About Liver Down The River
Liver Down The River is a six-piece jam style bluegrass group from the beautiful mountains of Durango, CO. The band incorporates elements of funk, rock, celtic, and Irish music into their sound. Their story began in the fall of 2012, when mandolin/harmonica player Patrick Storen met lead vocalist/guitar player Matt Granzow. The pair had an impromptu jam session in the Bader Snyder Dorm room of Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Together they began experimenting with bluegrass music, and incorporated their eclectic styles on traditional Grateful Dead tunes. That day spawned a lifelong friendship between the pair, and before long they were picking every afternoon.
Soon after, Emily Aguirre-Winter got word of these acoustic picking sessions and began accompanying them with her viola and phenomenal vocal range. Aguirre-Winter adds the melodic vocal beauty to Liver Down The River’s music, and her classically trained musical background initiates refreshing and angelic textures to each creative composition. Aguirre-Winter adds a wonderful flavor to the group with her songwriting craftsmanship, and ability to pinpoint powerful harmonies and echoing call and response found on ‘Shot O’ Booze’ and ‘Murder Ballad’.
Over the next few months the trio played countless nights in Durango, and enlisted the talent of drummer John Carter Colia, and bassist/vocalist Derek Abt. These additions allowed for more ambitious musical excursions, and a breakaway from traditional bluegrass instrumentation. John Carter Colia, the man that keeps the train from rolling off the tracks each night, is a driving force of the band. His approach to percussion allows for the band to dive into many different styles, wile maintaining a danceable back beat. This driving force is complimented by Abt’s funky bass rhythms paving the pathway for the band to bend the rules of traditional bluegrass, and pioneer a sound of their own, which they call JamGrass. In 2014, another main contributor to the band’s original catalogue, Tyler Rice, was added to the group on banjo, keyboards, and vocals. Originally from Cumming, Georgia, Rice quickly took on a key role as a remarkable songwriter with enticing stories of the road and playing banjo busking for money. With this addition, Liver Down The River was complete.
Experimenting with extended improvisational jamming and exploring a diverse range of musical genres, Liver Down The River brings new life to classic fiddle tunes and traditional bluegrass standards. Striving to write music that conveys the atmosphere and feeling of the Colorado way of life, Granzow’s lyrics connect with real life emotions and are easily relatable to anyone who listens. Granzow states, “Whether it be our up-tempo bluegrass tunes, extended jams, or funk tunes—we are creating music that will last, and connect with the emotions of our audiences.”
The band released their debut album; Solace In The Mountains on April 20th of 2014, consisting of nine original songs along with their own take on the traditional bluegrass song, ‘Whiskey Before Breakfast.’ However, this recording consisted of only three members, and the band has since developed their own recognizable sound within the bluegrass community. To kick off 2015, Liver Down The River recorded their new self-titled five track EP, which is set to release on Tuesday June 30, 2015. Their high energy performances and close interaction with their fans lead to the attraction of their dedicated fan base, whom they call their Liverfolk.
Storen, the spark to the band’s fire, brings the energy level up each night creating spontaneous bursts of frenzy and chaos, resulting in overall amusement and excitement of the crowd. Fueled by the energy of their whiskey drinking audiences Liver Down The River creates a show full of magic and spontaneous surprises. The band knows how to get the party started, and will keep you dancing on your feet all night long. Be sure to catch Liver Down The River at a city near you!
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