POSTPONED – A BOY NAMED BANJO
A BOY NAMED BANJO
THU APR 30
Doors 7 | Show 8
Long before Boy Named Banjo, two of the founding members of the genre-breaking 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, went to the same school, and even played in the same middle school band together.
A shared love for bluegrass, folk, and singer/songwriter music sparked a different musical friendship for Reames between him and banjo player, Barton Davies. Before long, the two youngsters enthusiastically bounced songs off each other and discovered some of their favorite bands together like The Steel Drivers, John Hartford, and The Infamous Stringdusters. In no time at all, they were writing and performing songs of their own, and at the age of 16, they formed 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 his face and yelled “play that thing, Banjo Boy! Faster now, ya hear? C’mon, Banjo!”