Bennett Wowed Us on Grand River Radio Diner

At first glance, they’re a few fresh-faced, squeaky clean guys. Dig deeper, and you’ll find the boys behind Bennett are genuinely talented musicians.

This Michigan-based band is made up of Nick Rolls on violin, mandolin and vocals, Nick Warren on keys, accordion and vocals and Josiah Gentry on guitar.

Deemed as “a group of brothers at heart,” the bands’ harmonies lead listeners to believe they’ve been singing together since the womb. That’s just not the case. These three best friends began their musical endeavor together just over a year ago. However, Bennett is no stranger to success. The band won the first place $1,000 prize at their hometown of Grand Rapids very own GR’s Got Talent contest last year.

Crystal clear vocals, backed by a hearty violin, guitar and piano-Bennett proves they’re not just pretty boys. They’re seasoned musicians, despite their respective ages.

The band stopped by WLNZ and performed at Sir Pizza Grand Café as part of the Grand River Radio Diner. Following a 30 minute set, the boys took time to sit back on the comfy couch and chat about music, touring, and upcoming gigs.

Most heavily-influenced by The Avett Brothers, and Mumford & Sons, this rising band describes themselves as modern indie folk pop. “I think folk pop is the best way to describe it. But the problem is when people hear folk pop, they feel like those are really opposing ideas; they have really weird feelings about it,” Nick Rolls, Bennett band member said.

Whether labeling it as modern folk, indie folk, or folk pop, Bennett proves good on both the eyes and ears of fans across the country. Recent tour stops included shows in Nashville, festivals in NY, and stops in the Carolinas. Listeners may have caught the band’s performance at Common Ground Fest, alongside The Avett Brothers on Saturday, July 13 at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing.

Big fans of the fellow fest performers, guitarist Josiah Gentry talked about when he found out the band was going to be playing Common Ground. “I’m just excited because I’ve been listening to The Avett Brothers for like 6 years, and they’re one of my favorite bands. And it was exciting in the beginning just to find out we were playing at Common Ground, but when we found out we were playing the day of The Avett Brothers, it was just like oh my gosh this is so cool,” said Gentry.

Tour stops aside, this triple threat trio is devoted to sharing their love for music with others. “Music is just an incredible way to communicate and interact with other people. We’ve been able to travel all over the country, and make friends in so many awesome cities… it’s an incredible human experience—music is,” said Rolls.

Recent stops in the mitten state included Coast West Music Fest in Muskegon, Common Ground Festival in Lansing, and an upcoming gig at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor on August 3rd and hometown show at the Frederick Meijer Gardens on August 6.

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