Yani Batteau calls her music, ‘Americana Soul.’ Her roots run deep encompassing the sounds and lore of Vintage Country, traditional folk and, the unique mystique that is embedded in Appalachian music and culture. When she plays the banjo, her intricate picking extends beyond the traditional claw hammer style. She skillfully launches into improvisational riffs that are at once complex and dynamic. Yani’s band, The Styles, Steve Sidhly on Guitar and Marty White on bass, are seasoned musicians who enrich her unique sound. Doug Holder interviewed Batteau at the bustling Bloc 11 Cafe in Somerville, Mass.
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