Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar. In 1995, Watson conceptualized
Americana to pursue the dream of combining music and philanthropy.
Relinquishing a 29-year career in internal medicine, psychopharmacological
research and clinical psychiatry to found the Walden Green Music
& Video record label, build a 32 track recording studio (which
one national recognition in Mix Magazine) and devote his energies
full-time to composing, recording and performing music, Reid then
assembled a diverse ensemble of Boston's best professional musicians
under the name Americana, which has delighted audiences of all age
groups with inventive interpretations of America's favorite popular
and folk songs and swinging original compositions.
Watson is President
of the Broughton Charitable Foundation, which assists nonprofit
organizations sponsoring fundraising events. He is a Trustee of
the Berklee College of Music. As an overseer of the New England
Conservatory he is working to establish music as the basic core
of the curriculum in elementary school education.
Banjo, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals; Music
Director. Emmy Award-winning composer Stephen Webber has numerous
credits as a recording artist and producer. He has toured internationally
with his own bands Midnight Flyer, The Stephen Webber Swing Band
and The Cumberland Consort. He was musical director for Harry Chapin's
play, Cotton Patch Gospel. Owner of a Nashville recording studio
and author of numerous articles of numerous articles on music production,
he holds a masters degree in classical guitar and is an Associate
Professor at the Berklee College of Music.
Electric Bass, Vocals. Larry has long been one of Boston's
favorite singer-songwriters and is a fixture at the popular Somerville
night club Johnny D's. He wrote, produced, and recorded the 1984
Boston Country Music Awards Album of the Year for Richie Robins
and the Bayou Boys. He has toured throughout the US as a solo artist
and with John Lincoln Wright's Sour Mash Boys, Boston's preeminent
country music band. A versatile musician, Larry also plays and sings
in the Celtic band Inchicore.
Lead Guitar, Vocals. John is the writer, arranger producer
and vocalist of several thousand national, regional, and local radio
and television commercial jingles, including McDonalds and 7-11.
Signed to three major record labels, John has made numerous recordings
for Kaptain Kangaroo, sesame street, the Archie Cartoon Show and
Richie Rich. He founded Berklee College of Music's songwriting department.
His trio, "J.D., Billy and Ken" has played nationally
for over 20 years.
Drums, Percussion. Mark has been playing professionally for
21 years. He studied privately with Tommy Igoe and Joe Morello and
graduated from the Berklee College of Music. He is active in the
Boston area playing everything from original rock to traditional
big-band, and owns Mountain Ash Sound, a 24 track recording studio.
He has worked and recorded with numerous bands from Maine to Florida,
including an appearance with Phil Woods at the Delaware Water Gap
Festival of the Arts. Mark has taught and arranged for several "Top
Twelve" D. C. I. drum and bugle corps and now teaches drum set,
vibraphone and timpani for the Foxboro and Belmont school systems.
He is currently writing a book on the George B. Stone Drum Company.
Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals. Voted best fiddler and
best mandolin player in numerous Boston Country Music Awards, Matt
has played with stars such as John Anderson, Peter Wolf of the J.
Geils Band, and Marty Haggard. He received a Gold Album Award for
his session work at Atlantic Records and has toured extensively
in the US, Europe, and Southeast Asia.
Trumpet, Saxophone, Flugelhorn, Flute, Vocals. Mark toured
for three years as a featured soloist with the US Army Show Band
in Central and South America. He has played on many radio and TV
commercials, and was featured on "Jazz at Noon," an album
comprised of Boston's all-star jazz musicians. He performed for
Nelson Mandela at the Hatch Shell and gave a private concert for
President Jimmy Carter. He currently leads the Mark Greel Band.
Keyboards, Harmonica, Vocals. Larry has performed and recorded
with Tom Rush, John Hammond and Jonathon Edwards. He won an Emmy
for his TV and film work, which includes soundtracks from "Earth
to the Moon" b Tom Hanks plus several "Walt Disney presents"
movies. For 25 years he has run Straight Up Music, a recording and
production house for jingles, film scores, industrials. He leads
"The Band That Time Forgot," a veritable institution of
Boston's music scene.
In the past 25 years, Seth has performed with such stars as Linda
Ronstadt, Dicky Betts, John Hartford and Charlie Daniels, The Coasters,
The Drifters, The Marvellettes, Little Anthony and The Imperials,
and many well-known Boston blues bands, touring extensively in the
US and Europe. He has recorded with the Dillards, Earl Scruggs,
and Barrence Whitfield and the Savages. He recently received a degree
in electrical engineering.
Clarinet, Saxophone. Scottie is one of Boston's finest horn
players and arrangers. He has played, recorded and toured nationally
and internationally with many illustrious musicians.