Royal Benson

Royal Benson

 State College, Pennsylvania, USA

Royal Benson is a fresh new blend of music styles. Excellent musicianship accompanies brilliant song writing all put together with dynamic instrumentation to deliver a live show that resonates with audiences of all kinds. Royal Benson is experienced, professional and is sure to impress.


Let's just start it like this: Fern and Tarin have been writing, recording and performing music together since '95...Fern, Fort and Jordan met while involved in the 7-piece powerhouse Cootie Brown... and through a mutual friend-in-music, Tim Myers was encouraged to fill the subsonic void. The rest, as they cliche!

Our influences range from the uniquely intelligent song design of Steely Dan to the blah blah blah about Ben Folds

What sets Royal Benson apart is their sense to put the music first. While all the members of Royal Benson have great speed, tone and technical ability, the each realize how they fit in to the puzzle and that not every moment is their time to shine. It is an ever present sense of each members place in the sonic blend of the music. The sound is full and broad while remaining clear and defined, allowing each and every musical nuance to speak out.

Guitaris and Key Board players, Matt Fern and Adam Tarin have been playing together since their teenage years, and were planning a recording session in February 2007. At this time the 19 year old youngster, Jordan Thompson sat in on drums with them for their studio session. All parties were very satisfied with the final product. After playing for a year and a half as a three piece, finally bassist Tim Meyers made his way into the mix in 2008. It was a no-brainer, Tim was the obvious match that Royal Benson had been waiting for. By February 2009, saxophonist Michael Fortunato (who had been sitting in occasionally since early 2008) finally signed on as a full member and since then Royal Benson has been rocking stages as a five piece. Royal Benson has played venues from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to New York City while also playing a weekly spot at Penn State's University Park Campus among other various shows.


2007, the first Royal Benson demo, never officially released.

2008, Meet Royal Benson

2010, (long)Drive

Long Drive was their first full length album, containing 12 original tracks. Did receive radio air play in the Central Pennsylvania region. And was reviewed by several regional music publications and will be featured in Relix magazine in the 'On the Verge' section. This album is available on itunes, Cd baby and other various music distribution sites.

Set List

Summer Child
Surface Air
Could be for you
Worth All the time
Dominoes and Gravity
Short Drive
Long Drive
Red Maple
Fire Fly
Partner in Crime
Cat's Pajamas
Look Around
What she gets
Port of Call
Room in the middle

Low Spark of high heeled boys*
in the air tonight*
Wolf man's brother*
Don't let me down*
Call me Al*