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“After the release of his first solo record, "Thicker Than Water", Rivers hit the road as a one-man show, sometimes playing up to 4 instruments at once. His departure from his band roots (Pine Mountain Casket) was well-received and he soon fell in love with his new, stripped down set.”
“With a touch of the new Americana, Nico's music is fueled with volatile emotions. Elements of indie, rock and blues decorate his canvas, but he still wanders the woods like a journeyman trying to hitch a ride home.”
“Still, with To the Bone, Rivers has come up with his own take on the folk-Americana which has increased in popularity and prevalence in recent years. What makes him different is that his music is organic, grown from within, and not so much a contrived set-piece...This has advantages. Rivers sings from the heart.”
“Simply, this is a collection of seven, strong songs that speak to the listener even in their simplistic, stripped down form. The arrangement of the album is also to be commended with three new offerings and the addition of bonus tracks makes this one a veritable gift for fans.”
“There are very few artists who can make whistling a successful part of their musical repertoire. David Gedge did it on the finest of all Wedding Present tracks, "Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft", but very few others are there whom I can recall. Los Angeles based Massachussetts native, Nico Rivers, manages a few whistles on "Birds", and then again on "Oildrips" off his solo EP, To the Bone.”
“Your Heart… makes strong use of the open spaces that exist. Rivers is able to make an alluring effort that will stick with listeners long after the track ceases.”
“Acoustic strums lead the way on “Birds in Trees” which is all melody, lyrics and slight percussion. The track toes the line of Alt/Indie and folk leanings with a slight urgent strain in Rivers’ vocal delivery. The anecdotal lyrical matter highlights his prowess as a songwriter.”
"Molotovs & Medicine is a perfect way to sum up Nico River's music. It will ignite your soulful passion and heal your musical sickness. His music has an instinct, a passion, and a flair that can't be taught. You either have it or you don't. Nico has it."
“It is this ability to go back to the drawing board over and over and over again that most characterizes the progression of Nico’s music. He was not born with the ability to sing and dance and play guitar and harmonica and tambourine simultaneously, he learned all of it, inch by inch.”
“He was sweaty and imperfect, juggling all of his instruments along with his intense vocals and showmanship. The bar was crowded in spite of an early time slot, a testament to the tireless effort he puts into promoting his shows. And, as usual, he fucking rocked.”
“Artist of the Month - November 2012”