Buster Hemphill was born in Jackson, Mississippi and started playing bass at age 14, after several years of classical piano lessons. After stints in local groups and school ensembles, he attended and graduated from Belmont University (Nashville, TN), where he studied with highly regarded bassists Roy Vogt and Jim Ferguson. Additional studies in NY were with renowned bassist Ben Wolfe.
After a brief time working in Nashville musical circles, Buster relocated to New York , which he continues to call home. He has performed, toured, or recorded with Chaka Khan, Blood Sweat & Tears, Jason Miles, Max Weinberg Orchestra, The Harlem Gospel Choir, Sachal Vasandani, Peter Cincotti, Jeff Lorber, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Vonda Shepard, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, hip-hop cult faves Camp Lo, the Metermaids, Felicia Collins (of Late Show with David Letterman), and many, many others in some of the most famed stages and studios around the world and on every continent.