Perhaps one of the only groups blending world rhythms and Global Folk with Americana, Folk Traditions, New Orleans Influences, alt grass, music of the 1920s and bluegrass. Nick Russo plays guitar, banjo, and resonator and was a sideman with Jimmy McGriff, Teddy Charles and Sonny Dallas, and has even had the honor to jam with Sir Paul McCartney. Betina Hershey appears as the principle dancer in Disney’s Enchanted and Mona Lisa Smile with Julia Roberts. Hershey performed on international and national tours of Broadway shows such as “West Side Story,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Fantasticks,” and “Pump Boys & Dinettes,” just to name a few. Besides dancing, she sings, composes music, and plays guitar.
“It underscores, too, how sounds from another time can be renewed and re-imagined, by creative minds and right hands, in the present moment. Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches are ridiculously fun.” – Rambles