Since coming together just a few years ago, The Ross Livermore Band has been creating buzz in Boston and gaining momentum along the East Coast. From modest beginnings at open mic nights on the North Shore, to packing some of Boston’s most well-known music halls, RLB has a way of connecting with their audiences that makes fans feel as though they’ve known them for years.
After performing as a solo artist on Massachusetts’ North Shore, lead singer and songwriter Ross Livermore got the band together in 2008. Led by Livermore’s heartfelt and revealing songwriting, RLB’s music is carried by one of Boston’s newest and most impressive rhythm sections - Paul Dumas on drums and Neil Taylor on bass. Jonathan Bousquet (otherwise known as “Biscuit” to those who know him best) moves listeners with his staggering saxophone solos, and newest addition Andrew Bayardi lends his talents on guitar.
Taking cues from influences like Stevie Wonder, Incubus and Dave Matthews Band, the Ross Livermore Band blends rock, funk and pop to create a profound and energetic sound that gets their fans dancing and hearts stirring.
The band’s first full length album, due out in the fall of 2011, was recorded this past spring at Chiller Sound in New York, NY, with the help of producers Joseph Anthony Secchiaroli and Danielle Warman. This latest project reunited the band with Secchiaroli, who put out the group’s first EP, “Lost and Found”, in spring 2010.
RLB’s self-titled debut showcases the band’s dynamic musical abilities, while at the same time letting each song’s individuality stand on its own. The album’s tracks alternate between upbeat jams like “Alright with a Bad Side” and “Along for the Ride” and rousing, emotional strains like “Free.”
Livermore says that while writing for this album, he wanted to reveal the band’s talents, while keeping in mind that those shouldn’t get in the way of what listeners grasp in a song – melody and feel.
“We want our fans to feel like they are a part of something when they listen to these songs,” says Livermore.
The upcoming release was funded almost entirely by the group’s loyal fan base through a partnership with Pledge Music.
“Working with Pledgemusic on this release has been such a memorable experience. They have perfected a way to connect fans and artists together in such a way that the fans feel as though they are a part of the project. Our fans are now the reason this album came to life,” says Livermore.
Having established a solid following in the Boston area, the Ross Livermore Band has secured residencies at both Toad and the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, and has headlined several performances at Somerville music institution Johnny D’s. The band has also played to sold-out crowds at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall and The Bitter End, garnered radio attention on Radio YouBoston’s 92.9 and MYV Martha’s Vineyard, and performed at Brandeis University, University of New Hampshire and Westfield State and Salem State Colleges.
RLB spent summer 2010 touring venues up and down the East Coast promoting
”Lost and Found.” The band plans on doubling last summer’s touring efforts this coming fall in support of their latest release
So don’t be a stranger – check back often to see when RLB is going to be playing at a place near you.