Cynthia Sayer, regarded as one of the top 4-string banjoists in the world today, is proud to release her first album in 5 years: JOYRIDE. A member of Woody Allen's jazz band for over 10 years, Cynthia's solo career has taken her well beyond these New Orleans roots to become an internationally acclaimed artist. Fretboard Journal, who featured a pre-release track from JOYRIDE on their website, describes Sayer as "pushing the four-string banjo into new, uncharted territory."
JOYRIDE features Charlie Giordano of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band on accordion as well as Mauro Battisti on bass, Larry Eagle (who performed with Springsteen's "Seeger Sessions Band") on percussion and additional musicians contributing violin, guitar, tuba, trumpet, clarinet and more. The thirteen tracks on Joyride were produced and arranged by Sayer and include two originals as well as early jazz and country classics plus favorites from the Great American Songbook.
Inspiration for Joyride came from Sayer's unlikely 2011 introduction to Giordano at Brooklyn's Jalopy Theatre. "Larry Eagle introduced me to this fantastic accordion player, but I had no idea of his background at first," remembers Sayer. "When he sat in with my band I immediately knew I wanted to record an album with him. The banjo-accordion sound is incredibly cool, and our styles struck me as a perfect fit."
The album opener, Sayer's "Banjo Blues," is a cheeky rebuke to banjo stereotypes and sets the tone for the set, showcasing Sayer's singular & striking arrangements. Song selections cover a wide range of styles,
genres and musical eras, highlighting the unexpected versatility of the 4-string banjo.