B i o g r a p h y

Building on the classic Tulsa Sound pioneered by the likes of J.J. Cale and Leon Russell, Paul Benjaman expands their groove-based genre to include most styles of American music with a strong dose of guitar power. Totally Tulsa.

 

A former student of the genre bending Junior Brown, Paul places focus on groove and original guitar style.  His ventures as a bandleader and sideman have placed him all over the musical map, working with a diverse array of artists including Steve Earle, Jamie Johnson, George Porter Junior (The Meters), John Densmore (The Doors), Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Gary Busey and many more.  His road experience includes tours playing with the Grammy nominated John Fullbright (including the Tulsa Review Tour where John was also a part of Paul’s band) and also an appearace on the Tonite Show with Jimmy Fallon as sideman for the T Bone Burnett produced Secret Sisters.  

 

Multiple tours in Europe and the States continue to preach his take on the Tulsa Sound, and he’s received press in American Songwriter, Paste Magazine and Rolling Stone.

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FESTIVAL HISTORY
 SXSW Official Showcase—Austin, TX (2010-2017)
 Hiberry Festival-Eureka Springs AR (2017 Headliner)
 Wakarusa Festival—Mulberry Mountain, AR (2009)
 Bluebird Festival—Columbia, MO (2009)
 SXSW Official Showcase—Austin, TX (2010-2013)
 NX35 Conferette—Denton TX (2010-2011)
 University of Wyoming Summer Concert Series - Laramie, WY (2012)
 Easter Island—Tulsa, OK (2010-2012)
 Backwoods Bash— Prue, OK (2009-12)
 Balloons, Bikes, Blues & BBQ—Parsons, OK (2010)
 Illinois Riverfest—Tahlequah, OK (2011-2012 headliner)
 Bikes, Blues & BBQ—Fayetteville, AR (2012 headliner Kingfish stage)
 Free Tulsa Music Festival (2010-2012 headliner)
 Norman Music Festival (2011-2012)

SHOW HISTORY—Significant Opening Slots
 Ian Moore-Stone River Music Festival-Sept. 2017
 Jason Isbell/Lucero - Ft. Smith, AR-Jul 2015
 Greyhounds-Colony-Tulsa, OK-Oct 2016
 Sonny Landreth—Guthrie Green—Tulsa, OK—Sep 2012
 Split Lip Rayfield—Backwoods Bash—Prue, OK—May 2012
 Junior Brown—St. Patrick’s Day—Tulsa, OK—Mar 2012
 The Steepwater Band—Fassler Hall—Tulsa, OK—Mar 2012
 Greyhounds—Fassler Hall—Tulsa, OK—Dec 2011
 Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights—Cain’s Ballroom—Tulsa, OK—Jul 2011
 Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights—Eskimo Joe’s—Stillwater, OK—Jul 2011
 Buffalo Killers—Fassler Hall—Tulsa, OK—Jul 2011
 Lucinda Williams w/ Jesse Aycock—Cain’s Ballroom—Tulsa, OK—May 2011
 Cornmeal—Cain’s Ballroom—Tulsa, OK—Jan 2011
 Heartless Bastards—Cain’s Ballroom—Tulsa, OK—Apr 2010
TOURING CIRCLE OUTSIDE OF OKLAHOMA

 Texas (Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Angelo, Amarillo)
 Colorado (Colorado Springs, Denver, Aspen, Keystone, Telluride, Nederland,          Evergreen)
 Wyoming (Lander, Casper, Centennial Falls, Laramie)
 New Mexico (Santa Fe)
 Arkansas (Fayetteville, Hot Springs, Little Rock)
 Missouri (Columbia, Springfield, St. Louis, Kansas City, Blue Springs)
 Tennessee (Nashville)​ 
 Louisiana​ (Now Orleans)
ACCOLADES / AWARDS

 Tulsa World Spot Music Hall of Fame inductee—Paul Benjaman (guitar)
 Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame inductees—Andrew Bones (drums), Bo Hallford (bass)
 Urban Tulsa Weekly Hot 100 award (2010-2011)
 This Land Press True Tulsa recognition—Paul Benjaman and Andrew Bones (2011-2012)

Horton Records, LTD 4117 W. Jackson St. Broken Arrow, OK 74012
 

© 2013 Paul Benjaman Band

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