Author: Benji Martin

Musician, songwriter, blogger, photographer, and music commentator

Some More Random Facts

Here are a few more random things about myself:

  1. My favourite city is Winston-Salem, NC.
  2. I began singing at PTA meetings and assemblies in elementary school.
  3. I got my first guitar as a present on my 10th birthday.
  4. My all-time favourite shows include the Cosby Show, Punky Brewster, American Idol, MasterChef, and the Voice.
  5. Pepsi is my soft drink of choice.

Requests

In all of my 13 years as a solo performer, I can honestly say that one of my pet peeves has been when someone requests a song. I understand that it comes with the territory of being a performing artist, but it makes me cringe when people ask me to play songs that either I do not like, are not on my setlist or in my genre or repertoire, or I do not feel comfortable singing or playing.

I am not asking anybody to not make any requests, but please understand that just because you asked me to play a particular song does not always mean that you will hear it from me. To quote my boss lady at Zaxby’s, General Manager Chel “Shelly” Leibel, requests are just that — requests.

No offense or disrespect, but if two of my former teachers at GTCC (Guilford Technical Community College), Richard Tremmel and Thomas “T.J.” Johnson read this, I hope that they understand my perspective on this because the former used to request songs that meet the criteria that I have described in the first paragraph of this blog.

Tonight At R Lo’s #concert #openmic #ncmusic

This evening, I made my way to R Lo’s Pub & Grub in Thomasville for the Monthly Open Mic Night, and as I entered the place, I saw a sign that read, “Get well soon, Phillip,” which kind of surprised me that one of the co-hosts, Phillip Peace of his namesake group, the PeaceTrain Band, was under the weather. I do not know all of the details, but I hope and pray that he makes a full and speedy recovery.

My set, which was dedicated to Phillip, included two of my originals, Ordinary and Autobahn Of Love, and a cover of Grouplove’s hit, Welcome To Your Life (which was recently featured in a series of Volkswagen TV commercials). Now, the way that I rehearsed the songs, I was expecting to sing and play them alone, but Joe Parsons, the PeaceTrain Band’s lead axeman, persuaded me to jam with his brother, who also played guitar. I do not mind jamming with other musicians, but as a solo artist with autism, doing so in a public setting, especially with my own songs, is something that I feel really uncomfortable doing because I am used to being onstage by myself.

Also, it was great seeing Davis Tucker, who filled in for Phillip, at R Lo’s. It was my first time seeing him again in more than ten years since the open mic nights that he co-hosted the open mic nights with his son Joey (who has since passed away) at what was then the Red Eye Grill on West Fairfield Drive in High Point. For more information on Davis’s music, visit davis-tucker.com.

Remember that the Monthly Open Mic Night at R Lo’s is held on the first Sunday of every month. Come on down to 207 Fisher Ferry Street in Thomasville next month, and share your God-given musical gifts with us!

Upcoming Show! #concert #openmic #ncmusic

#concert #openmic #ncmusic

What’s up, Piedmont Triad?! This is Benji reminding you that the next monthly Acoustic Open Mic Night at R Lo’s Pub & Grub in Thomasville, NC will be on Sunday, May 7th from 7:00 through 9:00 PM. It is hosted by my friends, the PeaceTrain Band, so if you sing or play an instrument, come on down to 207 Fisher Ferry Street in Thomasville, and and tell Joe, Sylvia, or Phillip that you would like a spot. See ya Sunday evening!

About To #Rock The Triad Again! #concert #openmic #ncmusic

#rock #concert #openmic #ncmusic

Hello, Piedmont Triad! I hope that you are having a great Easter holiday weekend. This just a quick note that starting in July, I plan on playing at open mic nights in Greensboro and Winston-Salem once again for the first time in several years. Keep checking back here for more details as they become available.

I will see y’all in July as my 2017 Open Mic Comeback Tour heads your way! May God bless you, and thanks for your support!

My Playlist From R Lo’s — Sunday, 2nd April 2017 #concert #openmic

Here is my playlist from the open mic night at R Lo’s Pub & Grub in Thomasville, North Carolina on Sunday, 2nd April 2017:

First Set

  • Riptide — Vance Joy
  • Ho Hey — The Lumineers
  • The Sweetest Taboo — Sade
  • Disarm — The Smashing Pumpkins

Second Set

  • The Lady In Red — Chris De Burgh
  • For No One — The Beatles

    I will include some original songs at the next open mic night that I will play at. Stay tuned!