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!

    Photos From R Lo’s

    Here are a few photos from this past weekend’s monthly open mic night at R Lo’s Pub & Grub in Thomasville, North Carolina.

    The PeaceTrain Band: (from left to right) Joe Parsons on lead guitar, Sylvia McNeill on keyboard, and Phillip Peace on rhythm guitar.

    Joe playing some killer riffs on my First Act ME357 electric guitar.

    These shots of me were taken by PeaceTrain Band keyboardist/flutist Sylvia McNeill:

    If anyone has anymore pics or videos of anymore of my performances, be sure to email them to

    A Few More Random Things About Benji Martin

    Hello. I hope that you have found the random facts about myself to be fascinating. So here are a few more:

    1. My favourite colours are red and blue.
    2. Most of my relatives live in the Low Country of South Carolina.
    3. I am currently employed as a cook at Zaxby’s in Thomasville, North Carolina (where Chel “Shelly” Leibel is the General Manager).
    4. Two of my favourite topic to write songs about are love and heartbreak.
    5. As a child, I wanted to be an auto mechanic, and then as a teenager, I wanted to be a policeman.
    6. I am a proud owner of two acoustic guitars, one electric guitar, and one bass guitar.

    My New Guitar

    This is the newest addition to my college of guitars, the Washburn EA15/ATB, which was previously owned by my friend, Joe Parsons of the PeaceTrain Band. I was not expecting this to happen, but he was kind enough to let me have it because I have been using my First Act electric guitar exclusively as of late and because my Rogue 12-string acoustic guitar has been in the pawn shop for the past few months.

    Before last month when I played at my first open mic night in nearly five years, I had never played a Washburn as I remembered, but I have played Gibsons, Epiphones, Martins, and Fenders, all of which are great acoustic guitar brands, and my new Washburn is one of the most fantastic instruments I have ever played in my life.

    Jamming With The PeaceTrain Band

    Last night waa one of the best open mic nights I have ever played at. R Lo’s Pub & Grub had its monthly open mic night, which is held on the first Sunday of every month and hosted by the PeaceTrain Band, and like last time, I brought my First Act electric guitar to play a few tunes with. However, the group’s lead axeman, Joe Parsons, let me play his Washburn acoustic guitar, on which I played songs by Vance Joy, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Lumineers, Sade, Chris De Burgh, and the Beatles. The PeaceTrain Band even asked me to sit in with them and play drums for them on a few songs. 

    The biggest surprise for me was when Joe told me that he was letting me have his guitar. It was the last thing that I expected because I still have my 12-string acoustic, which is in the pawn shop. Still, I accept this kind-hearted gesture and took my new axe home along with my electric guitar and starred practising on the former almost immediately.

    Joe, if you are reading this, thank you so much for letting me have your beautiful guitar. You did not have to do this, but I already love the instrument, and it plays like hell on wheels!

    Remember that if you sing and/or play an instrument, come down to R Lo’s for the next open mic on May 7th between 7 and 9 PM, and let the PeaceTrain Band know that you want to perform a few tunes for us. R Lo’s is located at 207 Fisher Ferry Street in Thomasville, North Carolina. Be there or be square!