New York, New York
NYC-based Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches fuses world music with Americana sounds, including folk, roots, New Orleans styles, music of the 1920s, and originals.
"...it's unlike anything most listeners will find elsewhere."
San Diego Troubadour
"Americana music at its purest and most impressive" No Depression
“Unfailingly high-spirited." LONDON TIMES
"It underscores, too, how sounds from another time can be renewed and re-imagined, by creative minds and right hands, in the present moment. Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches are ridiculously fun." Rambles.
Band members have played with the likes of Paul McCartney, George Benson, Jimmy McGriff as well as performed on ABC's Good Morning America, Kansas City Folk Festival main stage, 2017 NERFA Semi-Formal showcase, Club Passim (NERFA Mid Winter Festival 2018), Isis Music Hall (Asheville, Aug 26, 2018), WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Blue Plate Special, Extended Play Sessions, Relix, NBC affiliate’s morning show: KSHB Kansas City Live TV (during Folk Alliance International 2018), Horses Sing None Of It TV show, John Platt's WFUV FM and On Your Radar (at Rockwood Music Hall), Westchester County Round UP TV show, appeared in movies such as Mona Lisa Smile (with Julia Roberts), Sam Mendes' Away We Go, Disney's Enchanted and PBS Masterpiece, The Chaperone.
"Fresh and vital" Classical Arts
Our debut album Very Next Thing was, #6 Album, with #7 Song and we were the #5 Artist on International Folk DJ Radio Chart Sept. 2016
“Nick Russo has worked with artists all over the jazz spectrum. His latest release brings a decidedly unorthodox approach.”DOWNBEAT ⋆⋆⋆⋆
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