”There’s no point in trying to pin a label on an extrovert American band, led by guitarist, Nick Russo, who set out to cover so many bases from hot jazz to folk, blues and Big Easy funk… unfailingly high-spirited. Purists will hate it.
Everyone else will have a good time”
THE LONDON TIMES
October of 2016 Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches flew out to Lexington, Kentucky, traveling as a trio, to perform on the live taping of WoodSongs. WoodSongs is a worldwide multi-media...
WFUV On Your Radar
Check out our live version of Freight Train on WFUV. “Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches is a most unusual NYC band.” – John Platt We love WFUV! I’m a NYC girl,...
Vintage F Train 2016
A great time was had on the Vintage F Train Line December 18th. It was our 5th year going. Members of Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches appeared as Hot Jazz...
Live Video of Great Big House
Extended Play Sessions,”An authentic blend of New Orleans jazz, Piedmont blues, Gullah Geechee rhythm and New York sass, Banjo Nickaru and Western Scooches brought down the house at The Extended...
David Amram talks about Banjo Nickaru
“Just a few words about Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches, an amazing group which a lot of us dreamed would happen some day where the different genres of music all...
Reviews and Fun Links
We’ve had so much going on this September and October! Here are just a few… Recent Reviews: San Diego Troubadour Hershey’s “I Don’t Believe in Love” full of double entendre...
”… their sound is totally retro – yet completely in the here and now, another case where the old is new again”
NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY
|03 Dec 2017||
Hot Jazz Jumpers train performance -
, NY —
|06 Jan 2018||Onderdonk House candlelight tour - Ridgewood, NY — Vander Ende–Onderdonk House|
|21 Jan 2018||Banjo Nickaru & Western Sooches - Forest Hills, NY — Church In The Gardens (Community House)|
|14 Feb 2018||Folk Alliance International Conference 2018 - Kansas City, MO — Westin Crown Center Hotel|
|14 Aug 2018||Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches Tour - , TN, NC — TN - NC Tour|
”This highly listenable recording reminds us that at it’s root, Jazz music is Folk music with all the immediacy and relevance
that music of, for and by the people has always had and always will. Nick Russo’s banjo playing is especially compelling”