New Live Album "Garrin Benfield" Available Now!

Some creative projects are better left unplanned. Sometimes stepping out of the way and letting the music happen without any particular destination in mind produces the most honest results. It is in this spirit of improvisation that Garrin Benfield announces the release of a self-titled live album recorded at a few solo acoustic gigs in the Summer of 2018. 


 “The whole thing feels like kismet to me”, Garrin recalls. “I had been playing a lot of gigs without the addition of the live looping jams, and started to feel like I wanted to document how my unadorned acoustic shows were sounding. I just happened to mention to the engineer at one of the gigs that it would be cool to record the shows, because I loved the way he was mixing them. When he sent me the files, enough time had passed that I had the perspective to hear that these recordings had potential for a release, which we started preparing via email right away.”


Though eclectic in its source material, the album manages to be cohesive in Benfield’s nuanced delivery and in the warm production quality that is a document of how the shows actually sounded. 




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"Folk Blues Guitar Obsession" Review 

I’ve known San Francisco based singer-songwriter Garrin Benfield for some time. In the mid ‘oughties’ (this century has turned out sucky for decade names so far,) we were booked on the same bill at a local SF acoustic music showcase night. At the end of the evening, Garrin and I jumped onstage for an impromptu jam. The experience was to play with someone extremely talented at improv, but who listened and adapted to other players. I was impressed. After a subsequent showcase night, we ended up back at…

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Some fan reviews of the new CD! 

Getting some nice reactions to the new CD from the first folks who have heard's a little sample. Also, check out our first real review in the press tab!

"quite a diamond. a beautiful, liquid diamond"

"crystal clear. 100%+  from the heart"

"truly gorgeous. I can think of no other word more apt"

"it's awesome. just like I thought it would be"

"on my third round and I just got it yesterday"

"very refreshing to hear just you and your guitar, simple, direct - no BS"

"OMG it is soooo great. the second…

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live show reviews by garrin 

Live Show Reviews by Garrin

Over the last few years I have gotten back into writing about music. So far, this has taken the form of live show reviews of my jam band obsessions, Phish and the surviving members of the Grateful Dead. Here are a few, published on and


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