Session Americana

Shows at the Purple Fiddle

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“The cream of the Somerville/Cambridge roots music community.” No Depression

“…fun, fresh take on old-fashioned, and timeless, music.” The Boston Globe

Its a Session. Its a Hootenenanny. Its a festival band. Its a plaza full of children dancing on a sunny afternoon. Its a novelty. Its theater. It draws the quirky but powerful threads of American music together. Its virtuosity. Its the bad punk band you were in in high school. Its Folk music played on box cars in the dustbowl. Its a rock band.

Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack’s bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that’s not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American “song bag”.