Ryan Cavanaugh Releases Solo Improvisational Project

by Dec 10, 2019

Ryan Cavanaugh has released a solo improvisational project: The REALIST.

The digital release is available for purchase at this time.
Available for download at:
https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-realist/1488755239 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081VZB794/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_0vR6DbSYST34Z

Relying on his considerable musical experience and jazz roots, Ryan Cavanaugh has created an original project that is already receiving acclaim in his field.

John Mclaughlin says:

“I’ve known Ryan Cavanaugh for quite a few years…from the outset I could hear a very talented young musician. The fact that he was already breaking down preconceived notions about how a Banjo should be played, and what music should be played on the Banjo endeared me to him all the more. In this new recording Ryan is again knocking down all preconceived ideas about the Banjo.”


This is a very personal statement from a musician who, because of personal artistic integrity, insists on seeking a new way to play, to communicate to the listener his vision and life in music.

“In addition to an impeccable technique, this is the music of a real “Free Spirit” enjoying his musical universe, and as such is particularly valid in this day of cliché driven music and deserves a hearing from anyone truly interested in the evolution of modern music. Highly recommended.”


“Totally captivating…What technique and rich language. The whole world should hear this.”- Tony Trishka


“I don’t think anyone I’m aware of could do this and it’s really cool and a delightful listen.” – Danny Barnes


Originally from North Carolina, by way of New Jersey, Cavanaugh began performing on stage as a child with traditional greats like Doc Watson, Doug Dillard, and John McEuen. Having honed his present ultra-modern chops under the wings of Jazz sax legend Bill Evans, while touring extensively in Europe, Cavanaugh has meticulously developed a technical approach and songwriting craft entirely his own. His desire to return to the States garnered a year with the Jeff Austin Band, Jenny Lyn Gardner (Della Mae), and Songs From the Road Band, plus all star shows with Jeremy Garrett (Infamous Stringdusters) as well as various bluegrass and jazz studio dates/live appearances.

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