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The Rivergods summer 2014 L-R:
Craig Johnson (bass)
Dana Takaki (violin)
Chris DeBiasi (drums)
Nancy Parent (vocals, acoustic guitar, pedal steel)
Ben Parent (vocals, electric guitar, harmonica)
Bil Groth (keyboards, backing vocals)
Photo by BelleMerci Photography
The Rivergods are an original, working band based in southeastern CT that has played its own heartfelt harmony-rich folky/rootsy/rockish music (and sometimes others) since 1997. The Rivergods are fronted by husband/wife songwriters, Ben and Nancy Parent, and the band includes some of the finest, nicest players in the region, and has had some pretty great ones in the past. The Rivergods make real music, our music… how and when we like and as often as we can. We’re fairly rooted in southern New England, with well-rounded lives (read: we have families!), but we definitely get out for the occasional road trip.
In January 2014, the Rivergods released a new 4-song EP called Never Grow Old. We’re pretty excited about it… it’s already getting great reviews: “Blood on the Tracks-era Bob Dylan and Harvest Moon-era Neil Young in a poppy, less guitar centric, package … 60’s folk rock and pop influence mixed with a more modern tonality … It’s channeling your forefathers through the lens of your own life and experience.” (Wailingcity.com) YOWZA! Check it out for yourself here.
We have several other CDs out, too… here’s our complete discography. Our last full-length, Signs, was released in April 2011. The New Haven Advocate called Signs “a perfect example of (the Rivergods’) eclecticism: country, gospel, pop and funky backbeats mix seamlessly.” In May of that year, the Rivergods were named ‘Artist of the Month’ by the popular roots/folk website FolkAlley.com. Also in 2011, the Rivergods won a New London Whalie award for ‘Best Americana’ band (that popularity thing). In 2013, we won another Whalie for ‘Best blues/country rock performance’ (!) for our song “When Times Were Good,” which is neither blues nor country rock, but we are appreciative of the recognition. Our previous full-length CD Time Has Come was hailed as “simply excellent” by Soundcheck Magazine and produced an award-winning single, “Buddha on the Road,” which won the Independent Artist Community’s Best Americana song award in 2007.
The Rivergods have played countless shows and festivals over the years, including playing to 15,000+ people at Summer Pops in Westerly, RI for several years running, Sailfest and Opsail in New London, CT, the Meriden Daffodil Festival, the Block Island Music Festival, the NEMO New Music Showcase in Boston, NXNE in Toronto, CA and more. We enjoy big gigs and small rooms (we do an intimate yearly holiday show at a coffeehouse in New London, CT, that is one of our most popular gigs). We were once profiled by No Depression (the quote “bible of alternative country”) as an up-and-coming ‘band to watch’ (Ooooh….), Connecticut Magazine has written about us, many other newspapers and arts weeklies have, too.
So we’re glad you found us and we hope you enjoy the music! We record well, but we are even more spirited live… the live show is where the magic happens. Tune in and enjoy.