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The River Has Many Voices / Bio

The River Has Many Voices lives and writes in Dripping Springs just outside of Austin, TX at a ranch house set in the middle of the Texas hill country.

The debut EP, Barton Creek, is a collection of songs integrating harmony and acoustic melody from genres of Folk, Country, Pop, and Americana. The lyrics hold the most importance and involve various topics, including death, love, and living with both of those powerful forces.

Currently, The River Has Many Voices has released a new single entitled, "New World." In addition, he is putting the finishing touches on his next full length album. It will include the addition of percussion, violin, and cello, and release is set for late July.

Born under the blue skies of North Carolina just a stones throw from blue ridge mountain mists, The River Has Many Voices is an Southern Appalachian musician by birth. Although relatively unheard of by most of the public, he plays for small groups of admiring fans. In 1989, he moved with his three brothers and two sisters to Austin Texas, home to the most diverse and exhilarating music scene of the south.

A small group of Bhakti Yogis remarked after listening to TRHMV that he is the proof that past lives exist. For no person not of spiritual sensitivity can pick up a foreign instrument and play it as if it was a natural extention of his heart and soul.

TRHMV learned the fiddle in two minutes, the piano in a day, and it seems like he knew how to play the guitar upon being born. He will grace any one who might be listening with his deft two-finger-picking banjo style and haunting slides of the harmonica.

His reportoire includes reworked covers and original instrumentals and songs. His covers range from british ballads, early American spirituals, vaudeville, protest songs, and music from the folk revival of the 50s and 60s.

The original songs regularly blow me away with their poetic lyrics and sweetly playful guitar picks. Although of no training, TRHMV uses the basic three-finger picking technique of Bill Monroe and Etta baker.

General Info

Band Members
Matthew Payne
Artist Name
The River Has Many Voices
Home Page
Folk / Indie

Contact Info

Austin, TX

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