- Tour Schedule
Session Americana - Raking Through the Ashes
Session Americana "Helena"
Session Americana - It's Not Texas (live at ETL)
Session Americana "Beer Town"
"Vitamin T" Music Video
Folk Alley Sessions: Session Americana - "Barefoot Sailors"
Folk Alley Sessions: Session Americana - "The Drivin'"
Great Western Rail - Live at the Armory
Session Americana - Live Promo
“…fun, fresh take on old-fashioned, and timeless, music.” The Boston Globe
“The cream of the Somerville/Cambridge roots music community." No Depression
Its a Session. Its a Hootenenanny. Its a festival band. Its a plaza full of children dancing on a sunny afternoon. Its a novelty. Its theater. It draws the quirky but powerful threads of American music together. Its virtuosity. Its the bad punk band you were in in high school. Its Folk music played on box cars in the dustbowl. Its a rock band.
Session Americana sit tightly around a small round cafe table, ambient mics tuned to catch the complete sound of the voices and instruments. Players swap songs and instruments; a suitcase drum kit, an old electric bass, a field organ and a collection of acoustic instruments. No two Session Americana shows are alike. They’re rowdy, freewheeling modern hootenannies that surprise the audience as much as they surprise the Somerville, Massachusetts sextet. Session Americana has innovatively recast the live show experience as a familial gathering of musicians seated at a round table swapping songs and instruments. The unique format feels fantastically theatrical and although the musicians face each other, the audience feels drawn into the circle by the warmth, joy and camaraderie that emanate outwards by the all-star cast of characters seated around the table.
What keeps fans coming back show after show is the same thing that any audience member longs for; great songs performed by a great band. The core members of the band have brought enviable careers worth of experience to the “table”, featuring (current and former) members of Treat Her Right, Patty Griffin, Lori McKenna, The The, Dennis Brennan, Kris Delmhorst to name just a few. The group has grown from a rag tag jam at a local pub to a regional institution, playing gigs from coffee houses to urban nightclubs, regional festival tents to theaters.
Great Shakes Reviews
"I can't think of a better way going (dying) than listening to Great Shakes on repeat. If you buy one Americana record this month, you'd be doing yourself a disservice not to buy this one. Melodically perfect. harmonically divine and rhythmically spot on." -R2 Magazine UK
"While aware of a rich musical past, this is no tribute or pastiche. Its rich palette is evocative and embracing and suggests that real greatness in terms of profile and sales is very close." - Northern Sky UK
"Review this album in one word? Gorgeous; ten beautifully-crafted and perfectly-arranged songs, six highly-gifted players and vocal harmonies to die for." - Music Riot UK
"It’s an album of warm, engaging music, with brilliant solos and sublime harmonies." - Penny Black Music UK
"A Gem of a record" - Boston Herald
"In recent years, some of their more interesting live moments have come courtesy of Jefferson Hamer’s electric guitar. Not surprisingly, it gives their songs extra bite and a rocking edge." -Twangville
"opens up with the little gem that is “One Skinner”, a languid, gorgeously melodic song that slides into your consciousness and never leaves." - Americana UK
"Fraai gezongen (bij momenten echt heerlijk harmonieerwerk!), haast nog fraaier ingespeeld. "(Beautiful vocals (at times the harmonies are really gorgeous), the playing is even more beautiful.) - Crtlaltcountry.be
"Zijn (Jefferson's) deel heeft er ongetwijfeld toe bijgedragen dat ‘Great Shakes’ een bom van een album is geworden." (His (Jefferson's) participation no doubt contributed to making "Great Shakes" an album that blows you away.) - Keysandchords.com
"Al die ervaringen gebruikt het zestal nu om van hun nieuwste en zevende album “Great Shakes” een topplaat te maken." (All this experience is now combined by the six-piece to make their newest album "Great Shakes" a great one.) - Rootstime.be
Americana Music Fest 2015: 27 Must-See Acts
It's right there in the name for this ultra-gifted, rotating collective of singers and multi-instrumentalists. And sprawl is a good word when it comes to the Boston-based group's raucous live shows, which were initially built around the community concept of traditional Irish seisiúns. The group, whose members have played with a variety of acts including Patty Griffin, Josh Ritter and the J. Geils Band, expertly blends vintage American roots music styles — from country to jazz to rock — in a rowdy but deft fashion. (Friday, September 18th, Listening Room Café, 10:00 p.m.) S.R.
|By Chris Parton, Sarah Rodman, Andrew Leahey, Joseph Hudak, Marissa R. Moss|
lbum Feature Friday: Session Americana “Pack Up The Circus”
|Session Americana is the type of band that is best served live. There is a very particular intimacy about the performances these gentlemen put forth in a show setting. Passing instruments, lead vocal duties, and whiskey around their table top. Sharing songs and swapping solos, having a friend from the audience jump in for a song or two. It’s an experience, its an institution of sorts. Their Lizard Lounge residences have become somewhat of a legend around town and rightfully so. Lucky for us, however, the boys managed to capture that same aura in their latest recording, “Pack Up The Circus”, so we can live out those moments from our own home, cars, or walking down Mass Ave.
Session Americana “Pack Up the Circus”
Pack Up the Circus, the latest album from Session Americana, seems a nearly perfect name for a record from the Boston-based music co op. Anchored by the 4 core members, the band maintains a revolving list of supporting, and sometimes starring, musicians to where you never really know who’s going to be onstage for one of their shows. Pack Up the Circus is a good proxy for the musical breadth that’s sometimes covered in one of their live events.
“Lucky” is a straight down the middle Americana tune, punctuated with some subtle horns. “Vitamin T” is a Jimmy Buffett meets The Mavericks salute to one of my favorite spirits. “You Always Hurt the One You Love” starts with some gentle guitar strumming and then breaks into a Benny Goodman (or, dare I say it, Lawrence Welk) clarinet jazz number. Harmonica adds some twangy texture to “Notary Public.” “Clocks” also has some nice harp in a sort of bluesy song that would be right at home on a Kevin Russell setlist.
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One Longfellow Square
Thrasher Opera House
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