The Bat-man cometh

By on August 30, 2014

Nationally-acclaimed folk guitarist and songwriter Bat Bennett will be appearing at the White Swan, 1264 E. Newport Road in Rothsville this Friday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m.

Born north of Chicago, Ill., Bat learned his guitarist’s trade on the road. Hitchhiking across the country as a teen, Bat landed in San Francisco playing requests on the wharf for tips. He spent nearly 10 years performing for active duty troops of the USA and their allies at U.S. military bases and embassies all around the world. He is honored and humbled to play for veterans.

He has been credited with “wizardry” when it comes to playing the 12-string acoustic guitar. At his concerts, it’s the only instrument he plays.

Acoustic guitarist and songwriter Bat Bennett will perform at the White Swan on Friday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Bat Bennett)

Acoustic guitarist and songwriter Bat Bennett will perform at the White Swan on Friday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Bat Bennett)

“My wife (who is also my manager) works with me in tandem,” Bat explains. “When I play shows with cover material, she walks through the room taking requests from all the audience members, and then makes me a list. I play them, and get the audience to sing along. Its very fun.”

In this respect, every one of Bat’s appearances is completely original.

“There is no set list. It is improvised from start to finish, and the direction is dictated by the audience,” Bat says. “They may ask for songs I’ve never performed. If I’ve heard it before, I can usually play it.”

Bat’s original songwriting is acclaimed worldwide, has been featured on TV shows like “Pimp My Ride,” and has won National songwriter grants from ASCAP two years in a row. His songwriting style crosses all borders, with heavy influence on melody, vocal strength, and amazing guitar passages.

His first solo CD “Waiting For Zavala” is recorded strictly with acoustic 12-string and voice, and is a spot-on representation of the live show. Storytelling songs are mixed with occasional goofiness, as well as highly polished instrumental pieces.

To learn more, call the White Swan at 626-4444.

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