DUSTIN BENSON plays guitar and sings lead, tenor, baritone and bass vocals.
He was raised in Jasper, Alabama, where he “grew up” on bluegrass music. His father taught him to play the guitar when he was 12 years old; he began playing the mandolin when he was 16 and joined his father’s band as the mandolin player when he was 17. Dustin moved to Nashville in 2002 and has played and toured with many of the more renowned bands in the world of bluegrass music, including Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike, the Alecia Nugent Band, the Larry Stephenson Band (for over four years), Bradley Walker, and most recently Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road (playing guitar and bass). He was nominated for Guitar Player of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) in 2010 and he endorses Mike Long guitars. Dustin joined The Special Consensus in 2011 and appeared on the 2012 Grammy-nominated band recording “Scratch Gravel Road” and on the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award-winning band recording “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” (both released by Compass Records).