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Boy Named Banjo

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.