Deering Does Nashville with Ryan Cavanaugh

by Lacey Ann

We caught up with Ryan Cavanaugh on a sweltering, summer day in Nashville. Easily one of the best players in the world, he is constantly pushing into new styles - even making his entire last album, The Realist, completely improvised. His unrelenting pursuit to be better, he said, is actually no different than the motivation to level up in a video game.

If you've never heard Ryan play, do yourself a favor and take a listen. He has an innate ability to demonstrate how banjo can fit into just about any musical style. He said it best himself when he said, "I like to freely paint with the banjo because modern nomenclature is so mechanical. I wanted to sweep that away." He mixes a unique playing style, multinational inspirations, and a tricked out pedal board together - seemingly trying to find every tone and sound the banjo is capable of. 

Check out more of Ryan's work here: and watch for his upcoming international collaboration with Debashish Bhattacharya, an Indian classical composer and slide guitar player.



Deering Rustic Wreath banjo ad
New Call-to-action

Search Blog Post


Mar 24.2023

Kruger Brothers open up in Birkenstock Mini Documentary

World-renowned American folk virtuosos and Deering artists the Kruger Brothers recently teamed up with German footwear icon, Birkenstock as part of their...

Jul 21.2022

Welcome Kristin Scott Benson To The Deering Family Of Artists

Deering Banjo Company is truly excited to welcome multi award winning bluegrass banjo icon, Kristin Scott Benson to the Deering family of endorsing artists....

Mar 3.2022

I Shall Not Be Moved - Rhiannon Giddens

We've long been big fans of Rhiannon Giddens' work here at Deering Banjos. Whether it be with her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops or her solo work, she...

Jan 20.2022

The Dead South x Deering | Catching up with Colton Crawford

When The Dead South came to San Diego this past winter to play a show at the House of Blues, we snuck onto their tour bus to hang out and talk banjos with...

sign up for our newsletter


see all