Next Stage presents Session Americana, plus Sam Robbins, on April 20

PUTNEY-Next Stage Arts and Twilight Music present roots and folk/rock quintet Session Americana with Eleanor Buckland, plus singer-songwriter Sam Robbins at Next Stage on Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 pm.

Session Americana has been described as "a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle." According to the news release, "The Boston-based band/collective of musician's musicians craft a musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around as the quintet trades off lead vocals and shares songwriting credits in this freewheeling modern hootenanny."

Eleanor Buckland has been one-third of the Boston-based folk/rock trio Lula Wiles since 2014.

Late one Sunday night in October 2003, Session Americana had its first jam around a table in the back of the club Toad in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "Since then, the group has had a natural, almost inevitable evolution from a loose bunch of friends sitting around swapping songs in a bar, to a hot-ticket weekly residency, to a touring collective."

The band has made nine records, played clubs and festivals across the U.S. and Europe, and developed bonds with a wide community of musicians. Since last October, Session Americana has celebrated that two-decade journey with anniversary shows in venues around the Northeast, with a 20-year retrospective album of some of the band's most popular songs in hand.

Robbins has been described as an "old soul singer-songwriter," and the Nashville-based guitarist's music has been compared to 1970s musicians such as James Taylor and Neil Young. Since moving to Nashville in 2019 following his graduation from Berklee College of Music, he has toured extensively, appeared on NBC's "The Voice," and won the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk and Eddie's Attic Songwriter's competitions.

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for access to the livestream. Advance tickets are available at For information, call 802-387-0102.

This Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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