The TSN11 Story
The Social No.11 delivers its own brand of New England Americana with a country twang and a bluesy heart. They're known for haunting lyrics, sweet harmonies, and showing up with a boat-load of instruments. Here's what 24-Hour Music producer Tom Bianchi had to say after he heard them play at an open mic at Lizard Lounge in Cambridge and booked them at two legendary Boston-area venues—The Burren in Davis Square, and Toad in Porter Square:
"Like an old timey freight train of fun The Social No.11 is an unstoppable good time. With more than a 1/2 dozen cars in the form of guitars, accordion, mandolin, banjo, percussion and more, Social No.11 barrels down the tracks with their own original material that sounds like songs you've loved forever as well as songs you do know and love."
The band formed around Sunday night jam sessions in Arlington, Massachusetts. As the music got tighter, the harmony sweeter, and original material started finding its way onto set lists, it was time to settle on a name. The original Social No. 11 is a cast-iron wood stove, manufactured by the S.M. Howes Company of Boston in the 19th century. There's one in the backyard shack (can you say shazeebo?) where the band gathers on winter nights after practice. That stove is warm, comforting, reliable, and a thing of beauty, even after all these years.
Early club dates included opening spots for Nowhere Lights at Sally O'Brien's, The Silks at Atwood's Tavern, and The Dirty River Boys upstairs at The Middle East. These days, you can hear TSN11 playing around Cambridge, Somerville, and Concord. And if Mr. Peter at Oughterson House were to bring them back to Barbados, they'd go willingly.
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Todd Bearson on keyboard and ukulele,
Jason Donnelly on mandolin and guitar,
Shady Hartshorne on pedal steel, accordion and vocals,
Moose Harvey on bass and ukulele,
Nat May on drums
Jonathan Shapiro on guitar, lap steel and vocals,
David Whitford on fiddle and mandolin.