James Bennett is an independent solo artist & multi instrumentalist from Newcastle NSW. A prolific songwriter & one who believes in writing for a purpose & not just for the sake of trying to hit the big time.
James grew up on an off the grid, isolated farm just inland of Byron Bay where his parents raised him listening to nothing but Bob Dylan.
He would sneak his dads guitar from the cupboard & imitate Bob Dylan, singing every word to every song. He even made a harmonica brace out of an old wire coat hanger so he could play the harmonica & guitar at the same time! James has been writing songs since he was in primary school but what really got him into music as a career was a chance open mic night that revealed to him just how addicted he would get to playing live.
Fast forward a few years & he was playing all over Australia weekend to weekend! James has now released four albums.
Over the years James has warmed up the stage for much loved Aussie artists such as Diesel, Jeff lang, The Whitlams, Wendy Matthews, Ian Moss, The Black Sorrows, Vika & Linda Bull, Mental As Anything, Rick Price, Rai Thistlethwayte & Dan Sultan.
This impressive list also extends to some well known international artists like Newton Faulkner (UK) & Canned Heat (USA)