It is February 16th 2014 which means it is time to announce the next 'Song of the Week'.
The folk/rock band, by the name of The River And The Road, is the band taking this week's 'Song of the Week' featured spot on the official Basement Entertainment website, with their original song Too Much.
From Vancouver, British Columbia, Andrew Phelan (vocals / guitar), Keenan Lawlor (vocals / banjo), John Hayes (bass) and Cole George (drums) first started The River And The Road in mid 2011. And, since then, their strong love for music has certainly helped them continue to grow in the music industry.
"After crossing an ocean, leaving a hemisphere, and a long stint hitch hiking across the American Southwest, singer/guitarist Andrew Phelan made his way to Chicago with the looming need to cross into Canada for work. He had two flight choices, Montreal or Vancouver, and flying west was cheaper. Once there, he found a healthy contest in singer/banjo player Keenan Lawlor, who had been playing around Vancouver for the previous eight months. Keenan had moved across water to forge a new path, but in his case, it was the Georgia Strait instead of the Pacific Ocean."
"In the beginning the two butted heads, seeing in each other the greatest competition for the attention of an East Vancouver open mic audience. Competition turned to collaboration, busking and living on scraps together to make their musical existence possible. After several months as a duo, and experimentation with additional instrumentation, they recorded their debut eponymous, self-titled twelve-track album, released on April 15th 2012. In the spring of 2012, the band emerged as a dynamic four-piece with the addition of bassist John Hayes and drummer Cole George."
The River And The Road's music was an instant winner the first time I heard it. Their music is quite simply perfect. As the band says, "A spirited folk form of sincere storytelling, mixed with strong harmonies, heavy percussion breakdowns, and dynamic arrangements, embodies the sound of The River and The Road." And, of course, Too Much, is undoubtedly earning this week's 'Song of the Week' spot because of that.
These four young men have [already] accomplished so many incredible things as a band. And, it is quite obvious that will carry on as this band continues to rapidly expand [literally] all around the world.
So, of course, if you have not come across The River And The Road you need to check them out right away, including their self-titled CD, which was released on April 15th 2012.
You can check out an unbelievable video of the guys performing this week's 'Song of the Week', Too Much, right now on their official Youtube Channel, which can be seen here:
See you next Sunday for the newest 'Song of the Week to be posted. Before then, definitely check out The River And The Road's CD right away and be prepared to fall in love with this amazingly talented band.
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Picture 1: From left to right: Cole George (drums), Keenan Lawlor (vocals / banjo), Andrew Phelan (vocals / guitar) & John Hayes (bass)
Picture 2: The River And The Road - The River And The Road CD Cover
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