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Rio & The Ramblers / Bio

Rio and The Ramblers is a five piece blues and classic rock influenced band from the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. Rio and The Ramblers have a unique sound that blends standard blues and soul with contemporary rock and roll. Rambling together since December 2012, they have placed as finalists in The Madison Theater Band Challenge, competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN and are currently writing their first EP due to be released in August 2014.

Many of The Ramblers found each other through the Cincinnati Blues Society. Ryan Snyder (Lead Guitarist/Vocals) and Rio Van Risseghem (Lead Vocalist) met while playing in Cincinnati Blues Society’s Blues In The Schools Band. Wanting to break into the Cincinnati Blues scene as adult musicians, Ryan Snyder recruited high school friend Eric Torres (Bass/Vocals). Needing a rhythm guitarist, Eric Torres invited long time friend and band mate Joe Schutzman (Former Rhythm Guitarist). The last piece of the puzzle was Alex Miller (Former Drums) who approached Ryan Snyder after seeing the Blues In The Schools Band at Cincinnati Blues Society’s Summer Blues Festival.

In December of 2012 a new high energy, hard rocking blues band came alive, Rio & The Ramblers. The band was formed by Lead Guitarist Ryan Snyder, Bassist Eric Torres, and former Drummer Alex Miller. Before Rio & The Ramblers, the three were in a high school band called AbsoluteValue. Struggling for a month to find a lead singer, Ryan called long time friend and band mate Rio Van Risseghem to fill the spot of Lead Singer. Along with Rio, bassist Eric Torres called up his other band mate from Exit 186, Joe Schutzman to fill in for Rhythm Guitar. The five then became Rio & The Ramblers. In early of 2014, the band brought up Ben Maile to fill in for Drums.

Rio and The Ramblers has accomplished a great deal since their first rehearsal in December 2012. They have performed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, become Finalists in The Madison Theater Band Challenge out of 96 bands, and are quickly building a fan base of both older and younger generations. Rio and The Ramblers continue to play at local venues around the Tristate such as the Southgate House Revival, the Thompson House, Madison Theater, and many other local bars.

General Info

Band Members
Rio Van, Ryan Snyder, Joe Schutzman, Eric Torres, Ben Maile
Artist Name
Rio & The Ramblers
Home Page
Active Since
Rock / Blues / Classic Rock

Contact Info

Cincinnati, OH
Bill Kenton

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