Schatzi + The String Boffin

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Schatzi + The String Boffin, based out of Northwest Florida, was formed by siblings, Dannica Lowery and Ben Parsons, who cultivated their musicianship from an early age… under the (benevolent) scrutiny of Mark Lowery, musical patriarch. “We were exposed to music from day one, with our Daddy, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents- literally, everyone on our father’s side- playing music,” says Dannica. “We all just have that innate ability to understand the language of music. I feel extremely fortunate.”

“Having multiple family members that play music has allowed us to play in a group since childhood,” Ben adds, “a setting in which we learned something from everyone.”

Their family also has a rich history of storytelling, which inspired Dannica’s interest in lyricism. Dannica’s love for language, a fire that has been fueled by her mother, Kathy- a poet with several published pieces, has proven complimentary to her musical prowess. “We have so many outrageous familial legends,” Dannica says. “For instance, it is told that, in the early 1930’s, my Great Uncle Ralph on my mother’s side fell in love with a Cuban banana farmer’s daughter, sailed away with her to Cuba, and was lost at sea. No one ever heard from him again… seemingly erased forever.” Dannica began performing her stories for others to hear along the Gulf Coast in the Summer of 2008.

While Dannica was developing her artistry as a songwriter, Ben was honing his skills as an instrumentalist. Catalyzed in his early teens by Blues greats, such as Freddie King and Stevie Ray Vaughn, he spent the majority of his teenage years learning as many styles as possible. “I was immediately drawn to these guys’ abilities to move the audience with their instruments, as if having verbal communication with them,” says Ben. After seeing world-renowned classical guitarist, David Russell, on a whim when he was just sixteen, Ben’s long-lasting love of classical guitar was born, which ultimately led to a his pursuit of a degree in Music Theory and Composition at Florida State University.

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