• From Charlotte, NC. Lives in Boiling Springs, SC. He is married to Kristin Scott Benson.
  • Full name: John Wayne Benson.
  • Started playing mandolin at age 15.
  • 1989, formed “Livewire” with Scott Vestal, Ernie Sykes and Robert Hale.
  • 1993, joined IIIrd Tyme Out.
  • 2003, released solo project An Instrumental Anthology (Pinecastle).
  • 2003, Gibson issued “Wayne Benson Signature” model mandolin.
  • 2004, left IIIrd Tyme Out to join the John Cowan Band.
  • 2007, returned to Third Tyme Out.
  • 2013, recorded an album of mandolin duets with Alan Bibey, Mandolin Chronicles.
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