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Ben's area of expertise is Blues history. He specializes in playing and teaching Country-Style Delta Blues, circa 1900-1940. He is a respected instructor at music programs and workshops across the country, including the reknown Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

His curriculum includes demonstrating the roots of this uniquely American music, using live performance to illustrate the historical and musical connections in African-American culture.He enjoys demonstrating while teaching in order for students to get a full understanding of styles.

When not presenting workshops, Ben performs locally in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, and at Blues festivals.

To arrange for a workshop call (601) 572-5296 or email

Berklee College of Music

Berkell Class

Mississippi blues musician Ben Payton (right) relates to students during his recent visit to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Payton spent the first week of February 2010 as an artist-in-residence at Berklee. He taught master classes during the day, and performed at the "Roots and Reason" concert, a night of traditional roots music from the Mississippi Delta and around the world. Photo by Jennifer Shanley

Berklee Music Series: Roots and Reason

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