The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 31, 2014

Royal Benson pays a regal visit to Danville

DANVILLE -- Their moniker, Royal Benson, conjures up dashing images of suave, globe-trotting spy from a classic English film.

Their music is a tapestry of vibrant jazz and traditional rock that grabs one by the collar and captivates until the last note resonates across the room.

And Royal Benson couldn’t be happier.

“I have been in many bands over the years and unfortunately, some of them had awful names. So when it came time to think of a name for this band, we tossed a lot of ideas around and eventually came up with Royal Benson since it sounded like a name of a character from a film yet sounded like it could be a real person,” said Matt Fern, guitarist, vocalist and co-songwriter for the five-piece group.

“That was back in early 2008 and we have been making music ever since.”

The regional band, with members scattered about in Lewisburg, Williamsport, State College and Harrisburg, will kick off a triple shot of music that starts Saturday at the Old Forge Brewing Company in Danville at 9:30 p.m.

“Since the band members are in different areas, it can be a bit of a challenge, not for shows, but time to practice,” said Fern, 33. “We have never practiced in State College since Lewisburg seems to be central to where everyone is located.”

The old adage “practice makes perfect” holds true for the regal sounds of Royal Benson, a band that performs mainly original music with a few choice covers thrown into the mix.

In addition to Fern, a State College resident, the group also includes Adam Tarin, providing vocals and impressive keyboard skills, Tim Myers on bass and vocals, followed by Jordan Thompson on percussion and the saxophone master, Doug McMinn.

“Doug joined us when a former member moved away. Since that time Doug has been an awesome player and a huge help with other aspects of the band. He is a great talent,” Fern said.

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