Come see the latest exhibit at the Union Station. Riverrock is featured at the entrance to the exhibit as part of the Kansas City Section which also includes the original mirror ball from the Cowtown Ballroom. This is the world premier of The Science of Rock & Roll. It will blow your mind!
Hey Dan: sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I wanted to listen to your CDs before I wrote you back and it’s taken me this long to find a block of time to listen properly. In that regard I want to say how enjoyable it was for me to listen to your music. The new CD was more accessible for me though I do appreciate your long history as a working band. The tracks that really stood out for me were “Shuddup and Party” a song that will no doubt become the new crowd pleaser for you all. I also love your take on “House of the Rising Sun.” I loved the feel of this track and the guitar is awesome. Also like “We’re Still Here” and perhaps my favorite on the CD “Your Love is an Oasis” which sounds like a country hit to me. I really like the way the song moves and the changes. Vocs were good all around too. Anyway, just wanted to thank you for making my day a bit brighter. I hope you and yours have a lovely holiday season. Cheers----John
Riverrock Shuddup & Party
River rock is the best way to describe the band with the same name. Riverrock’s Shuddup & Party is music the whole gang can enjoy while they take in the sun as the water flows and the poles are in for the fun to begin. The very Foxworthy title track, “Shuddup & Party” is an entertaining slice of Country and Rock that makes it the perfect tone setter for what comes after. From the river to the backyard, “We’re Still Here” creates instant images of 4th of July BBQs, it’s what memories are spawned from. Then Riverrock throws something different out there to bait listeners. “Celie’s Reel” is a non-stop instrumental that goes back to the basics and has a Bluegrass twang to it. And what’s that saying, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it? Well the new one should be, if it ain’t broke…just make it a bit better. Their cover of the good times, sing along, “Dock of the Bay” does the original justice and even Otis would be signing along to their rendition. Those who enjoy getting down to the stylings of artists like Wet Willie will want to check out Riverrock’s Shuddup & Party.
Reviewed by Kendra Beltran of Bryan Farrish Radio Promotion
Interview with Riverrock (Dan Smith) http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/09/interview-with-riverrock-dan-smith.html
Special thanks to Christian Lamitschka and Country Music News International for this wonderful post. Also, thanks to Frank Fara and Comstock Records for the hookup!
"The Advertiser" (UK) 16 September 2011 By Pete Smith
The unique sound of Kansas City’s Riverrock is built on the four members diverse tastes in music and their musical virtuosity. The Mumma brothers, John and Paul, between them play guitars, fiddle, banjo, pedal steel and bass whilst Dan Smith handles drums and washboard and Allen Blasco adds additional guitars, harmonica and bass and all four sing. To describe their brand of country is difficult for there are no comparisons but if you imagined a big pot filled with equal measures of stone country, bluegrass, folk and rockabilly stirred vigorously and simmered gently for a number of years you might just begin to imagine this wonderful sound. “Shuddup And Party” (Kaw Point/Comstock) is a great introduction to this most talented outfit with 8 original songs plus four covers as you have never heard them before. “House Of The Rising Sun” has a singalong arrangement much as one would expect from the Kingston Trio, “Ghost Riders In The Sky” is offered as an instrumental whilst Lennon and McCartney’s “I’ve Just Seen A Face” is given the bluegrass treatment. Otis Redding’s “Dock Of The Bay” proves that in the right hands almost any song can be country. The band’s humour shines through on “The Cholesterol Song”. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s John McEuen contributes banjo on “Your Love Is An Oasis” and “North Dakota Waltz”. www.riverrockkc.com