Session Americana sit tightly around a small round cafe table, ambient mics tuned to catch the complete sound of the voices and instruments. A suitcase drum kit, an old electric bass, a field organ and a collection of acoustic instruments.
“Eight years ago I had an idea to apply a traditional Irish music session—where musicians sit around in a circle and play fiddles—to Americana, hence the name ‘Session Americana,’” ringleader Ry Cavanaugh reveals. He contacted five other musicians and began a Sunday night residency at Toad in Cambridge, Mass. The initial patchwork of a band stayed together for four years and made the highly esteemed 2005 debut Hi-N-Dry.
These charter Session Americana members have worked with such diverse and respected artists as Treat Her Right, Patty Griffin, Lori McKenna, The The, Dennis Brennan, and Kris Delmhorst, to name just a few.
“We started haphazardly with no rehearsals doing traditional country songs, a Band tune or two, and a bunch of Boston community songs by songwriters like Jimmy Ryan, Mark Sandman [Morphine], and Dennis Brennan.” Over four records, however, Session Americana has grown into writing its own well-crafted vibrant take on traditional Americana.
Check them out here
• Ry Cavanaugh - Guitar, Mandolin
• Dinty Child - Pump Organ, Mandocello
• Jim Fitting - Harmonica
• Billy Beard - Suitcase Drum Kit
• Kimon Kirk - Bass
• Laura Cortese - Fiddle
• Matt Malikowski - Engineer
Winner "2005 Best Folk Act" - The Boston Music Awards
Winner "Best Roots Act 2006" - Improper Bostonian "Best
of Boston" Issue
Winner "Best CD" 2007 - Improper Bostonian
Nominated "Best Roots Act" 2007 - WFNX/Boston Phoenix Best Music
Nominated "Best Live Act" 2007 - The Boston Music Awards
Nominated "Best Americana Act" 2008 - The Boston Music Awards
"Genius ... Jaw-dropping vocals ... Session Americana is blessed in this regard: ...musicianship that sets the standard for the genre in Boston and vocals that do the same"
— NE Performer Magazine
"No egos, no big production, just some great songs
stripped down to their bare essentials and performed with
a real genuineness of spirit and emotional authenticity...
it's beautiful." (Brian Mosher)
— The Noise
"An eclectic, swinging tour de force"
— The Boston Globe
"[This] local country-folk megagroup's double CD is one of
the most loose, spontaneous, warm, and homespun acts
of community and decency since the Nitty Gritty Dirt
Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken."— The Boston Phoenix