The Rivergods to release pandemic-era album “Passages” Friday, Aug. 28

There’s a press release, so it must be official! 😉


New London, CT, USA — The Rivergods make a full return to their roots on Passages, their seventh studio release, following up 2017’s State of the Union. Passages will be released Friday, August 28 for streaming and download on all major music platforms including Spotify, ITunes, Pandora, Google Play, YouTube and bandcamp.

From the anthemic opening chords of “Tropical Depression” to the traditional country lilt of “Breakfast in Bed” to the Stones-y bar romp of “Yankee Rant (Stay),” Passages covers a wide terrain of Americana, rock and country music territory. Passages features nine new original Rivergods’ songs, and closes with their first-ever studio cover on one of their own albums, a haunting take on Neil Young’s “On the Beach,” sung by vocalist Nancy Parent.

Passages was recorded at PWOP Studios in New London, CT by producer Carl Franklin, who also was at the helm for 2017’s State of the Union. Recorded live in the studio in 2019 with minor overdubs in early 2020, mixing was done sporadically and remotely throughout the spring/summer of 2020 due to COVID-19.

The Rivergods have continued to grow musically, putting out their trademark brand of roots rock/Americana music since 1997, yet have managed to stay true to the heart of the music that continues to inspire them. Husband/wife vocal team of Ben and Nancy Parent bring an intimacy to their musical pairing that can perhaps be only achieved through marriage or another familial bond. While currently not playing live due to COVID-19, the Rivergods shine just as bright as live act, and look forward to returning to the music stage as soon as safely possible.

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Stream or download our new preview single “Long Way Down” now at Bandcamp:

Dancin’ in the Pollen!


Greetings, all. Hope you are surviving the “new normal”… it’s certainly put a damper on most musical outfits we know. Many of our shows for the early summer have faded… stay tuned for a better idea of what’s still happening in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, enjoy this recent video featuring a six-pack or so from the Rivergods’ first in-person rehearsal in many moons, due to COVID-19. Did we remember all the chords?? Maybe! Anyway, we can’t wait to see you all again somewhere down the road…

New Rivergods music… “Yankee Rant!”

Hey New England… stay strong! We got this. Brand new from the Rivergods, this one’s for you… Listen now at YouTube or download at Bandcamp.

The Rivergods – “Yankee Rant (Stay)”
Words/Music: Ben Parent ©2020 Good Sponge Music

Off of the forthcoming 2020 album “Passages”
Produced by Carl Franklin, Ben Parent and Nancy Parent

Ben Parent – Electric guitars, vocals
Nancy Parent – Acoustic guitar, vocals, tambourine
Bil Groth – Piano
Mark Gehret – Bass guitar
Chris Debiasi – Drums
Butch Rovan – Tenor Saxophone

‘Tis the Season!

RGHolidayThe Rivergods Annual Holiday Show returns for its upteenth year Saturday, Dec. 21 at Daddy Jack’s in New London! Join us for some great food, drink, dancing and holiday cheer. Who knows, we may even play a holiday tune or two! 😉 Table reservations encouraged: (860) 444-8888. More info here!

Thanksgiving Eve at the Social!


THANKSGIVING EVE… We’re back at The Social, one of New London’s finest watering hole/eateries, with over 50 choice craft beers on tap! We’ll do two long sets starting around 8pm… bring your appetite for food and fun! (Note: this show was originally planned for Sat. 11/23 but was moved to Wed. 11/27). See you there…


Downtown Live!


The Rivergods are happy to be kicking off this Summer’s Downtown Live! concert series in New London on the Waterfront Park at City Pier with a stacked line-up that includes John Speziale and Sweet Mercy!, Balkun Brothers and Blue Eyed Blackbird Thursday, July 18 at Waterfront Park in New London. It should be an amazing night of music!

This series is free and open to all. Start time is 6pm (we go on third around 8pm).
There will be food trucks and a mobile pub. Feel free to bring folding chairs for your comfort (and don’t forget your dancing shoes in case the spirit takes over!).

Downtown Live! will present shows every other Thursday this Summer with future dates on August 1, 15, and 29.

More info here.