BIO: Jimmy & Peter Bennett
After years of making music together Brooklyn natives, the Bennett Brothers - Guitarist, Jimmy and Bassist, Peter Bennett - have had the honor of performing alongside greats such as Levon Helm, B.B. King, Bo Diddley among many others.
Born and raised in the South West corner of Bay Ridge Brooklyn, by the Verrazano Bridge, the brothers were shaped by a neighborhood known for its bars, restaurants, churches and legions of rabidly loyal music fans of bands such as Hot Tuna, The Band, The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers plus country, folk and traditional Irish music.
In the late 90’s, the Bennetts released “The Bennett McLaughlin Band” recorded with guitarist, singer, songwriter Mike McLaughlin. This led to a show playing with Rick Danko, of The Band. The show's producer, Norman Clancy, coaxed Levon Helm into performing , as well. This was Rick and Levon’s last show together.
Soon Levon started inviting Jimmy and Peter to his home in Woodstock to make music. In his friendly, gracious manner, he shared anecdotes and stories that reached all the way back to seeing Elvis on a flat bed truck when he was boy. He told the brothers about midnight rambles they had in Arkansas when he was growing up and how he wanted to make them happen in his own house.
Over the next few years Jimmy and Peter did a series of shows with Levon. Gradually, The Bennett Brothers Band were opening at “The Midnight Ramble”, where special guests - Garth Hudson, Amy Helm, Alexis P. Suter, Hubert Sumlin, Johnnie Johnson, Little Sammy Davis or Luther “Guitar” Johnson - made frequent appearances, in those early days.
In the spirit of musical evolution, legendary veteran players, Jimmy Vivino, Larry Cambell, Mike Merritt and a host of others, began to form “The Levon Helm Band.” Amy Helm teamed up with Byron Isaacs, and Tony Leone to form “Ollabelle.” And the Bennett Brothers morphed into The Alexis P. Suter Band, performing close to 100 Rambles. Extraordinary music grew from Levon’s musical workshops and his vision and from levon's simple act of opening his house and heart to all. To this day, there are still musical offshoots sprouting from the seeds planted at those early Rambles.
Jimmy and Peter went on to perform and contribute songs to the first seven Alexis P. Suter albums, garnering several BMA nominations, and propelling the band to national and international stages and festivals.
In recent years The Bennett Brothers have played on and contributed songs to two Bruce Katz releases. Jimmy has appeared on three John Ginty releases and contributed songs and played on the new Sean Chambers record, all on American Showplace Music.
Jimmy and Peter are looking forward to this next phase of their career with an all-new band of wonderful musicians and friends. Their new Album, NOT MADE FOR HIRE, is available for sale or download. on Amazon and itunes.