‘State of the Union’ on iTunes!

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‘State of the Union’ is out… Get your copy now on iTunes! It’s already starting to garner some great reviews…

The New London Day says: “‘State of the Union’ is a fine, 12-song collection reflecting The Rivergods’ consistent but always evolving brand of roots music: harmony-teased heartland rock, modern country-folk, and bits of bluegrass and gospel. Parent is the main composer, and his work displays maturity and a weary but appreciative worldview. Too, with Nancy Brossard Parent, they exhibit a savvy skill at finding like-minded musicians to nuance his material in textural fashion. A lot of great players have been Rivergods over the years — all of whom are still friends — and the latest lineup, including keyboardist/vocalist Bil Groth, bassist Mark Gehret, violinist Dana Takaki and drummer Chris DiBiasi, is undeniably strong.” Read more

Soundwaves Magazine says “[The Rivergods] keep forging ahead as a band, and they are as relevant and entertaining as ever. ‘State of the Union’ couldn’t be more time-appropriate. It is a 12-song collection of beautifully crafted and thought-provoking pieces with precision, state-of-the-art production. Recorded at PWOP Studios in New London with award-winning producer Carl Franklin … Care is taken with every note, and Ben’s vocals let loose genuine, impassioned grit and growl. … What we’ve come to expect from these seasoned songwriters and talented musicians is prevalent here … [the album is] full of radio-ready hooky licks and memorable melody lines. Nancy takes over lead vocals beautifully on ‘Station Down the Line’ with a gentle, pleading and pleasing melody reminiscent of Neil Young. … ‘Dress Like a Poet‘ is classic Rivergods with a driving rhythm and super-fancy cascading instrumental melody lick that is very unique. [‘State of the Union’] has a BIG ENDING which, of course, leaves the listener WANTING MORE!” Read more

The Hartford Courant says: “[The Rivergods] release a great new album every three years or so. ‘State of the Union,’ this year’s model, is a collection of approachable, Heartland rock songs, with acres of harmonies … and lyrics about marriage, religion and the daily struggle to understand what’s going on in America. Acceptance is tempered with spunk and anger; the waltz-time ‘Churches’ is a song-length, fearless indictment of malicious acts — misogyny, violence, misdirection for political gain — performed in the name of religion. The brooding title track, which closes the album, channels late-’80s Neil Young rage, rolling all of ‘Union’s’ aggression up into one mighty spitball…” (Woah! Another Neil reference…)  Read more

No Depression/Adobe and Teardrops says: “The most fun part of listening to ‘State of the Union’ is the Rivergods’ themselves. … They know what they’re doing and the confidence brims over on each song. But they’re not cocky, nor are they too comfortable … they just know each other’s tricks and are having a grand old time doing a good thing.” Read more

(The New London Day‘s Rick Koster and Peter Huoppi also did a podcast, celebrating ’20 years of the Rivergods’ and analyzing our evolving musical style over the years…  Listen here.)

THANKS TO ALL OUR FANS for your continued support. We hope you enjoy State of the Union!

‘State of the Union’ drops 3/3 on CD!

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On the eve of our 20th anniversary as a performing band (!!!), The Rivergods are set to release a new full-length album, State of the Union, on Friday, March 3, 2017 at All Soul’s Hall in New London, CT.

State of the Union features over 52 minutes of new Rivergods’ music… 12 new original songs, recorded and produced by Carl Franklin at Pwop Studios in New London, CT in October of 2016. The album is loosely thematic and showcases some pretty smoking musical performances by our current line-up (if we do say so ourselves!!) It’s our first full-length album in several years, and we’re super excited to share it with you.

Stylistically, the music on State of the Union runs the runs the gamut of the Rivergods’ harmony-rich roots/Americana/folk rock sound, from the fuzz guitar-driven rock of the album’s opening cut “Jubilee” and closer “State of the Union”, to the country swing of songs like “Churches” and “New Traditional,” to the folk pop of “New Emperors” and “Dress Like a Poet” and finally, the torch song balladry of “Station Down the Line,” co-written with our good friend Steve Elci, which features a standout solo vocal performance from Rivergods’ co-vocalist Nancy Parent.

The band will be playing two long sets to celebrate the CD release of State of the Union, including performing the full album live from start to finish. We’ll have copies of State of the Union available for purchase, along with cool new men’s and women’s Rivergods t-shirts… yeah!!!

Here’s the full details:

Friday, March 3, 2017
The Rivergods
State of the Union CD Release Party
All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Hall  [map]
19 Jay Street, New London, CT
Showtime 7:30, doors at 7
Suggested donation: $10
Beer, wine, refreshments, merchandise available for purchase
More info

We hope to see you there! Spread the word… and thanks for your continued support over the years!

Rivergods at the Rock Haus!

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Saturday, January 28, 2017
The Rivergods (8:30 pm)
Rock Haus at the Crocker House
w/Anne Castellano & The Smoke, Monkey 68, The Whales,
Dogbite, The Franklin Brothers & The McJaggers
Crocker House Ballroom
35 Union St, New London, CT 06320
Phone: (860) 444-6464
7:00 pm – 1:00 am
Suggested donation: $10
More info

Upcoming acoustic shows, and ‘State of the Union’!

hopeposter‘I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.’ –Jana Stanfield

Couple of upcoming acoustic shows to share with you this post-election holiday season: Ben and Nancy will join other southeastern CT songwriters on Friday, Dec. 9 at All Souls Congregation in New London, CT for an event entitled ‘Songs of Resistance and Hope’. Showtime is 7:30pm, more info here. On Friday, Dec. 16, Ben and Nancy will perform at the annual ‘Hoot for Hunger’ at Washington Street Cafe in New London, CT. The event starts at 5:30 and we go on around 7pm. All proceeds to benefit the New London Community Meal Center.

‘The world is turning… Hope it don’t turn away’ –Neil Young

In other news, we’re pleased to announce the reason we’ve been somewhat off the radar for the past couple of months… we’ve been recording a new album! Entitled State of the Union, the album will feature 12 new Rivergods tracks recorded at PWOP Studios in New London by producer Carl Franklin. We’re looking at a late January release… details very soon. In the meantime, how about a preview?

Duck, duck, goose!

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We’re excited to be back in Chester on Saturday, April 30 as part of the 3rd Annual Music Festival & Duck Race! Woo hoo! It’s a 3-day affair, with lots of beer, bands and fun, but we’re excited to be playing Saturday evening RIGHT after the race (which starts at 4:15) at the Pattaconk 1850 Bar & Grill (33 Main St, Chester, CT) from 5-8ish. No cover, great food and atmosphere! More info here.