In September 1997 Bruce organized a “Siesta” themed bash at his Colts Neck, NJ farm. He needed a band to play at the party and invited New York City-based outfit The Gotham Playboys. Bruce had heard about the band from Soozie Tyrell, who sometimes sat in with them at live gigs. In October 1997 Springsteen was asked to contribute a recording for an upcoming Pete Seeger tribute album. Bruce felt some of the musicians in The Gotham Playboys might be right for this project. He re-contacted them, fleshed out the session with additional musician friends and acquaintances, and a recording session was held at Bruce’s NJ home studio on November 2, 1997. There were six songs recorded at this session. “We Shall Overcome” was the track selected for donation and it was eventually released on the March 1998 tribute album. ‘The Gotham Playboys’ were later invited to perform at a couple of other parties at the farm, including Bruce’s 1998 and 2000 birthday bashes.

From that original November 1997 Seeger session we must fast-forward seven years in the timeline to late 2004, soon after the conclusion of Springsteen’s ‘Vote For Change’ mini tour. Springsteen was liaising with manager Jon Landau regarding material for a potential future Tracks #2 boxed set. Some of the leftover material from the November 1997 Seeger Session was being evaluated and out of those discussions came the idea of releasing this session material as a stand-alone album project. However there were not enough songs recorded in November 1997 to fill an album. Consequently the original 1997 musicians were re-contacted and an additional session took place on March 19, 2005, just prior to Springsteen embarking on his solo tour to promote his about-to-be-released Devils And Dust album. There were nine songs recorded at this March 19, 2005 Seeger session.

Springsteen undertook a third and final Seeger Sessions Band studio session on January 21, 2006. There were eight songs recorded at this session. We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions was released in April 2006. He then toured with the Seeger Sessions Band throughout 2006. Following the conclusion of the tour the band was known as The Sessions Band.

The Seeger Sessions studio band:
Frank Bruno (guitar)
Jeremy Chatzky (bass)
Larry Eagle (drums)
Charles Giordano (accordion, keyboards)
Sam Bardfeld (violin)
Soozie Tyrell (violin)
Mark Clifford (banjo)
Ed Manion (sax)
Richie Rosenberg (trombone)
Patti Scialfa (vocals)
Mark Pender (trumpet) – not present for the first Seeger Session
Lisa Lowell (vocals) – not present for the first and second Seeger Sessions

The Seeger Sessions touring band:
All of the above-noted musicians performed live on the 2006 Seeger Session tour. However the tour was organized rather quickly and some of the Studio Band members had prior commitments that prevented them for performing at all shows on the tour. Mark Clifford performed during some of the early tour rehearsals and at one show on the first USA leg - his replacement was Greg Liszt. Richie Rosenberg performed on the USA tour leg - his replacement on the European tour legs was Clark Gayton. Mark Pender performed on the USA Tour leg - his replacement on the European Tour legs was Curt Ramm. The following musicians were part of the 2006 Touring Band but were not part of the Seeger Sessions Studio Band that recorded the album in November 1997, March 2005 and January 2006:
Art Baron (tuba)
Greg Liszt (banjo)
Clark Gayton (trombone)
Curt Ramm (trumpet)
Marty Rifkin (pedal steel guitar)
Marc Anthony Thompson (vocals)
Curtis King Jr. (vocals)
Cindy Mizelle (vocals)

See also: The Gotham Playboys

All performances by The Sessions Band:
  1. 2006-03-09 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
  2. 2006-03-13 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
  3. 2006-03-16 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
  4. 2006-03-20 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
  5. 2006-03-21 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
  6. 2006-04-04 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
  7. 2006-04-05 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
  8. 2006-04-06 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
  9. 2006-04-07 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
  10. 2006-04-12 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
  11. 2006-04-13 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
  12. 2006-04-20 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Rehearsal Show)
  13. 2006-04-24 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Rehearsal Show)
  14. 2006-04-25 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Good Morning America)
  15. 2006-04-25 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Rehearsal Show)
  16. 2006-04-26 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Rehearsal Show)
  17. 2006-04-30 - NEW ORLEANS FAIRGROUNDS, NEW ORLEANS, LA (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival)
  18. 2006-05-05 - POINT THEATRE, DUBLIN, IRELAND
  19. 2006-05-07 - MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS ARENA, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND
  20. 2006-05-08 - HAMMERSMITH APOLLO, LONDON, ENGLAND
  21. 2006-05-09 - LSO ST LUKE'S, LONDON, ENGLAND (BBC)
  22. 2006-05-10 - PALAIS OMNISPORTS DE PARIS-BERCY, PARIS, FRANCE
  23. 2006-05-12 - DATCH FORUM, MILAN, ITALY
  24. 2006-05-14 - PAVELLÓ OLÍMPIC DE BADALONA, BARCELONA, SPAIN
  25. 2006-05-16 - HEINEKEN MUSIC HALL, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
  26. 2006-05-17 - FESTHALLE, FRANKFURT, GERMANY
  27. 2006-05-20 - OSLO SPEKTRUM, OSLO, NORWAY
  28. 2006-05-21 - HOVET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
  29. 2006-05-27 - TWEETER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, MANSFIELD, MA
  30. 2006-05-28 - NISSAN PAVILION, BRISTOW, VA
  31. 2006-05-30 - GERMAIN AMPHITHEATER, COLUMBUS, OH
  32. 2006-05-31 - VERIZON WIRELESS MUSIC CENTER, NOBLESVILLE, IN
  33. 2006-06-03 - GLENDALE ARENA, GLENDALE, AZ
  34. 2006-06-05 - GREEK THEATRE, LOS ANGELES, CA
  35. 2006-06-05 - STUDIO 3, NBC STUDIOS, BURBANK, CA (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)
  36. 2006-06-06 - SLEEP TRAIN PAVILION, CONCORD, CA
  37. 2006-06-10 - WELLS FARGO ARENA, DES MOINES, IA
  38. 2006-06-11 - XCEL ENERGY CENTER, ST. PAUL, MN
  39. 2006-06-13 - FIRST MIDWEST BANK AMPHITHEATER, TINLEY PARK, IL
  40. 2006-06-14 - BRADLEY CENTER, MILWAUKEE, WI
  41. 2006-06-16 - BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER, CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH
  42. 2006-06-17 - DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE, CLARKSTON, MI
  43. 2006-06-19 - SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
  44. 2006-06-20 - TWEETER CENTER AT THE WATERFRONT, CAMDEN, NJ
  45. 2006-06-22 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
  46. 2006-06-23 - STUDIO 6A, GE BUILDING, ROCKEFELLER CENTER, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Late Night with Conan O'Brien)
  47. 2006-06-24 - PNC BANK ARTS CENTER, HOLMDEL, NJ
  48. 2006-06-25 - PNC BANK ARTS CENTER, HOLMDEL, NJ
  49. 2006-09-18 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
  50. 2006-09-19 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
  51. 2006-09-20 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
  52. 2006-10-01 - PALAMALAGUTI, BOLOGNA, ITALY
  53. 2006-10-02 - PALAISOZAKI, TORINO, ITALY
  54. 2006-10-04 - VILLA MANIN, UDINE, ITALY
  55. 2006-10-05 - ARENA DI VERONA, VERONA, ITALY
  56. 2006-10-07 - ARENA SANTA GIULIANA, PERUGIA, ITALY
  57. 2006-10-08 - PALAMAGGIÒ, CASERTA, ITALY
  58. 2006-10-10 - PALALOTTOMATICA, ROME, ITALY
  59. 2006-10-12 - COLOR LINE ARENA, HAMBURG, GERMANY
  60. 2006-10-13 - SPORTPALEIS AHOY, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
  61. 2006-10-19 - PLAZA DE TOROS DE LAS VENTAS, MADRID, SPAIN
  62. 2006-10-21 - ESTADIO CIUTAT DE VALÈNCIA, VALENCIA, SPAIN
  63. 2006-10-22 - PLAZA DE TOROS DE GRANADA, GRANADA, SPAIN
  64. 2006-10-24 - PALAU SANT JORDI, BARCELONA, SPAIN
  65. 2006-10-25 - PABELLÓN DEPORTIVO, SANTANDER, SPAIN
  66. 2006-10-28 - PARKEN STADIUM, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
  67. 2006-10-29 - OSLO SPEKTRUM, OSLO, NORWAY
  68. 2006-10-30 - GLOBE ARENA, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
  69. 2006-11-06 - KÖLNARENA, COLOGNE, GERMANY
  70. 2006-11-07 - SPORTPALEIS, ANTWERP, BELGIUM
  71. 2006-11-09 - THE NEC ARENA, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
  72. 2006-11-11 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
  73. 2006-11-12 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
  74. 2006-11-14 - HALLAM FM ARENA, SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND
  75. 2006-11-17 - POINT THEATRE, DUBLIN, IRELAND
  76. 2006-11-18 - POINT THEATRE, DUBLIN, IRELAND
  77. 2006-11-19 - POINT THEATRE, DUBLIN, IRELAND
  78. 2006-11-21 - ODYSSEY ARENA, BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND



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