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Riverrock / Press

“Riverrock is a very popular band in the Kansas City music scene and are also members of The Kansas Music Hall of Fame..... Their music is a mix of diverse and country music styles, which covers a classic country sound, with rock, country rock and bluegrass influences.... The new CD has 8 original song's and also includes crowd pleaser's such has Ghostrider's in the Sky and I've Just Seen a Face and also the classic House of the Rising Sun. Also, the title song, Shuddup and Party, which is a total crowd party pleaser song....and Kind of Heart… a happy, up tempo instrumental track, Celie’s Reel and the very funny lyrics on the Cholesterol Song, which tells the story of growing up on a farm where bacon and ham would be eaten every day and that results in a very high Cholesterol count.... The CD is absolutely fun to listen to and it comes across that the band plays the music they love which gets across to the listening fan..... ”

“One of the surprise benefits of an underground music scene taking off on a mainstream level is the rediscovery of pioneers that have been somewhat forgotten. These are artists who, for one reason or another, simply were not able find massive success in the active days of their youth. Perhaps a likewise fate will be met by Riverrock. Not only does Riverrock sound like a ’70s country-rock act, they are a ’70s country-rock act. The band formed in 1974 and achieved so much local popularity that they were inducted in the Kansas Music Hall of Fame this year. Despite break-ups and shifting personnel over the past few decades, Riverrock has proudly stuck to its roots, a timeless mélange of jangling vintage country, stomping bluegrass, folksy harmonies, and classic rock, all of which can be heard on their infectiously melodic new album, Shuddup & Party. ”

“Lamitschka: Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you? Dan Smith: The short answer is; Americana meets British Invasion. If you take bluegrass, country, country rock, Southern rock, classic rock and old time rock & roll and add a little r&b, blues, soul and Western swing and then add in a large chunk of 60’s pop music from England, Ireland and Scotland, then throw in a silly sense of humor, you’re looking at Riverrock. We started playing together in 1974. The members were John Mumma, Paul Mumma, Jim Blanton, Steve Hall and me (Dan Smith). Out of the original five members, and after many years of people coming and going, we have three original members and one veteran KC musician making us a quartet. ”

“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.”

Pete Smith - The Advertiser