The Official website of mandolinist Chris Emerson
and singer-songwriter Ty Bennett

"Hot picking' pays homage to traditional sources while at the same 
time showing where it can go."
-John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

"Excellent: Music to lift up your heart"
-Bill Bruford (Yes)

Imagine a virtuoso mandolinist who occasionally raps and an award winning singer-songwriter who plays bass with his feet and you start to get an idea of how Chris Emerson and Ty Bennett approach roots music. Chris and Ty are founding members of the newgrass band Candlewyck, a group that exemplifies their adventurous spirit by blending rock, jazz and pop with bluegrass and has often drawn critical praise and comparisons to New Grass Revival and Nickel Creek. Emerson and Bennett have recently released a self-titled recording as a duo to experiment with a more stripped down sound. With songs from the hilarious,” She’s Like Firewood In Florida" and the poetic, "Damn, Pollyanna" to the achingly sad, "Hard To Hold On", Ty Bennett is a true craftsman who's writing is at once clever, heartfelt, and intellectual both lyrically and musically. Chris Emerson's precise soloing and exceptional rhythmic technique make his style instantly recognizable. Chris and Ty have worked with renowned artists such as John CowanJon RandallDavid RagsdaleDavid GrierJim Van CleveShawn LaneDon Rigsby and Jens Kruger to name a few. They have also shared the stage with notable talents Tony RicePeter RowanDarrell ScottJohn CowanRoger Alan WadeVerlon ThompsonAvett Brothers and others.


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