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New Single now available

Saturday, May 10, 2014

As the 3rd installment of banjoist Ryan Cavanaugh's series of bluegrass/fusion inspired singles, "Once Upon a Time in Appalachia" brings Ryan back to the acoustic banjo.  

The track lineup includes Ryan on electric banjo, Bill Evans on sax, Mark Egan on bass, Joel Rosenblatt on drums, Tyson Rogers on keyboard, and Eli Bishop on strings. 
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World travels, NYC etc...

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New York City?

Saturday, January 26, 2013 7 comments

Bill Evans Soulgrass Fall tour

Friday, October 12, 2012 Add Comment

New York City?

Thursday, August 2, 2012 3 comments

Spring 2012

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New Record in the works

Thursday, February 16, 2012 2 comments

A great New Year ahead.

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Autumn - Winter

Thursday, September 22, 2011 Add Comment

Great Summer

Monday, August 8, 2011 3 comments

Kickstart Ryan's Tour!

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West Coast tour

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 1 comment

Summer touring

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Ryan Cavanaugh with Bill Evans' Soulgrass - Madman (Live at Rockpalast) PRO-SHOT


Cavanaugh electric banjo bridge

Ryan Cavanaugh and Jake Jolliff - Just Friends

Bill Evans Soulgrass Band (Ryan Cavanaugh banjo) Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 19-11-2009

Bill Evans and Ryan Cavanaugh "Soulgrass" (Burgos - Spain 22/Nov/2009)

Ryan Cavanaugh with Bill Evans "How the West Was Won."

Ryan Cavanaugh Jazz solo with Bill Evans

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Playing Since: 1990
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

Occupation: musician

Gender: Male
Age: 44

My Instruments:
style 75 Gibson Mastertone, Deering Tenbrooks Legacy, Deering Crossfire, Custom electric.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Rex McGee, John McLaughlin, Pat Martino, Bill Keith, Alan Munde...

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Created 6/29/2004
Last Visit 12/9/2020

Ryan Cavanaugh's outspoken views of how and what is played on the 5-string banjo, and his aversion to not 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 such as Bill Evans and John McLaughlin, Cavanaugh has meticulously developed his songwriting craft and his technical approach to the five-string banjo to be multifaceted, innovative, and entirely his own. Lauded by roots music authority No Depression, the ambitious and musically relentless Ryan Cavanaugh is, “the most versatile banjo player in the world whose name isn’t Fleck…He can play anything, and he’s proven he’s crafty enough to impress John-Oh-My-God-McLaughlin.” “One of the best technical players ever.” – Bela Fleck, Elmore Magazine, 2011 “Cavanaugh’s bluegrass credibility is undeniable but, while he’ll humbly tell you that he’s still got so much to learn, he’s already a remarkable jazz player.” - All About Jazz Magazine,2010

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