Benjamin Allmon is a musician, composer, lyricist, and audio engineer of over twenty years’ experience. Predominantly a bassist, guitarist, and singer, he occasionally fools around with the piano, and has no aptitude for drumming whatsoever.
His debut album, The Dark Carnival (2005), was the catalyst for his 1000km, 51-day walking tour down Australia’s East Coast as a continuation of the rambling musicians of old, recounted in his book Foot Notes. Recorded by Allmon in his recording studio, the album is an eclectic mix to say the least, with Allmon augmented by ten musicians, including his future wife.
His follow-up, Sound Tracks (2016), took over a decade to materialise, and was released as the musical accompaniment to Foot Notes. Inspired by the people and experiences he encountered on his trek, it was a much more subdued affair, focussing more on the instrumentation available to him on the road – an acoustic guitar and his voice.
Recorded at REaD Cafe, its songs provided the basis for a collaborative relationship with Grammy-nominated US producer Jason Brawner (Beyonce, Hilary Duff, Carrie Underwood).
Allmon is currently working on his third album, Wave, due for release in 2020.