Ryan Cavanaugh has announced that he is leaving his banjo position with the Jeff Austin Band and heading back to his home base in New York City.
Austin had started his group when he left Yonder Mountain String Band in the spring of 2014, starting the group with Danny Barnes on the five. Ryan came aboard when Danny left in August of last year.
Never one to let grass grow too thick under his feet, Cavanaugh says that he’ll be open to whatever comes his way over the next little while.
“After a year on the road and a great sounding EP with the Jeff Austin Band, I have decided to leave the band to peruse other musics. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting acquainted with the artists and fans on the jamband/grass scene and hope to join forces with other artists of the like in the near future. In the meantime, I’m very excited to go back and forth between my home in NY and Nashville for various music endeavors, including work on my own new projects.”
Ryan is a particularly adept banjo technician and an artist of the first order.
You can sample some of his original music online. Here’s one of his compositions called No Capo For Andy.