Ryan Cavanaugh’s innovative ideas of how and what is played on the 5-string banjo are occupied by few musicians alike. Hailing originally from North Carolina, Cavanaugh’s first appearances as a child featured his hard-driving styles on WPAQ radio and with Doc Watson, Doug Dillard, and John McEuen. Cavanaugh is a champion of premier traditional banjo contests RockyGrass, MerleFest, FiddleFest and Renofest
Under the wings of jazz sax man Bill Evans, Cavanaugh developed a technical approach and songwriting craft entirely his own, while not compromising his instrument to play new genres.
Recommended by jazz guitarist John McLaughlin and Béla Fleck, Cavanaugh has spent the past nine years touring nationally and internationally in the acclaimed saxophonist Bill Evans’s Soulgrass band. Cavanaugh records and shares stages with the likes of Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, John Popper, Victor Wooten, Dennis Chambers, Warren Haynes, and Robben Ford.
“The Infinity looper is a multifunctional powerhouse. Prepare to have your imagination run wild.”