Ben Wiley Payton, originally from Jackson, Mississippi, is an acoustic blues artist with roots in the Delta, but he’s only a relatively recent convert to the vintage style. He specializes in playing and teaching country-style Delta blues, circa 1900-1940. Payton is a respected instructor at music programs and workshops across the country, including the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. His curriculum includes demonstrating the roots of this uniquely American music, using live performance to illustrate the historical and musical connections in African-American culture. He enjoys demonstrating while teaching in order for audiences to get a full understanding of styles.