to highly expressive rock players like Jeff Beck and David Gilmour, contributing to an honest and personal style that craftily blends many traditions. Ben is a graduate from the world-renowned University of North Texas Jazz Studies program, where he received a Bachelor’s degree with a performance emphasis in May 2016. During his time in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Ben performed professionally with a number of (at times, vastly) different musical acts. From playing western swing, gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and ’60s/’70s pop with singer and accordionist Ginny Mac, to Pink Floyd music with Texas Floyd, to two-stepping country at Billy Bob’s Texas, to soul and R&B with numerous pop/cover bands, to modern jazz, improvised music, and original compositions with his own groups and collaborations, Ben quickly established a reputation for his skilled versatility across the DFW music scene. With these diverse experiences, Ben pursues his passion for trying to bring out the best in each musician he plays with.
In September 2017, to dive into a new world of musical excellence and diversity, and to pursue his love for progressive acoustic music, Ben made his move to Nashville, Tennessee. Within just a few weeks, he became a touring member of Missy Raines’ group, Missy Raines and the New Hip—an all-acoustic trio (with fiddler George Jackson) that explores the new frontier of genre-bending acoustic music through the windows of song-writing and improvisation.