• MERCURY NASHVILLE RECORDING ARTIST BOY NAMED BANJO RELEASES NEW SONG “HEART IN MOTION.”

    The Mercury Nashville band, Boy Named Banjo, releases its latest track today, “Heart in Motion.” The track is the follow-up to last year’s debut major label EP, Circles.  Written by band member Barton Davies, Jon Sherwood and Oscar Charles, “Heart in Motion” is produced by Oscar Charles. The Nashville born and raised quintet includes Davies, Ford Garrard, Sam McCullough, Willard Logan and William Reames.

     

    Boy Named Banjo’s music is a fusion of country sound, and notes American Songwriter, the band “continues to push their sonic bounds.” The new track, “Heart in Motion” was written right after the world shut down for Covid, when the band’s first west coast headlining tour was canceled, and they had to travel 34 hours by van back to Nashville on what was the craziest journey ever taken by the group.  The entire time, the guys were just wishing they could be home with their loved ones to weather out the storm together.  As soon as they got back home to Nashville, the melody and opening line of the chorus, “cause your smile’s about as wide as Texas,” popped into Barton Davies’ head and the next day the song was born with co-writers Jon Sherwood and Oscar Charles.  They channeled the feeling of longing for home and put it to the backdrop of the Texas landscape.

    “If there’s a single song that embodies our sound, it’s “Heart in Motion.” It combines a lot of elements that we feel are unique to Boy Named Banjo,” says Barton Davies. “The country storytelling, anthemic choruses, three-part harmonies, soaring vocals, and banjo lines all came together on this one. We wanted this song to gradually build in intensity, as we felt the music needed to match the lyrical movement of the song. Lyrically, it’s a different kind of traveling song, where love is the driving force. Its message hits home for all of us – when we’re out on the road, it’s our loved ones back home that inspire us to keep moving.”

    LISTEN TO “HEART IN MOTION” | HERE

     

     

    Today the band announced two additional headlining shows, October 22 in Chattanooga and November 25 in Nashville.  The Nashville show is the fourth annual post-Thanksgiving Day hometown show which has become a yearly tradition for their fans.  The pre-sale for tickets to the Nashville show runs September 13 at 10 am CT – September 15 at 10 pm CT.  Regular on sale begins September 16 at 10 am CT.  Chattanooga show is on sale now.  Tickets will be available at boynamedbanjo.com. Boy Named Banjo is currently out on the road on Kip Moore’s Fire On Wheels Tour and the band will be on the road with Moore though the fall.

     

    Boy Named Banjo Tour Dates:

    Sept. 9 Boise, ID The Knitting Factory Concert House*
    Sept. 10 Yakima, WA Hop Country Music Fest
    Sept. 11 Portland, OR Roseland Theater*
    Sept. 15 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre*
    Sept. 16 Omaha, NE The Admiral Theater*
    Sept. 17 Salina, KS Tony’s Pizza Event Center*
    Sept. 23 Morgantown, WV Ruby Amphitheater*
    Sept. 24 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live*
    Oct. 6 Norfolk, VA The Norva*
    Oct. 7 Charlotte, NC Coyote Joes*
    Oct. 8 Greenville, SC The Blind Horse Saloon*
    Oct. 13 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater*
    Oct. 14 Green Bay, WI Epic Event Center*
    Oct. 15 Madison, WI The Sylvee*
    Oct. 20 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall*
    Oct. 21 Tallahassee, FL The Moon*
    Oct. 22 Chattanooga, TN The Barrelhouse Ballroom
    Oct. 28 Burlington, VT Flynn Center For The Performing Arts*
    Oct. 29 Rutland, VT Paramount Theatre, VT*
    Nov. 10 New York, NY Terminal 5*
    Nov. 11 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre*
    Nov. 12 Cleveland, OH Templelive Cleveland Masonic*
    Nov. 25 Nashville, TN Brooklyn Bowl
    *Kip Moore’s Fire On Wheels Tour

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt, Little Big Town, Mickey Guyton, Boy Named Banjo

    Luke Bryan shared the news that American Idol‘s historic 20th season will premiere February 27th (2022) on ABC.

     

    Sam Hunt and Little Big Town were added to the list of performers at next year’s San Antonio Stock Show And Rodeo taking place February 10th – 26th. They join previously announced artists including Tim McGraw, Mickey Guyton, Brad Paisley, Ludacris, Jimmie Allen and Ryan Bingham, among others.

    Mickey Guyton shared some great Christmas ideas from black-owned small businesses on her socials. Check them out.

    Check out and get to know new band Boy Named Banjo. Find out how they met and started performing together.

    https://twitter.com/BoyNamedBanjo/status/1466074623460605955

     

  • BOY NAMED BANJO RELEASES NEW EP CIRCLES.

    “Marrying a myriad of influences within the country/bluegrass/folk realm, Nashville-based quintet Boy Named Banjo sets an energetic pace for their forthcoming major-label debut with a hypnotic roots-rock track ‘Circles.’”American Songwriter

    Packed with pep, this country rocker ramps up the energy with hearty vocals, relentless percussion and ripples of banjo notes beneath wafting electric guitar. Very zesty indeed. This quintet is going places.” MusicRow

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 27, 2021) – Mercury Nashville’s Boy Named Banjo released their debut major label project, Circles, today – listen HERE. Produced by Oscar Charles (Charlie Worsham, Carly Peace, Elvie Shane), the EP consists of seven songs all co-written by members of the band, invoking elements of country, bluegrass, folk-rock, and more. Additionally, the talented quintet shared their performance video of their lead track “Only You Know” today – watch HERE.

    Boy Named Banjo teased the new EP with a live performance video of their song “Feel For You” and dropped the EP’s title track, “Circles” earlier last month. The road-tested band kicks off their headlining Where The Night Goes Tour tonight in Atlanta, GA, performing across the country on the 37-city tour. For a full list of Boy Named Banjo’s upcoming tour dates, click HERE.

    Circles EP Track Listing:
    1. Only You Know (Barton Davies, Jon Sherwood, William Reames)
    2. Feel For You (Barton Davies, William Reames, Michael Whitworth, Dan Fernandez)
    3. Too Close (Barton Davies, William Reames, Tim Bruns, Jon Sherwood)
    4. Circles (William Reames, Oscar Charles, Jon Sherwood)
    5. Where The Night Goes (Barton Davies, William Reames, Benjamin Simonetti, Jon Sherwood)
    6. Keep Lying To Me (Barton Davies, William Reames, Benjamin Simonetti, Jon Sherwood)
    7. Go Out Dancing (Barton Davies, William Reames, Oscar Charles, Jon Sherwood)

     

    About Boy Named Banjo:
    Long before Boy Named Banjo, two of the founding members of the genre-bending band grew up a mile down the road from each other in Nashville. William Reames and Willard Logan both picked up the guitar at an early age, took lessons from the same teacher in town, and played in the same middle school band together.

    A shared love for bluegrass, folk, and singer/songwriter music sparked a new musical friendship between Reames and banjo player, Barton Davies. The two young musicians enthusiastically bounced songs off each other, discovering some of their favorite artists together, such as The Steeldrivers, John Hartford, and more. Before long, they were writing and performing songs of their own, and at the age of 16, they decided to form their own band. Only, they needed a mandolin player. That’s when they called Logan – and the two longtime friends, and now Davies, were bandmates once again.

    “We were still too young to step foot inside a bar when we first started to play,” Davies recalls, “so we’d set up shop on the sidewalk outside of Robert’s Western World in downtown Nashville and play our own songs for whomever would listen.” According to Davies – about halfway through one of their sets, a man came stumbling out of Robert’s, got in Barton’s face and yelled “play that thing, Banjo Boy! C’mon, Banjo!” Reames texted Davies later that night – “Boy Named Banjo.”

    With a brand-new name and a handful of original songs, the trio recorded The Tanglewood Sessions, giving fans an inside look into the lives of the young outfit and receiving unexpected praise. In 2013, Boy Named Banjo invited drummer Sam McCullough to join the group, before recording their sophomore album, Long Story Short (2014). The band earned a spot in their first major music festival, performing at Bonnaroo in 2015. Shortly after releasing their Lost on Main EP in 2016, Boy Named Banjo found its missing piece, bass guitarist Ford Garrard. The group hit the road and haven’t stopped touring since. Boy Named Banjo has crafted a sound that incorporates an energetic blend of country, bluegrass, alt-rock, and folk-pop telling their stories through an honest, emotional, roots-driven perspective.

  • LABOR DAY LINERS 2021

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  • BOY NAMED BANJO TO RELEASE NEW EP CIRCLES – OUT AUGUST 27th.

    Mercury Nashville’s newest band, Boy Named Banjo, announced their new EP, Circles, today. Dropping August 27th, American Songwriter describes the project as, “Marrying a myriad of influences within the country/bluegrass/folk realm, Nashville-based quintet Boy Named Banjo sets an energetic pace for their forthcoming major-label debut…” Pre-save Circles HERE.

     

     

    The seven-song EP, produced by Oscar Charles (Charlie Worsham, Carly Peace, Elvie Shane), illustrates their evolved, genre-defying sound. “Our Circles EP has been years in the making,” says the band. “With the unexpected time at home during the pandemic, we decided to dive back into this music and try to make it the very best that it could be. We feel the finished product both highlights and represents our band like nothing we have released before. We could not be more proud and grateful to present this EP to the world.”

    Fans can catch a glimpse of Boy Named Banjo’s new EP with a live performance video of their song “Feel For You” and the EP’s title track, “Circles,” which MusicRow Magazine calls, “Packed with pep, this country rocker ramps up the energy with hearty vocals, relentless percussion and ripples of banjo notes beneath wafting electric guitar.”

    Circles EP Track List:

    1. Only You Know (Barton Davies, Jon Sherwood, William Reames)
    2. Feel For You (Barton Davies, William Reames, Michael Whitworth, Dan Fernandez)
    3. Too Close (Barton Davies, William Reames, Tim Bruns, Jon Sherwood)
    4. Circles (William Reames, Oscar Charles, Jon Sherwood)
    5. Where The Night Goes (Barton Davies, William Reames, Benjamin Simonetti, Jon Sherwood)
    6. Keep Lying To Me (Barton Davies, William Reames, Benjamin Simonetti, Jon Sherwood)
    7. Go Out Dancing (Barton Davies, William Reames, Oscar Charles, Jon Sherwood)

     

    Additionally, the road-tested band will embark on their headlining Where The Night Goes Tour kicking off late August in Atlanta, GA. Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

     

    Where The Night Goes Tour

    8/27/2021         Atlanta, GA                  Terminal West

    9/15/2021         Birmingham, AL          Saturn

    9/16/2021         Athens GA,                  The Warehouse

    9/17/2021         Columbia, SC               The Senate

    9/18/2021         Lexington, VA             Chi Psi Lodge

    9/19/2021         Richmond, VA             The Broadberry

    9/29/2021         Starkville, MS              Rick’s Cafe

    9/30/2021         Rome, GA                    Peaches

    10/1/2021         Anderson, SC               Wendells Dippin Branch

    10/2/2021         Asheville, NC              The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall

    10/5/2021         Greensboro, NC           The Blind Tiger

    10/6/2021         Knoxville, TN              Bijou Theatre

    10/7/2021         Charlottesville, VA       Jefferson Theater

    10/8/2021         Washington, DC           9:30 Club

    10/9/2021         Ithaca, NY                   The Dock

    10/13/2021       South Burlington, VT   Higher Ground – Showcase Room

    10/14/2021       New York, NY             Mercury Lounge

    10/15/2021       Northampton, MA        Iron Horse Music Hall

    10/16/2021       Wayne, PA                   118 North

    10/17/2021       State College, PA          Stage West

    10/19/2021       Madison, WI                High Noon Saloon

    10/20/2021       Columbus, OH             The Basement

    10/22/2021       Chicago, IL                  Carol’s Pub

    10/23/2021       Milwaukee, WI            The Rave II

    10/24/2021       Louisville, KY             Headliner’s Music Hall

    10/28/2021       Oxford, MS                  The Lyric Oxford

    11/1/2021         Columbia, MO             The Blue Note

    11/2/2021         Lawrence, KS              The Bottleneck

    11/3/2021         Oklahoma City, OK      Ponyboy

    11/4/2021         Fayetteville, AR           George’s Majestic Lounge

    11/5/2021         Little Rock, AR            Stickyz

    11/16/2021       Fort Collins, CO           Aggie Theatre

    11/17/2021       Boulder , CO                 Fox Theatre

    11/18/2021       Denver, CO                  Globe Hall

    11/19/2021       Frisco, CO                    10 Mile Music Hall

    11/20/2021       Aspen, CO                   Belly Up Aspen

    12/23/2021       Nashville, TN               Brooklyn Bowl

     

    About Boy Named Banjo:
    Long before Boy Named Banjo, two of the founding members of the genre-bending band grew up a mile down the road from each other in Nashville. William Reames and Willard Logan both picked up the guitar at an early age, took lessons from the same teacher in town, and played in the same middle school band together.

    A shared love for bluegrass, folk, and singer/songwriter music sparked a new musical friendship between Reames and banjo player, Barton Davies. The two young musicians enthusiastically bounced songs off each other, discovering some of their favorite artists together, such as The Steeldrivers, John Hartford, and more. Before long, they were writing and performing songs of their own, and at the age of 16, they decided to form their own band. Only, they needed a mandolin player. That’s when they called Logan – and the two longtime friends, and now Davies, were bandmates once again. “We were still too young to step foot inside a bar when we first started to play,” Davies recalls, “so we’d set up shop on the sidewalk outside of Robert’s Western World in downtown Nashville and play our own songs for whomever would listen.” According to Davies – about halfway through one of their sets, a man came stumbling out of Robert’s, got in Barton’s face and yelled “play that thing, Banjo Boy! C’mon, Banjo!” Reames texted Davies later that night – “Boy Named Banjo.”

    With a brand-new name and a handful of original songs, the trio recorded The Tanglewood Sessions, giving fans an inside look into the lives of the young outfit and receiving unexpected praise. In 2013, Boy Named Banjo invited drummer Sam McCullough to join the group, before recording their sophomore album, Long Story Short (2014). The band earned a spot in their first major music festival, performing at Bonnaroo in 2015. Shortly after releasing their Lost on Main EP in 2016, Boy Named Banjo found its missing piece, bass guitarist Ford Garrard. The group hit the road and haven’t stopped touring since. Boy Named Banjo has crafted a sound that incorporates an energetic blend of country, bluegrass, alt-rock, and folk-pop telling their stories through an honest, emotional, roots-driven perspective.