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10Blade / Bio

Since 2008, the band 10BLADE has been making a lot of noise in the local and national music scenes. This fierce, in-your-face, energetic band from Forest Hill, Maryland is prepared to bring its hard-hitting style to the forefront and shake the very foundations of the modern rock community.

Comprised with five musicians from all music genres, April Joynes anchors the backbone of the rhythm section, driving the steady rock tempo alongside A.J. "Big Red" Albright's explosive low-end bass beats and "ginger" stylized awesomeness. Partners in crime since the middle school days, Doug Carpenter and Lloyd Woolridge round out the strings, battling back and forth with the powerful riffs 10Blade has become known for. Frontman Rio Hiett has transformed and redefined his sultry R&B roots into a rock driven vocal ensemble, tying 10Blade together to form their own authentic identity.

In 2011, 10Blade signed with a national label, Tate Music Group, and released their debut album Torn Between in 2012, featuring “a powerful compilation of songs” including fan favorites such as “Dreamstealer,” “Together,” and “Take This.” Since 98 Rock’s selection of the group as Baltimore’s Band of the Month for April 2012, 10Blade has had the opportunity to share the stage with Charm City Devils, Taproot, Hawthorne Heights, Lizzy Borden, Self Centered, Silvertung, Loving the Lie, Versus the Earth, Psychostick, Madrone, Ghosts of War, Ionia, and many others. They also have a good rapport with Baltimore Sound Management, Starleigh Entertainment, Shockwave Magazine, WHFS and 98 Rock.

10Blade constantly thrives to provide an intimate and unique rock experience for family, friends, and fans by encouraging crowd participation bound to leave a lasting impression at every show by giving 110% into every performance. From military send-offs for the troops heading overseas, to charity events, local bar venues, and national stages, 10Blade brings high energy, heart pounding alternative modern rock music to every place they have the chance to play.


Thank you----Rio, Apes, Doug, Lloyd, and A.J.

Special thanks to our Rob Slonecker, from East Coast Entertainment for showing the love, interest, and dedication to BREECH. We appreciate your services as we continue on as 10Blade

We would like to thank the following people, for helping 10Blade in the hull that we have persued and for all the love.
Thank you for helping our journey continue in one way or another: Hector Irizzary, Ray Stevenson, Tim Gove, Nate Smythe of Backside Jones, Brian & Andy from the Drunk Monkey!, Brian from Baltimore Sound Management, Eric Seidl, Joe Staley, Gary Thorn, Laura Slonecker,Vince from Shockwave Magazene, Jeff from Silverfox Percussion

Did we forget anyone? We hope not!

We always wanna make sure that we especially thank our families for the sacrifice and support that provides the backbone for 10Blade:

WITHOUT YOU, WE ARE NOT POSSIBLE!!!! and we love you very much!

Last, but not least, a “special” thanks goes out to our friends and our loyal fans: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING!!!!! Lets get ready for a new journey!




Rio Hiett: 443-789-9666

General Info

Band Members
April, Doug, A.J., Lloyd, Rio
Artist Name
Home Page
Rock / alternative rock / Modern Rock

Contact Info

Forest Hill, MD
Melissa Booker

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