Benny Yurco is a Multi-Instrumentalist/producer from Vermont. He is the guitarist for the rock n' roll band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
“Hearing my dad finger picking tunes on his Martin acoustic and putting on his favorite vinyl records when I was a child, made me want to become a musician and chase the dream. By the time I was able to walk I was infatuated with the guitar and music of all types. I played the guitar since the ripe age of 6 years old. My dad had a 1969 martin D35 acoustic laying around the house so he decided to teach me some chords and Bob Dylan tunes. I started off playing “Stuck Inside of Mobile (w/ the Memphis Blues Again)”, “Don’t Think Twice it’s Alright” and Muddy Waters “Mannish Boy.”
Benny started a band when he was 7 or 8 years old and played in it until the age of 17. With no formal training other than being shown a handful of chords he took it from there. “I taught myself but listened to my peers very strongly as they gave me musical tips. Throughout my years I have become very fluent on the guitar, bass, drums, keys etc.”
At a young age Benny was turned onto a massive amount of musical styles. “I love 50's pop groups like the The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Chantels, 60's psychedelic sounds like the Zombies and Gandalf, surf sounds of The Atlantics, Studio 1 and Rock Steady Reggae, rock acts like the Rolling Stones and my beloved soul sounds from Muscle Shoals, Stax Records, & Motown. Steve Cropper and Keith Richards are huge influences on my guitar playing.
There would rarely be a day that went by that I wouldn't hear Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, James Brown or Sam Cooke coming from the turntable in my home growing up. I hold performers and sounds of the 50's, 60's, & 70's very close to my heart.”
Benny’s favorite thing about a live performance is the high he gets from playing with the people he creates music with on and off stage and the excitement and enjoyment the crowd gets from it. “We all get high off each other. It’s infectious.”
Look for more from psychedelic sounds from Benny and the rest of the Nocturnals at various festivals this year. Benny's solo record called "This Is A Future" was recently released and Benny is prominently featured on a new Grace Potter & the Nocturnals album release this fall!