• Ben Eldridge banjo book coming in 2021

    Finally! Banjo players rejoice... a book on the stylings of Seldom Scene banjo player Ben Eldridge is in the works. Though now retired from the band, Ben was with the Scene from their first jams in his basement in 1971, through

  • Ben Eldridge goes out on top

    If you get a chance to script your own farewell, it might look a lot like Saturday night, when Ben Eldridge made one last appearance with the Seldom Scene, the iconic Washington, DC-area band that he helped found nearly 45

  • Ben Eldridge Retires from Seldom Scene

    Nothing lasts forever, but Ben Eldridge’s 44-plus years with the Seldom Scene seemed to come close. His long run with the legendary bluegrass band came to an official end this morning, when remaining members announced his retirement and the addition of

  • A Washington Monument Steps Back

    On the night that he won a coveted award, Ben Eldridge had a bit of a secret to share. “I’m cutting back,” the last original member of the Seldom Scene said between signing CDs after the band’s set Friday night at

  • Ben Eldridge to accept 2015 Monument Award

    Forty-four years after he invited some friends over to play music in his Bethesda, MD, basement, Ben Eldridge is on a roll. Last fall, he and other original members of the Seldom Scene were inducted into IBMA’s bluegrass hall of fame.

  • Catching up with Ben Eldridge

    When Ben Eldridge and his bandmates in the Seldom Scene followed J.D. Crowe and The New South to the stage at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, fans got to hear more than 100 years of five-string banjo experience back