Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that's not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag".
Great Shakes (2016)
Great Shakes, the new album from Session Americana with Jefferson Hamer, makes a bold statement for the Boston-area collective that has been playing together since 2003. Whereas previous albums have harnessed the sprawling
familial energy of the group, Great Shakes is a focused reflection of a six-piece version of the band that has been playing together sporadically for the past few years: Billy Beard (drums), Ry Cavanaugh (guitar), Kimon Kirk (bass), Jim Fitting (harmonica), Dinty Child (multi-instrumentalist), and Jefferson Hamer (guitar). While some of the songs on the record
will be familiar to fans of the live group, the band also worked on new material together during their weeks-long sojourn in January 2016. Some songs fit together like jigsaw puzzles, with lyrics from one member and music from another, while other songs evolved through conversation and much experimentation. The product, scheduled for release in September 2016, feels more like the birth of a band than the seventh record of a collective.
Members one line bios
Ry Cavanaugh's song, "Lighthouse Light" was released by Mary Black on her last record, Songs for the Steeples.
Billy Beard is the drummer on the Patty Griffin's "Silver Bell on Universal Records .
Dinty Child is a multi-instrumentalist on Rose Cousins Juno-award winning album, "We have Made a Spark”.
Jim Fitting was the harmonica player in The The from 1993-1995.
Jefferson Hamer won the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Song for his Child Ballads collaboration with Anais Mitchell
Kimon Kirk (bass) co-writes with and has performed with Aimee Mann
Zach Hickman is Josh Ritter's bassist
Jon Bistline recorded an original album with Steve Albini
Laura Cortese tours extensively around the globe with her band, The Dance Cards
Adam Moss is a Klezmer and Jazz fiddle player and writer