Dirty River Boys w/ Radio Birds

Dirty River Boys w/ Radio Birds

Radio Birds, Josh Small

Tue, June 14, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Broadberry

Richmond, VA

Tickets at the Door

Dirty River Boys
Dirty River Boys
You can tell a lot about a group of musicians by the name they give themselves. The Dirty River Boys make music with the type of sound and texture that is soaked in the realities of the hard-scrabble city they call home in the far west Texas desert. Members Nino Cooper, Travis Stearns, Marco Gutierrez and newest member Colton James on stand-up bass/banjo have become quickly renowned for their rousing live shows which feature the boys winning four-part harmonies and stout acoustic instrumentation.

Fans clamored for the release of the band’s first two EPs, Long Cold Fall and Train Station, and buzz for their first full-length LP which is deafening. The live intensity of the Dirty River Boys is difficult to duplicate in a studio environment, but these Boys make that transition seamless.

It takes determination and talent to make waves when you come from the dust and dirt of El Paso, but the Dirty River Boys are continually proving they are up to the challenge. By utilizing traditional folk instruments with rock and bluegrass arrangements, they are blazing a trail paved by their own, unique style of music.

The Dirty River Boys style blows away any preconceived notions of what acoustic music can be. Harmonicas and fiddles cut melodies that blend with furious licks spilling from guitars and mandolins alongside explosive percussive rhythms all combined to create a whirling dervish of musicality.
Radio Birds
To see and hear them now, you might never believe that a few short years ago Radio Birds had a completely different lineup, look, and sound. In early 2013, rising united from their earlier musical experiences, these four young men decided to take a risk and start completely over with a new name and sound. They quickly worked up a batch of new songs, and by that summer they had recorded a successful EP and had begun playing extensively, even winning the 2013 Masquerade Musicians Showcase in Atlanta, GA. Within a year of their rechristening, they were booked for The Rock Boat 2014 (and 15!), were featured in a major motion picture (Jason Momoa's Road to Paloma), played SXSW, and attracted the services of indie Atlanta label Brash Music. Things have moved quickly for a reason, and everyone involved points back to two causes: Radio Bird's irresistible character and undeniably unique sound.

That sound is simple: Plain-Old Rock and Roll Music with a distinctly hairy touch. Meaning, it is not clean, it is not easy, (or too difficult), and it is not The Next Logical Revival of a Previously Popular Genre From the Seventies. It is what you get when four guys all write music with the basic beliefs that it must be played live, and it must be played everywhere. Each of their songs is different from the others and is balanced by the web of harmonies that entangles the whole group. Everybody sings, and sometimes, you just can't help but sing along.

Over the past year the number of those singing along has increased dramatically. Radio Birds has taken their sound out to the world, and their dedicated touring and writing schedule proves one thing: Radio Birds wants you to hear them now more than ever. They are proud to announce an exciting new album, recorded at the world-famous Southern Tracks studio, featuring an impressively diverse set of songs and even additional instrumentation by Will Turpin (Collective Soul) and Mark O'Connor. Equipped with new songs, longer hair, and scruffier beards, they look forward to spending the next several months bringing this music to everyone who will listen.
Josh Small
Josh Small
I met Josh like many people have, through his playing in Tim Barry's band. Josh, though, is about to make a name for himself through his incredible debut album for Suburban Home, "Tall by Josh Small". "Tall" is 12 beautiful songs that recall folk from the 70's or as I like to explain a bluesy roots rock. Whatever you call it, know that finding an artist like Josh is one in a million. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist who can also sing and write and just one of those folks that makes you realize your lack of musical talent. Contrary to his talents, Josh is an incredibly down to earth person who is humble and easy to talk to. I guess that is what made the biggest impression on me. That and one night when we all got drunk together, he convinced me that Bears and Dogs were related.
Venue Information:
The Broadberry
2729 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://www.thebroadberry.com