Ryan Cavanaugh’s outspoken views of how and what is played on the 5-string banjo, and his aversion to compromise his instrument to play new genres, is occupied by few banjo players and musicians alike. Having honed his uber-untraditional chops under the wings of jazz legends Bill Evans and John McLaughlin, Cavanaugh takes it back to his bluegrass roots…kind of.
"This track was something I've always wanted to do," explains Cavanaugh. "I wanted a modern fusion ensemble to interpret a hard driving Scruggs style tune. You always hear a banjo in a band with the drums doing the 'train beat,' etc, with the rock band instruments attempting to come into the banjo's world. In this case, I was in the studio with these awesome musicians and they wanted to play a bluegrass tune and twist it a little, so we twisted Reuben. The only request I had was for them to interpret this tune in their own language. This resulted in a very powerful instrumental live performance and I'm happy we decided to record it!"
Reuben's Cube (Tribute to Earl Scruggs) [feat. Bill Evans, Mark Egan, Joel Rosenblatt & Tyson Rogers] is the first in a series of bluegrass inspired singles Cavanaugh intends to release this winter.