Bennie Boling started his musical career at age 15, picking banjo on Bonnie Lou and Buster’s Smokey Mountain Hayride in Pigeon Forge, TN. He also worked on their local television show on WATE out of Knoxville, TN. He has also worked with Tim Graves in his band Cherokee and with Mike Scott. In 1993 Bennie hooked up with his old friend Steve Kaufman, (three time winner of the National Flatpicking Championships in Winfield Kansas), to help put togetherSteve Kaufman’s four hour bluegrass banjo workout for Homespun Tapes.
In the early to mid 90’s Bennie worked as a staff writer for the legendary Buddy Killen and with Cal IV Entertainment. Bennie has had several songs recorded by such artists as: Gene Watson, Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely, The Oak Ridge Boys and, of course, Tim Graves and Cherokee.
Since then, Bennie built and set up Dobro resophonic guitars for Gibson Guitars for 5 years, and also worked in quality control for Gibson at the OAI plant. For the past 3 years he has been working at Huber banjos where he is responsible for a number of tasks around the shop, including buffing, plating, assembly, CNC operation and, as Steve Huber describes it, serving as shop humorist.
Bennie still performs with Tim Graves and Cherokee, and is currently working with a fantastic new band: Steve Huber and the Flatheads!!