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Feb. 2006 - Wallace Guitars presents Ben with the new "Ben Hall" signature guitar
                      
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The Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention - Nashville, TN 2004

Here is a posting from the Misterguitar.com discussion board.

Moon Mullins brought this 15 year old kid, Ben Hall (correct me if I’m wrong with that name) into the Picker’s Club “Room” and showed us what a picker he was. But, not too many people got to hear him... The kid was tall for his 15 years, very composed, relaxed, reserved – and, played just like Moon.. It was a real treat to see him.

AND, THEN....

During the the Sat Evening Show the kid's name was drawn to win one of the guitars... As he was walking up to Doc to receive it a bunch of us started yelling at the top of our lungs to "Have the kid PLAY IT!!!"... At first Doc was surprised at the out break and looked out at us real funny, but wisely decided to take our advice and asked the kid to play it.. With not so much as a second thought, the kid sat down center stage with his new guitar (a full band had been conveniently assembled for the next act and played along with him). He folded his leg just like Moon and with not one nervous twitch he started to play a jumpy thumb style rag like tune - JUST LIKE MOON.... The crowd (and, Mark) went nuts.. The kid ripped through a verse and tilts his head to the band and barks out something like, "Let's take ‘er to C, boys." THE WHOLE ROOM WENT INTO PANDEMONIUM.... At the end he got a tremendous standing ovation....

Moon has got to be one proud mentor... And, we can be sure with all these kids falling in love with our thumb style pickin' that it will survive at least one more generation..

 


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