" New York needs more banjo virtuosos like Benjamin Lee, who takes the instrument beyond the front porch and into a new and beautiful universe." - THE FASTER TIMES
" In Baby Copperhead’s hands, the banjo sounds otherworldly, like an instrument from a science-fiction movie. After a couple tracks, you’ll forget all about the riff from Deliverance and wake up to the possibilities that Baby Copperhead has just begun to harness"
- THE STRANGER
" Lee’s specialty is taking the banjo and treating it with a sci-fi glaze, via an electronic sampler, trippy melodies and haunted vocals"
New York City-based performer and composer, Baby Copperhead (a.k.a. Benjamin B. Lee), was transplanted as a youth from Europe to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he grew up playing cello, guitar and later banjo. After playing the banjo for several years he went on to study with banjo wizard, Tony Trischka, an important mentor to Bela Fleck and other great banjo players.
Baby Copperhead’s fascination with electronics such as circuit bending, synthesizers, and samplers have added an electro-sonic component to his dissonant banjo compositions.
People have compared Baby Copperhead’s music to the Silver Apples, Devo and early David Bowie. Some of his biggest influences are legendary banjo player and songwriter Gus Cannon, Old-time fiddler Tommy Jarrell, synth-pioneers Wendy Carlos, and Isao Tomita, new wave innovators Devo, free-jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman, and composers Erik Satie, Dimitri Shostakovich, and Morton Feldman.
Baby Copperhead has worked with wide range of fantastic musicians and bands including Eugene Chadbourne, Jim Campilongo, world-class tap dancer Michelle Dorrance, Balts Nill (Stiller Has), Dead Brothers, Brent Arnold (Modest Mouse/Sleater-Kinney/Built to Spill), Chris Taylor(Grizzly Bear), Emily Manzo(Till By Turning/Christy& Emily).
He has toured throughout Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and continues to perform consistently in the New York City area.