Bennett was part of the 1970s folk music scene in Canada, alongside figures such as Bruce Cockburn, Stan Rogers and David Wiffen. His early albums were produced by David Essig; the recording engineer for his 1977 album Hobo's Taunt was Daniel Lanois.
While commonly regarded as a major talent, Bennett did not become as famous as his contemporaries until 1996, when Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden and Tom Wilson formed Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, a supergroup named for Bennett's 1978 album, to record a tribute album of Bennett's songs. Bennett's first subsequent album of new material, Heartstrings, won a 1999 Juno Award for Best Roots & Traditional Album - Solo.
Bennett performed frequently with singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith, playing mandolin and harmonica.
Friends and musical colleagues of Willie P. Bennett gathered at the Market Hall in Peterborough, Ontario, on July 27 for the Heartstrings benefit concert, a tribute held in support of the singer-songwriter and Peterborough resident.(Events)(Brief article)
Sep 22, 2007; Friends and musical colleagues of Willie P. Bennett gathered at the Market Hall in Peterborough, Ontario, on July 27 for the...