Benfield's shows center on his quirky pop melodies but are stretched by Garrin into improvisational explorations into new territory each night. Familiar songs are often transformed into gorgeous new creations that leave audiences breathless. At once organic and eclectic, Garrin's shows are an experience as much as they are a musical concert! Utilizing electronic effects and a loop station, audiences find themselves grooving to atmospheric rhythms and settling back into Benfield's soothing vocal style.
“The Wave Organ Song” is Garrin Benfield's fifth full length CD of original songs. He gained notice in 2000 with his stark tribute to Matthew Shepard, “What You're Hiding”, which was used in a production of the Laramie Project. In 2002, after recording his second CD, “Nowhere is Brighter” with Bonnie Raitt's rhythm section and guest Boz Scaggs, Benfield took up a relentless touring schedule, both as a solo artist and with his band. Some of these increasingly improvisation-heavy sets were documented on the 2003 release “August Live”. 2004 saw the release of “Where Joy Kills Sorrow”, and Benfield's first foray into live improvisational looping, which enabled him to tour solo but with added layers of beats, bass lines and the searing lead guitar Benfield's hardcore fans have come to expect. Playing eclectic sets at hundreds of shows every year, Benfield has become an underground favorite at festivals, rock clubs, coffeehouses and house concerts.
In addition to hundreds of solo and full band shows around the country, Garrin has shared the stage with numerous headlining acts, and was asked to open for Dan Bern, Boz Scaggs, Kaki King, Rickie Lee Jones, and Page McConnell of Phish among many others. Bonnie Raitt's backing band (who added their sounds to Garrin's second album, "Nowhere is Brighter") round out the list of great artists that Garrin has had the pleasure of collaborating with during his career.
Garrin was named “One of the Artists You Must See Live” by the internet's premier source of information for live and improvisational music, and his CD Where Joy Kills Sorrow was awarded the "Best Release of 2004" in the Male Singer/Songwriter Category by the Indie Acoustic Project. Garrin's CD “Nowhere is Brighter” was named a 'Top 10 CD of 2002' by Acoustic Guitar and Performing Songwriter Magazines. As well, music from that disc was selected for inclusion on numerous compilation recordings including one for Not In Our Name that included Ani DiFranco, Michael Franti and others.
Garrin has opened for: Boz Scaggs, Dan Bern, Page McConnell, Kaki King, Rickie Lee Jones, Grant Lee Phillips, Mary Gauthier, Jill Sobule, CCR, The Mother Hips, The Waybacks, Al Stewart, Buckwheat Zydeco, Melvin Seals and JGB, Vince Welnick, Zach Deputy, Iris DeMent, David Jacobs-Strain, Mary Gauthier, Corinne West, Catie Curtis, Richard Shindell, Stacey Earle, Eric McFadden, David Gans, Luce, Norton Buffalo, Steve Seskin, McPeake, Rubber Souldiers, Mark Growden, Johnny A, Box Set, Holcombe Waller, Noelle Hampton, Libby Kirkpatrick, Garnet Rogers, Edie Carey, Ten Mile Tide, Assembly of Dust, Samantha Stollenwerk, Kia Grannis, Mostly Dylan, Tim Hockenberry, Scott Pemberton Trio.