We had the good fortune of connecting with Greg Benton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Greg, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I wanted to be able to do something I enjoy for a living. I used to play sports and I guess I just enjoy entertaining people. Plus, the lifestyle that comes with a creative career is much more likely to lead to happiness for me than an office job.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started writing lyrics in the form of poems because college classes bored me. I had played trumpet in band, taken piano lessons and received a guitar for Christmas but music was never my focus when I was younger. It was only when I wanted to do something more with those poems that I actually put any effort into learning how to play guitar. After I wrote my first song I was pretty quickly addicted and began a trek through different musical projects both solo and collaborative that served as hard lessons and good experience for what I do now. Native Station was born out of my desire to start something from the ground up with a good foundation and principles that good musicians would be drawn to. I have been blessed to find musicians who share that vision and drive to create something unique. We all come from different backgrounds and those backgrounds influence us in very different ways – but that is what makes us unique. A band that pull on the heartstrings of the 90s with an ear to the future. A band with fingers that draw from the pools of several different genres that we mix in unexpected ways. A band that layers music so that each listen offers a different taste. We pride ourselves in those things and are learning each day to present them in more dynamic ways. I still don’t always know exactly when there is too much guitar or a melody is too “busy”. But I’m getting better each day and I love doing it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
That’s a tough question because the plan would change a million times. I do know that Texas de Brazil and a brewery tour would probably be the first order of business. I’m sure Elitch Gardens would make its way in there somehow. Also, a Native Station show and a nice Chinese restaurant like Hop Alley. The last thing would be to drive out to Breckenridge or Vail just because those ski towns are beautiful.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have had the privilege of meetings many great humans over the last few years. People who have inspired and helped along the way. When I first started to play music in Virginia there was a gentleman by the name of Mike Davenport who I’ll be eternally grateful to. He gave us a space to grow and encouragement as well. Many, many late nights were spent writing, playing and talking -just trying to learn the craft of songwriting. Likewise, when I moved to Colorado Craig and Susan Cornett also provided a similar space. They welcomed me and my band mates in with love and compassion. I’ll never forget them and many others!
Other: Bandcamp: http://nativestation.bandcamp.com/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6OwiwwPHnC3mlq47nosj4H?si=Qd72YeGDT7yJx0c2mSxSNQ