[Cover photo credit to David McClister, L-R: Willard Logan, Barton Davies, Ford Garrard, Sam McCullough, William Reames]
Nashville-based band Boy Named Banjo has released new track “What Keeps Me Going” via Mercury Records Nashville. The song is “a positive anthem of gratitude” prompted by the global difficulties of the past few years.
Banjo player Barton Davies comments:
‘What Keeps Me Going’ is essentially our answer to the question, ‘What is important to us? We wrote this song as we were coming out of the pandemic and reflecting on how that whole experience had shifted our focus. Like many others during that time, we found the most meaning from the simplest things – being outside, watching the sun go down, going fishing, and spending quality time with our loved ones. That’s what kept us going then and what keeps us going today.
William Reames adds:
The song highlights why we do difficult things – whether that is going to a 9-to-5 every day or covering miles in a tour van, the goal is the same: To enjoy life. We work hard to enjoy life.
“What Keeps Me Going” arrives on the heels of Boy Named Banjo’s Grand Ole Opry debut in March, a momentous milestone for the band.
The band, which has been together in some iteration since its members were in their teens includes Barton Davies (banjo), Ford Garrard (bass/standing bass), Sam McCullough (drums), Willard Logan (mandolin, acoustic/electric guitar) and William Reames (acoustic guitar/harmonica).
In 2020, Boy Named Banjo signed to Mercury Records Nashville and released their debut EP, Circles, the following year. The band spent 2022 on the road playing festivals including Dierks Bentley’s Seven Peaks and Country Jam and Kip Moore’s Fire on Wheels Tour, and made their CMA Fest debut playing at the Ascend Amphitheatre Nighttime Concert as well as a sold-out hometown show at Nashville’s Brooklyn Bowl. Boy Named Banjo is currently prepping their next project to be released later this year.
Boy Named Banjo 2023 Tour Dates:
May 25 – Newport, KY – Megacorp Pavilion *
May 26 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall *
May 27 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – F. M. Kirby Center *
July 7 – Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater %
July 8 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre %
September 15 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon and Beyond
September 23 – Franklin, TN – The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
October 6 – Monterey, CA – Rebels & Renegades Music Festival
* Supporting Larry Fleet
% Supporting Hank Williams Jr. and Old Crow Medicine Show