Kristin Benson returns to Larry Stephenson’s band

This has been quite a year for banjo picker Kristin Scott Benson. When 2006 dawned, she was a member of Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, and teaching in the bluegrass music program at the East Tennesse State University in Johnson City. In June, it was announced that she and her husband, Wayne Benson (mandolinist with The John Cowan Band), were expecting their first child.

That news led her to pass on the teaching job, and continue performing until the arrival of their son, Hogan, in October. Kristin left Lonesome Standard Time to be with the baby, but she has now returned to the stage, in familiar surroundings.

Kristin has accepted the job playing banjo and singing with The Larry Stephenson Band, with whom she traveled for nearly five years while she was in college. Both she and Larry are delighted to be working together again.

You can find their schedule on the official band web site.

UPDATE 1:15 p.m. Dreama Stephenson tells us that Kristin never actually left LST when Hogan was born. It just turned out that there was a hole in the band schedule at that time. Kristin was still a memebr of LST when she left to join Larry Stephenson.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Jimmie Scott

    When I went to see the Larry Stephenson Band at Everett’s Music Barn in Suwanne GA a couple of weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see Kristin Scott Benson with the band. She happens to be one of my favorite banjo pickers. If you have never seen her before I recommend you do so. She is a “dead on the money” picker who can really nail it!

  • I remember her playing with Furman Boyce around Up-State SC…she was very, very young and very, very talented. She is one of todays best on the 5-String.