Many of you are familiar with the awesome talents of Florida's Ben Prestage (he played on the same bill as JJ during the recent 3 day Bamboo Room shows) but are probably unaware that Ben has been nominated as the Overseas Artist in the 2011 British Blues Awards.
Like JJ, both being awesome songwriters & musicians, Ben is like JJ in another way - awesome person. I saw Ben play at a festival on July 3rd and was standing next to a husband and wife along with their 2 children who had driven across the state from Sarasota to see Ben. They recounted a story of going to see Ben and being told the children couldn't enter the establishment. They saw Ben & told him of their children's disappointment in not being able to see him play. So what did Ben do? He went to their hotel room and played 2 or 3 songs for them. AWESOME.