Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell: "I see my guitar playing as a blessing, after years of seeing it as a hindrance – the way I play is unlike anyone else"

Ben Bridwell
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Ben Bridwell has been playing the guitar as long as Band Of Horses have been going, having first picked it up to pen songs in 2004. His group became a major force in indie rock in 2010 with the seemingly ubiquitous Infinite Arms, but even now the term ‘musician’ still sits uncomfortably with him. 

“I’ve never been one to accept that, or any title,” he says. “I understand that I do write songs, but I don't want to call myself a songwriter. I know that I can sing a bit, but I don't call myself a singer…”

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.