From Minneapolis, the band's youngest and newest member is the returning charter member, Benji Flaming. Benji started playing banjo at age 10, having spent the previous two years composing and playing "new age"/electronic music on his family's electronic keyboard. Two years later, he released his first recording, consisting mainly of Christmas carols arranged for solo banjo.
As an original member of Monroe Crossing, he engineered and played on the band's critically-acclaimed debut CD, "Across The Blue Mountains." A multi-instrumentalist, he recently produced a collection of alternative rock songs reinterpreted as bluegrass music for the "Tribute Sounds" label, on which he played banjo, guitar, dobro, and bass, showcasing his arrangement and engineering skills.
Benji has been featured at the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual FanFest, made multiple appearances on their "Masters Workshop" stage, and in 2000, was voted "Banjo Player of the Year" by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association. His love for music is obvious by the drive and energy of his unique banjo stylings.
Be sure to visit Benji's site, solobanjo.com, to learn more about his amazing new CD, Solo Banjo.