The Courtney Janes

///Americana Graffiti

our full band

We have some awesome players that we are lucky to make music with, we call them Americana Graffiti.  When you see "The Courtney Janes and Americana Graffiti", that means we will be playing with our full band.   

 

Americana Graffiti formed after The Courtney Janes, a well respected bluegrass and folk duo (and nominees for the Bay Area Bohemian Best Band 2011 Award) recorded “Long Season,” an album featuring a full band with electric and acoustic elements of rock, country, old-time, and jazz.  This new sound needed a new home, and so Americana Graffiti was born.

 

Members

 

Ben Hulan's voice is filled with heart and soul, while his warm performance style, sharp humor, effortless mandolin and guitar playing draw you in. Hailing from Virginia, Ben’s writing and playing grow out of his deep roots in that place. He is a songwriter’s songwriter, having received awards in The Great American Song Contest, The Unisong International Song Contest and many others. His most notable band work is with The Courtney Janes, but he has been dreaming of a band with a girl drummer since 1987 when Mary Stuart Masterson stole his heart.

 

Dennis Haneda is the prime motivator that sparks and drives the band.  A gifted and well-regarded guitarist, Dennis’s fine-tuned ear and attention to detail elevate this music so it soars!  Whether crafting songs or inviting us in with his pure and personal voice, Dennis rivets attention. His most well-known work has been with The Courtney Janes, he is also lead guitarist for Bobby Jo Valentine’s band, Gentry Bronson, and most recently, Fat Opie.  Now, with Telecaster in hand, Dennis brings his electric chops and rock feel to the sound that is Americana Graffiti.

 

David Fairchild's edgy vocals blend right in while he keeps the bass lines fat and never dull.  Originating from Austin, Texas, David has had long stints in many bands, including with famed Alejandro Escovedo, and for the best of reasons. David’s musical sense on bass and his versatility as a musician allow him to connect with players and audiences alike.  A lover of gin and tonics and a gifted harmony singer, when Dave takes the lead vocal, get ready to rock!

 

On the drum throne is Ruthie Elsom, providing the beat and energy with her unexpected raw power. Queen Ruthie is more than the pulse of Americana Graffiti, she is a major driving force in the band’s direction.  Ruthie began playing at age 14, studied under the talents of Alex Aspinall, and cut her teeth sitting in regularly with local players at jams, earning a spot in Bobby Jo Valentine’s band.  Ruthie now applies her essence and skill to Americana Graffiti like no other!