Back at the Barn Saturday, Oct. 11!

poster101114 Back at the barn! The Rivergods return to Old Orchard Farm Saturday, Oct. 11 for what promises to be an autumn classic. 7:30pm… we’ll be bringing new material and serving up some of our favorites, too! The Old Orchard Farm barn is one of our favorite listening rooms in the region, and we’re sure their fall cider is going to be a-maz-ing! BYOB/Potluck, $10 per person. More info here.

Rivergods win ‘Best Country Rock Act’ 2014 Whalie Award

BenNancyatWhaliesThe Rivergods took home the People’s Choice Award for ‘Best Country Rock Act’ at the 2014 Whalie Awards, held in New London, CT on Saturday, June 7. Thanks so much to everyone who voted for us… we are quite honored! Congrats to all of our fellow nominees, many of whom we are good friends, and play often, with. More info on the Whalie Awards here.

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 3.39.55 PMIn other news, the new line-up debuted to great reviews with a stellar 10-song set earlier this week, kicking off The New London Day’s first outdoor Live Lunch Break summer series! Check it out here. (Due to a recording glitch, there’s some occasional technical talk over the first song and half or so, but after that, it’s smooth sailing!)

Lastly, if you haven’t, check out our summer calendar! We’ve got some great shows lined up… see you soon!

More kudos for ‘Never Grow Old’

And the positive reviews keep rolling in… we might have a sleeper hit here, folks! Check out the links below and get yer copy of Never Grow Old today… $4, y’all!

“I haven’t been to New London… I didn’t think it had much going for it until I encountered The Rivergods. The band, led by husband/wife duo Ben and Nancy Parent, has been around the block a few times… their most recent 4-song EP packs a punch… sun-faded, nostalgic, wistful … My favorite is “Rush Hour,” but don’t take my word for it. Choose for yourself.”

“Connecticut’s own Americana/Roots rockers The Rivergods return with a 4-song EP entitled “Never Grow Old.” The songs show enormous growth in the song-writing and musicianship. The album opens with the uptempo sway of “When Times Were Good” that contains a chorus that gets stuck in your head. The title song is where the heart of the album lies as Ben Parent sounds like a younger Elvis Costello with his band supporting his every move. The Rivergods finish up with the attractive roots rocker “Rush Hour” that brings everyone together in creating a touching piece of music. —

“(Never Grow Old) has continuity, yet, each song has it’s own personality. The common thread is the quality of the writing, instrumentation and arrangements… (“When Times Were Good)” has a hook that goes inside your ears and makes itself at home… I found myself singing it throughout the day. The title track “Never Grow Old” begins on a mellow, Bob Dylan-esque note with acoustic guitar and harmonica. Here again, the chorus is contagious! … It’s obvious that Ben Parent has a poet’s soul, leaving some things to the listener’s imagination. I truly enjoyed this recording… It left me wanting more! —Soundwaves Magazine

Heating up for summer!

Think sunshine and break out your calendar… Rivergods’ summer dates are rolling in! We’ve got some great shows scheduled, and a retooled six-piece line-up that is making the music sing and sparkle in incredible new ways (more details on that soon!) We’ll be playing a couple of great new spots like the Connecticut College Arboretum and Old Orchard Farm in East Lyme, and some old favorites like Captain Scott’s and Michael’s Dairy. Plus, we return to Ocean Beach Park in New London for the first time in a few years… check out the ‘Upcoming Shows’ page for full details.

Also, we’ve been nominated for a couple of 2014 Connecticut Music Awards… If you’re so inclined, head on over and give us a vote! Thanks kindly.