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Musician's Spotlight: John Lowell and Ben Winship

The Growling Old Men, Ben Winship and John Lowell.
The Growling Old Men, Ben Winship and John Lowell.

Together they're The Growling Old Men, individually they are Ben Winship and John Lowell, and they're two first rate musicians in every sense of the word. Host John Floridis visited with both musicians separately for this special program featuring both artists.

Lowell, a flat picking acoustic guitarist of the highest order with a stunning, smooth vocal style that can inhabit all kinds of genres has forged a 30 year career based out of Livingston, Montana. He's performed at the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival stage for several years with his band Kane’s River, the Telluride stage with Loose Ties, and at the Vancouver Folk Festival with the John Lowell Band along with hundreds of other performances in the last 30 years in locations from Shetland to San Bernardino.

Ben Winship, an award winning mandolinist/mutli-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter hails from Victor, Idaho. Winship’s version of string band music is an exploration of crossroads; where raw meets refined, original meets traditional, weird meets familiar, organized meets free ranging. The Boston Globe called his sound “A further leap from traditional hill country music.” While Tim O’Brien refers to him as “One of the acoustic music scene’s best writers.”

John Floridis, the host and producer of Musician's Spotlight, has been with Montana Public Radio since 1997. He has interviewed over 200 musicians during that time. He is also an independent recording and performing artist in his own right and a former registered music therapist.
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