‘Benton Luke Band’ is an American roots rock band based out of southern California. Angels and Cowboys is Benton Luke Band’s debut album released in 2020. Although some of the content originates from many years back, the album was produced and released predominately during the pandemic. Benton and Scott have pulled together some exceptional new creations along with distinctive renditions of favorite classics. Discover ‘Walkaway’ the January 10th in Formula Indie
Releasing the first album, fulfilling something of a lifelong dream, almost didn’t happen. Actually, there
were two releases. It’s a long story, but the first attempt had to be “un-released” as a result of some
potential issues. So Benton re-released the album, just one track shorter than originally planned, and
the timing of the pandemic likely facilitated the perseverance to follow-through with a second release.
The band comes off in an amalgam of styles more towards genre-collecting than genre-bending but
definitely with a straight forward vintage feel. Benton said, “This is all about putting out music that we
enjoy and I believe others will like it too.”
Benton and Scott have been working together for ages. Whether it be music, film, photography,
building guitars or the latest mod to the van, great things happen when these two work as a team. With
roots in Texas and North Carolina, their paths crossed when transplanted to Southern California. They
have been creating music together for nearly 20 years while playing in diverse settings, styles as well as
with other collaborators. In earlier days it was all about the live show, clubs, coffee shops, dive bars and
backyards while also playing some of the more famous SoCal venues. Three-to-four variants of “bands”
were going for a while which included participation by some notable artists – and an ability to instantly
cover almost any request. This ultimately resulted in a chemistry blending unique nostalgic styles.
Recently Benton and Scott have come together as the Benton Luke Band and have set out on a path to
do even more.
Benton grew up mostly in the Houston area. His Dad inspired him to first pick up guitar as a pre-teen.
He continued to be driven by family and friends. Early band-mates encouraged Benton to use
songwriting and acting as creative outlets. He later spent several years in Nashville focusing on
performing and songwriting craft. It’s likely you’ve seen Benton in a supporting role in TV or film as
that’s what first brought him to California. He has subsidized his creative passions using his skills in the
plumbing arts which, believe it or not, is possibly the best professions there is to run across music and
film stars willing to sit in with the band.
Scott’s musicality draws on his upbringing in the swamps of Eastern North Carolina but made the leap
to California in pursuit of an engineering career. A formally trained and accomplished trombone player,
Scott spent his youth singing in the church choir. He is self taught in a wide variety of instruments and
styles. He maintains a passion for creating / producing music and raising a family. He contributes to
Benton Luke Band as a musician and composer but is best described as the all-in producer.