Biography


You could easily say these three musicians were made to make music together. Though their paths from Texas to and through Music City have been diverse, they’re finally able to combine their talents and focus their efforts as a family. Affectionately named “Ida Red” by Mr. Tom T. Hall, and later changing to The Purple Hulls, the Clark siblings are no strangers to the music business and life on the stage. “Banjo” Ben resigned from his job with Taylor Swift to sign a publishing deal at Sony ATV, along with twins Penny and Katy. After a year of writing, The Purple Hulls are hitting the road, making sure to showcase their unique harmonies only a family can achieve while ripping the strings off any instrument they can get their hands on. If you’re looking for authentic acoustic driven country music delivered at its best, your search is over.

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67 Responses to “Biography”

  1. John says:

    Nothing beats your rendition of “What a friend we have in Jesus”.

  2. Matthew says:

    You guys are great

  3. Charlie says:

    You guys prove once and for all that the best musicians come out of Texas!

  4. David says:

    Higher Ground is one of the best I’ve heard. Good job and good music.

  5. frank Butterfield says:

    Wow! I just discovered you three on youtube. What a great and refreshing gospel sound. Your harmonies and instrumentals knock it out of the park. any plans for a west coast tour, say maybe Oregon? May God bless your endevours and be with you always!

  6. traciesmiths says:

    While searching for beginner banjo songs, found a crazy clip of banjo Ben (love your sense of humor)… then to a quick video playing the banjo … Which led me to videos of The Purple Hulls. I was so moved by the music and how sweet your melodies are together, I wanted to leave a cooment…I’m an instant fan, look forward to buying your music!!

  7. Al says:

    Hi Guys,

    I love your music. People make fun of me because I listen to your songs over and over especially all the songs from Close to Home, No Power in the Water and Grandma’s Garden are my favorites. I truly believe that Bluegrass is what Heaven’s Band plays. If I could play Banjo half as well as Katy I would be satisfied. God bless all of you.

    Gig Em
    Al

  8. James says:

    Stumbled across your videos on YouTube looking for bluegrass gospel ideas for a church special I need to sing in a week or so, really glad I did. You guys really rip em, I wanna see y’all play live up here in Peoria IL! Can you make it that far north?? Can’t get enough . . . Bought both CDs . . . God bless . . .

  9. Leonard says:

    Wow, I’ve just this evening discovered you and I’ve fallen in love with your sound. The harmonies, the instruments, singing, it’s all good, honest hard-work talent and its magnificent. From the YouTube videos I’ve seen you seem like great people – and fellow redheads at that. Looks like you’ve got yourself a new fan – time to look at this album!

  10. Robert says:

    When are you guys coming to Australia?!!

  11. Brad H says:

    This is just what I needed to here. I’ve spread The Purple Hulls word to all my friends (even my mom and dad). Absolutely splendid job folks, definite have great talent!!!

  12. Jim says:

    Gig ‘em. As it turns out, my Grandma’s garden actually had Purple Hulls growing next to the Blackeyes and Crowders. Gotta be from the south to know ’bout them purple hulls. LOL Regardless, great music. “What a Friend” takes me back to the First Baptist Church in Albany, TX many moons ago.

  13. Leona says:

    Awesome sound! Looking for gigs? Check out http://www.chrystalopryhouse.com for Festivals. Bill & Annette Hayes always looking for good bluegrass bands. The next ones are end of May-June 1st….and late summer in Aug. Would love to see you guys at COH!!! God Bless on your journey!

  14. Paul says:

    We really enjoyed seeing and hearing you at Uncle Calvin’s Friday evening. I’m sorry Ben couldn’t be there but Penny and Katy put on an outstanding show anyway. Great talent, great music and great personality. I’ll be watching to see when you’re in the area again. In the mean time, I’m going to wear out the CD’s I bought.

  15. Glenn says:

    I pray your dad is doing well.

  16. Ben Wetzel says:

    You guys are awesome! You should definately record more albums and go on tour some time!

  17. Ben Wetzel says:

    You guys are Awesome!

  18. Gene W says:

    First came across Banjo Ben through his guitar flat-picking lessons on you tube. At that time he was still with Taylor Swift., but he had a couple of videos playing old gospel songs with his sisters. Glad it worked out that they could make it a full-time thing. Love that music, and they do it about as good as it gets. Can’t wait to hear the album.

  19. Johan says:

    I just love your music ! The fenomenal playing on the guitar, the banjo, the mandolin and upon all theese classic bluegrassinstruments your beautiful vocals in perfect harmony! This is “Heavenly music, right here on earth” to me and you guys is a never ending inspirationdwell to our own pickin for me and friends here.
    Also the lyrics are great. Especially “I just wanted you to know” has spoken very deeply to me lately along with “Grandmas garden” as we have such a grandma as you sing about in our family. I keep listen to the “Close to Home”-album over and over again. Hoping to see you perform live way up north in Finland, Europe soon… ;)

  20. Ove says:

    Having heard that you are coming to Finland this summer, I decided to start listening to your music and to American bluegrass music for the first time. Ok, I’ve heard it, but never really listened. May God bless you and lead you in every aspect of your life.

  21. Donald says:

    Dancin’ on my grave remains one of my favorite songs of all time!
    The world could use more Purple Hulls!!

  22. Caleb says:

    First time I heard you guys. Brilliant. God bless.

  23. Thom says:

    Well, shoot! You guys got me all excited! HA! I thought you would be in Cleveland, OH! HAHA! I saw Cleveland and thought, awesome! Then saw Texas and thought, awwwwww. Oh well, maybe some day! Love the music, keep up the good work!

  24. Dale Human says:

    Absolute GREAT talent. Love your music. Thanks for sharing your God given gifts.

  25. Jason R. Owen says:

    I find the musicianship among you three amazing creations of God to be simply mesmerizing! Your harmony is clean and clear but simple in nature! Coming from a family band myself it is very refreshing to hear such amazing voices that match and congregate into one voice! I first saw you folks on YouTube quite some time ago with your rendition of “What a friend we have in Jesus” and have been a fan ever since. Is there ever a chance that you will bring your talent closer to the Southwest, like Arizona? You are truly blessings of the big guy upstairs and very thankful that your voices touch so many people including mine!

  26. Gary Truax says:

    God’s abundant blessings of musical talent never ceases to amaze me. After singing bass in a little gospel quartet for many years, I was left without a venue for witness when our tenor died. I had always done a little solo work, but close harmony had always been my love. Attempts to put a group back together have proved futile and I had almost lost my desire when, to borrow a Jerry Clower phrase, I got my batteries charged when I stumbled on to the Purple Hulls videos. I’ll skip all the congratulatory hyperbole and simply say thanks for the inspiration. Your harmony reminds me so much of the blends we had. I’ll see ya’ll round: here, there, or in the sky. Keep your noses in God’s Word and don’t be fooled by money and fame.

    Gary Truax
    Crystal Spring, PA

  27. Bob says:

    I just have to tell you that your rendition of Higher Ground is in our repertoire now. We play bluegrass gospel and I love your music

  28. ROBERT says:

    yall are great. my father back home just bought a mandolin and he loves to watch and listen to yall.
    gonna buy yalls stuff on itunes. amazing !!!

  29. Jack & Judith says:

    Even with the rain we saw great shows in Hawkins and later in Big Sandy on Oct 12th.
    Awesome talent. Missed Ben but the girls are fantastic with or without him.

  30. Robert K. says:

    I just bought ‘No Power in the Water.’ Sanctifying music! Loving you here in northern Virginia.

  31. Michael says:

    Sure enjoyed the episode and music on Texas Country Reporter which told your stories. Brought me to tears when y’all talked about your dad. To see whichever sister was driving the Farmall tractor, that I liked too. Am a tractor fanatic myself and also enjoy Bluegrass music. Sorry I was unable to attend this year’s TCR festival which y’all were said to have played at.

  32. Codie says:

    You guys are great!! Y’all should come up to Kentucky and put on a show near the Glasgow or Bowling Green area? I’d love to hear some great bluegrass pickin’.

  33. Excited to see these young people singing for the LORD! May GOD Bless them daily….

  34. Bob Parker says:

    2 of my granddaughters and I just watched the Texas Country Reporter episode with you all on it. What a great story and tribute to your Dad. We loved the music as an added bonus to such a moving story of your decisions to be back home so he would not battle alone. Your music was an added bonus. We just moved to Houston several months ago and are going to plan a weekend road trip to Kilgore hoping for an opportunity to buy some purple peas and catch some of the picking on the side of the road!

  35. Robert Tackett says:

    I just looked you all up since you’re now playing with my favorite Texas fiddle band! Looking forward to seeing you play with the Quebe Sisters tomorrow night in Visalia. I saw them there in 2012, and got to meet Grace and Sophia. They are wonderful people in addition to being very talented musicians.

  36. Tim Alexander says:

    Thank you to the Quebe Sisters Band for bringing Penny and Katy with you for your concerts in California. It was the first time for us to hear any of the songs that the Purple Hulls write and sing. What a blessing to hear the songs performed live and to have an opportunity to visit with.you. We look forward to welcoming back to California.

    • Tim Alexander says:

      We look forward to welcoming both of you back to California.

      May God richly bless both of you.. We uplift you in prayer that God will protect you throughout your travels.

      Colossians 3:15-17

  37. Robert Tackett says:

    It was so nice meeting Penny and Katy Friday night in Visalia. You were absolutely fantastic with the Quebe Sisters. I hope you enjoy the videos I took. My wife and I are now fans of the Purple Hulls and we spent time watching a bunch of Youtube videos today. We’ll keep an eye on your schedule, hoping you’ll get to Central California soon!

  38. Jonathan Lingle says:

    Love Be Thou My Vision – Awesome arrangement!

  39. andrew clark says:

    how can I get you guys up to canada to play ,you are absolutely fantastic,who knew Jesus was bluegrass baby?

  40. Dawn Wiseman says:

    Thank you so much for taking time for a photo op with our 8 year old; Caroline Grace (Black Cowboy hat and tall top pink boots) this past Saturday in La Grange, Texas. We love your music and Caroline Grace has already started learning “No Power In The Water”, she had part of it memorized before we got home Saturday night.

    What a blessing & Thank you so much!

  41. Jim Maust says:

    Come to Virginia!

  42. Banjerdan says:

    Mighty fine. The tears won’t quit when I hear your voices blend and strings bend. God has indeed blessed, may ya’ll never forget His mercies. My prayers are for your faithfulness to the one who sits in heaven of whom sing about.

  43. Bruce says:

    Really enjoyed your show tonight in Enid. The opening for Nitty-gritty was worth the ticket price.

  44. pamela m says:

    your Blessed with talent. Your a blessing. came accross on internet . Wow HAVE TO GET CD’S

  45. Jon Sanders says:

    I am a new guitar learner at 46 (ha!) and found some of banjo ben’s videos on youtube by accident. I really enjoy the way you teach Ben, and your playing is great. So, that is how I found the Purple Hulls. You guys really do good work, and I really liked “Higher Ground”, it reminds me of visiting my Grandparent’s church in Mississippi when I was young. Thanks.

  46. Twyla says:

    I came to Kilgore to a small coffee shop and heard Katie and Penny for the first time recently just before Christmas. I wasn’t sure what to expect, because my mom invited me to a Christmas “jam” session. I was blown away by the talent I saw and heard. My favorite song was “Can’t Stop Christmas from Comin'”. After hearing it that evening, I went home and pulled up youtube and found it. I listened to it over and over and was singing it throughout the Christmas holidays. After chatting with Katie a few minutes, she told me about the BanjoBenClark website. I had seen it before, but had not looked indepth. I am now a lifetime member of that site, have purchased both of your albums, and am hoping that I will get to hear you live again someday. I’m a huge fan, and it all came from ya’ll singing in a small coffee shop. Thank you so much for your time, talent and obvious love for God! I pray God blesses you richly! (He already has!)

  47. Denny Goddard says:

    Had the distinct pleasure of enjoying these lovely ladies with The Quebe Sisters in Kent, OH. Their wide range of instrumental and vocal talents made for a truly pleasurable evening of music enjoyment. What a great complement to the Quebe Sisters! Hope I have the opportunity to see them again!

  48. y Goddard says:

    To the Administrator:
    Unsure why my post was apparently disapproved. Don’t believe I offended anyone, certainly didn’t use vulgar language, was highly respectful and complimentary. Puzzled!! Wonder if it’s too late to cancel my CD order.

    • administration says:

      Hi Denny! I’m not seeing that your post was disapproved, BUT, we haven’t checked our website comments in a few weeks so we hadn’t approved it yet. Sorry ’bout that! It certainly was a nice comment! So thank you! And thanks for your support as well. We’d love to get back to Kent, had a great time there with you folks. God bless…

  49. mike walls says:

    When do we get another bluegrass CD.
    just love the first two
    wè need a UK tour
    Mike

  50. Nick Apuzzo says:

    The Purple Hulls completely own any song they do. When the three are together they have the undefinable chemistry that makes them truly special! I’ve purchased both of their albums (available on iTunes) and play them through a couple of times a week, they’re really fantastic! The sisters can burn the frets off of any stringed instrument they touch, and Ben is a force of nature on the banjo (which I did NOT grow up listening to in NYC, but am coming to really appreciate). Consider this…I’m an atheist and they are gospel bluegrass (lol), and they’re so good musically that I love their mojo. Keep going Purple Hulls, the three of you definitely have ‘it’ and I’ll be a life long fan.

  51. Thank you for your obedience and for following the calling on your lives. I just lost my mom to cancer and it’s never easy to watch someone you love sailing to their new destination, but the words of Jesus are an “ever present” help in those times… “I will see you again”.

    Love your music, your hearts and your purpose. We shall uphold y’all in prayer as you continue steadfastly in the faith.

    I believe that I am hearing so strong for you right now, the words of the Prophet Habakkuk: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”

    There is a new season coming for you that God has promised but has not yet delivered. Stay strong in your journey – YOU WILL get there!

    much love,

    Pastor Mark

  52. Scott says:

    Love you guys and your sound. Please try to get to the east coast. Was looking forward to seeing you with the Quebe sisters in Lancaster PA then saw the line up changed. I was bummed. Please get some Lancaster county PA dates. Resonator guitar work on The Lord Came Unto me is very smooth. Love It! If you ever need a bass player out this way, look me up, would love to sit in.
    God bless the ministry of your music.
    Scott

  53. John Doyle says:

    I am a fan!

    I grew up in a musical home hearing hymns sung almost daily by my dad and mom, the church choir director and the church organist. Because of that, and the work of the Spirit, I’m drawn to your music! Thanks so much!

    Can you do anything with the hymn He Giveth More grace? I love the lyrics but man the arrangement puts me to sleep! lol.

    I look foreward to seeing yall on tour!

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