One Colorado Springs man's career plan includes writing and performing music to be heard on television and in movies and hoping that a big name artist will record his music. Jason Bennett will be the featured performer on the March 9 live Take 10 during the noon hour on the Gazette News Facebook platform. Bennett is no stranger to the music scene in the Pikes Peak region and beyond. He's toured here, and in Europe and Australia.
Bennett told me he started to listening to singer-songwriter legend Bob Dylan at age 12 and then started playing acoustic guitar. Like Dylan, Bennett plays harmonica. Bennett's genre of music is Americana Folk and like his musical mentor, he is also a prolific singer-songwriter, "I've written close to a hundred. I've got 20 good ones and three great ones."
According to Bennett, one of those great ones is entitled, "How Many Miles Until I Forget About You."
"It's unusual because it's in a minor key, got a creeper melody and has an unusual arrangement. I wrote it when I was 19 years old and it's my best-selling song," he said.
His message about his style and his music is both simple and complex, "We don't try to please everyone. We focus on a certain acoustic, a warm style with a little bit of twang. I just try to be unique and it took a long time for me to find my sound."
Bennett will be joined by Rich Currier for our live Take 10 performance on Friday. He will be playing acoustic guitar, singing and playing harmonica. Currier will play pedal steel guitar and sing harmony. The pair have individual careers but have been playing sporadically as a pair since 2001.
The Gazette is proud to showcase southern Colorado and beyond entertainers on our live Take 10 show and this is just one of the ways we prove our commitment to the arts in southern Colorado.