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The Acoustic River Rats / Bio

The Acoustic River Rats play eclectic acoustic music of many different genres.

Elana Lisa on Lead Vocal and Rhythm Guitar
Rod Hyner on Percussion and Vocals.
John Dacey on Upright Bass and Vocals.
Cy Taggart on Lead Guitar and Vocals.

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Description: A female fronted, eclectic, acoustic rock band playing both originials and covers.
Rod and Elana, from the rock band Weeping Molly and formally of SteppinStone have been playing music in Richmond and the surrounding area for over 20 years. John Dacey of Cashmere Jungle Lords joined them on acoustic upright bass to form The Acoustic River Rats. To fill out the line-up, Cy Taggart joined the band as lead guitarist in 2012 adding a jazzy, swing edge to their sound.

The incredible voice of lead singer, Elana Lisa is a mix between Amy Winehouse, Etta James, Ann Wilson, Janis Joplin, Adele and a taste of Blossom Dearie while maintaining her own style and interpretation of compositions. With each song, her voice tells a different story coming from a different narrative so you are not hearing the same voice throughout the show. She is pro at creating those different characters which brings the songs to a different level and separates The Acoustic River Rats from most bands!
Rod, John and Cy are all diverse musicians, playing in many different bands in many different genres for many years. They switch from playing swing to rock to country in one set of music, never missing a beat. All three sing which gives The Acoustic River Rats a unique 4 part harmony in many of their songs.
The Acoustic River Rats are highly talented, fun and very entertaining.

General Info

Band Members
Elana Lisa - Lead Vocal / Rhythm Guitar, Rod Hyner - Percussion / Vocals, John Dacey - Upright Bass / Vocals, Cy Taggart - Lead Guitarist / Vocals
Artist Name
The Acoustic River Rats
Home Page
Active Since
Rock / Acoustic Rock

Contact Info

Richmond, VA

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