The Stringbenders

Based in Houston TX

The Stringbenders are a 5 piece band in the Houston Area. We play a nice mix of classic country,current country,cajun, Texmex and classic rock.

we are punctual ,polite and have our own sound system that is appropriate for most occasions

We are a 5 piece Band with 2 guitars,accordion,Bass, and drums.

We have played many corporate parties,private parties,weddings,and special occasions for ovwe 20 years.


Somewhere back in the hazy 60's in a room with paper thin walls, a young lad started beating on his guitar...driving his parents crazy while learning Beatle songs...

The songwriting magic of John Lennon and Paul McCartney affected Tracy deeply and sparked an interest in music that lead him from the Beatles to the Byrds to the Flying Burrito Brothers to The Band...and Tracy's own style of songwriting began to evolve.

Today, Tracy is an award winning songwriter and The Stringbenders is the primary vehicle for his own creative output, as well as an outlet for his desire to, in the words of Willie Neslon, "make music with his friends".

Jim Ferguson has been playing and writing songs since his college days. An attorney by day, Jim sheds his coat and tie at sunset, and takes on his alter ego as lead guitarist and songwriter for The Stringbenders.

A chance meeting in 1999 at an open mike event brought Jim and Tracy together and they have been picking and grinning and making great music ever since.

Jim and Tracy share similiar songwriting influences, and though their styles are complimentary of each other, they are quite different. A unique blend exists in the synergy between these two, and it comes out at every Stringbenders show.

Benny Rod has been playing drums since 1968, when he was first attracted to the percussive sounds of all the great drummers of the day.

An accomplished musician who plays guitar, harmonica and about 15 other instruments, Benny holds down the backbeat for The Stringbenders and can also be heard singing some of the high harmony parts.

Benny has been a Stringbender since the beginning, and is an avid collector of guitars and other musical instruments, and can be found eating wings or browsing the pawnshops of Houston when he's not playing with the band.


Joe has been fascinated by music from a very young age. Growing up in South Texas exposed him to country, rock and traditional Mexican music.

Joe learned the ins and outs of music in middle school band playing the alto saxophone. The hair band movement of the 80's and early 90's inspired him to learn the guitar. While studying at Texas A&M University, Joe regularly performed at open mikes in the Bryan/ College Station area. On a whim in the mid 90's, he purchased an accordion and has not been the same since.

Joe hooked up with the Stringbenders in 2005 through a conversation with Benny Rod at a Northside Houston open mike. Joe has performed with local artists: The Kyle Redd Band, Larry Sepulvado and the Mark Miller Band.


Pat began his love of music at an early age thanks to the various genres of music from his older siblings record collections. A native Houstonian, he is influenced by the rock, blues & country scene of the '60s & '70s, as well as many of today's current artists.

His first musical experience was playing the trumpet in middle school as well as high school. It was there, after a marching band rehearsal on a Texas summer day, that he and a couple of friends decided to start a rock n' roll band. He bought a bass guitar ("because somebody's gotta play bass") and began a journey of over 25 years of playing in and around the Houston area in a variety of bands.

By day he works in the security industry, but by the glow of the neon, he's one of the driving forces of The Stringbenders rhythm section since 2005.


Chicken Fried
Silver Wings
The Fugitive
Don't Think Hank Done It This Way
Luckenbach TX
Guitars and Cadillacs
Streets of Bakersfield
Six Pack To Go
Honky Tonk Blues
Move It On Over
Seminole Wind
Drinking Bone
Johnny B. Goode
Cest' La Vie
Man to Man
It's All Over Now
You Can't Always Get
Wonderful Tonight
Cold Shot
You Can't Do That
Love Me Do
All Along The Watchtower
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
Hey Baby Que Paso
Who Were You Thinking Of
Solitary Man
Two More Bottles of Wine
I Know You Rider
Boys from Oklahoma
Take Me Out To The Dancehall
Poor Man's Son
Tulsa Time
Road Goes On Forever
Honky Tonkin
Why Baby Why
Comes A Time
Heart of Gold
Fulsom Prison
Ring of Fire
That's Alright
Tedd yBear
Does Fort Worth Ever?
Easy Come, Easy Go
Cherry Bomb
Voodoo Chile
Long Way to Mexico
Next Teardrop Falls
Walk of Life
How I Got To Memphis
Acadian Angel
Time Marches On
Route 66
Dim Lights Thick Smoke
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Take It Easy
All You Ever Do is Bring Me Down
Wagon Wheel
Miles and Miles of Texas
Tennessee Whisky
Copperhead Road
Six Days on the Road
Proud Mary
Walking to New Orleans
I Got Loaded
In the Summertime

Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band
Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard
Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings
Dwight Yoakam
Dwight Yoakum
Hank Thompson
Gordon Lightfoot
Hank Williams Sr.
Hank Williams Sr.
John Anderson
Tracy Byrd
Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry
Gary Allen
Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones
Eric Clapton
Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Beatles
The Beatles
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Alan Jackson
Texas Tornados
Texas Tornados
Texas Tornados
Neil Diamond
Delbert McClinton
Grateful Dead
Cross Canadian Ragweed
Pat Green
Charlie Robison
Don WIlliams
Joe Ely
Joe Ely
George Jones
Neil Young
Neil Young
Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
George Strait
George Strait
John Mellencamp
Jimi Hendrix
Johnny Rivers
Roger Creager
Freddy Fender
Dire Straits
Tom T. Hall
Shake Russell
Tracy Lawrence
Marty Stewart
Daruis Rucker
Asleep At The Wheel
Chris Stapleton
Steve Earle
Steve Earle
Fats Domino
Little Bob
Mungo Jerry

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Prices may vary depending on travel distance/location, date, special performance requirements or required expenses.
String Benders
Price: $2,160.00
Number of Performers: 5
Duration: 4 hours
Extra Hourly Rate: $600.00