Aug 27, 2014, 11:29

Location: East Aurora, New York, U.S.A.

Member since: July 11, 2012

Tracks in portfolio on 140 (click here to hear all tracks)


Ed Bentley of Ed Bentley Music is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Ed’s music includes guitar featured instrumental tracks of the rockabilly, bluegrass, country  and country rock genres.




–High profile projects or clients you have worked for?

I’m just starting to make some headway. Have recently had placements on the History Channel’s “American Pickers”, Animal Planet Network, Discovery Channel, and a few others.

–Primary instrument?

Guitar, also play bass and a little keyboard. I finally was able to get a decent midi controller that works on my guitar, called Triple Play, made by Fishman. Does a nice job.

–Favorite music-making piece of gear or software you currently use?

IK Multimedia’s Philharmonik, and Sampletank. I use Band in a Box now and then, a little program from Canada. Some great “real” musicians playing great styles…

Also use Toontracks, Easy Drummer 2.

–Music education background?

Just a country boy guitar picker. 

In late 2004, I was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame outside on Nashville.

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Having been away from the music scene for a few years, my induction was the needed spark. I jumped back into music with both feet. I started making frequent trips to Nashville, renewing old acquaintances, co-writing with some great writers, and set up a home studio here in Buffalo. Shortly after, I got interested in writing Instrumentals for Film and TV.

–Memorable “Aha!” moment during your musical education?

The day pro tools started to make sense to me! My good friend Aaron Saloman, up in Montreal, might beg to differ, and still thinks there’s room for improvement. Aaron does a lot of my mixing and mastering and generally saves me at times.  Aaron is a Berklee grad and does a great job on edits also (30 sec, 60 sec, etc.).

–Most embarrassing music-related moment?

When I got to Nashville and tried pitching some of my first songs. What an eye opener, found out just how much I didn’t know about song writing!

–If you had a time machine and could record or perform once with any artist, who would it be?

James Brown or maybe Vince Gill.

–Moment you first knew you would be a musician?

I’ll never forget that morning in July 1956, the first time I heard Johnny Cash on my dad’s barn radio.

 –Advice you would give to a younger family member interested in a music career?

My grandson Jack is showing interest in learning guitar, though he quit his lessons. Although now he’s back at it, trying to learn on his own. I am watching and trying to encourage him, even suggested “he at least learn some chords”. He wanted to be a rock n roll lead player the first week. Got a call from him the other day,

“grampa, I know Am, G, F, C & D.”

Good start Jack!  

–Five songs or albums you’d take with you to a desert island?

Hard one. Being an ole timer, there are so many over the years and the music keeps getting better. I would have to say, Johnny Cash, “I Walk the Line”, changed things for me in 1956.

Over the years, not in any order, Vince Gill, “Look at Us”, Rosanne Cash, “Seven Year Ache”, Lynard Skynard, “Sweet Home Alabama”, and Dire Straits, “Sultans of Swing”.  There are soooooo many others!

–If you could master another instrument, what would it be?

Keyboard… I believe I have missed many opportunities by not being a good player.

I am constantly trying to improve my guitar chops, hard though, it’s that “teach an old dog new tricks” thing.

 –Favorite time of day to work in your studio?

 Definitely mornings. I am a morning person, and the creative juice flows in the AM!

  –Any studio collaboration you experienced that stands out in your mind?

As a country songwriter, I was amazed at being in a studio in Nashville and watching the greatest musicians in the world put their touch on my songs. I was floored when they created an arrangement on a song they had only heard five minutes before…And two takes?

Unheard of in my little world.  What an eye opener!

–Some of your favorite tracks that you would want us to feature in the blog.

Well, “Grass Fire (Hick Hop Remix)” is kind of unique.

It’s a bluegrass song with urban drums, comes off pretty well. I wrote it for the current cable TV reality/ swamp show stuff going on right now.

My song “Lonesome Rider” has been used on the Animal Planet Network a couple of times. It was my first attempt at writing and recording for TV.  And my first attempt on pro tools. Whew, glad that’s in the past! Ha

Well, just starting to get a foothold in this side of the Industry, I would have to say the following tracks have been selling well–

“Swamp Down”

“Up A Hill”

“Rocket Boogie”


We thank Ed Bentley for sharing some of his musical background with us and for contributing his tracks to, the Royalty-Free Music Marketplace. The next time you need lively music instrumental guitar music inspired by rockabilly, bluegrass, country and country rock, check out Ed Bentley Music on


Chris Cardell is the co-founder of, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 30,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. also provides custom music production and custom music streams. The entire production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990’s.

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