Alabama-born and Southern-raised, Brett “Bad Blood” Benton left the city of Pensacola, FL in 2016 to perform his hill country and delta style of blues around the country and the world. Currently in the Pacific Northwest, he has played many local, regional, and national festivals and venues, as well as being the recipient of the Washington Blues Society BB Award for Best Acoustic Blues Artist of 2017 and International Blues Challenge semi-finalist in 2018.
He has shared the stage with many musicians ranging from local players all the way to the likes of Grammy-Nominated Artists Cedric Burnside (also a friend of his, along with his guitar player Trenton Ayers) and Walter Trout, International Blues Challenge award winning Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons and the Selwyn Birchwood Band, and West Coast favorites The 44’s Band and HILLSTOMP. Known for his fierce rhythmic finger picking and slide guitar as well as his booming voice, his raw style is best heard one of two ways: paying homage to its roots with solo, acoustic slide guitar and “stompin’ and hollerin’ ” as Bad Blood himself would put it; and electric alongside drummer and friend Gordon Townsend – who’s heavy, relentless and dynamic style of playing really emphasizes what hill country blues is all about… the hypnotic groove that gets folks up and dancing! For either style being played, both remain true to the nature of country blues, a style not played by many, while also retrofitted with grit and a bit of heaviness from the modern times! These two keep the the fans moving and grooving!