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Genre : Rock/Blues
Location : Rochester, New York
"Every night, we set out to wake the spirits of the past, create music for the future and remind people of the power of rock & roll music" states River.
After deciding to leave college, singer-songwriter River Lynch got to work on his career as a solo act. Playing shows in and around upstate New York for roughly 3 years. "Songwriting is a sacred thing to me" states River, "You must be blessed with the ability to write and disciplined enough to see it through". After years of performing solo, River decided it was finally time to go electric. In 2015, he joined together with some local Rochesterian friends that shared the same energetic love for Rock n' Roll.
Introducing...River Lynch & The Spiritmakers. Tim Leverett, drums, and Schuyler Skuse, bass, brought the rhythm section that would drive River's original songs to their explosive potential. The name Spiritmaker comes from River's song of the same name..."Rise off the fumes that roll off of me and get you higher". Rock & roll captures the very essence of what the human spirit is all about. The band has a vintage quality to their sound, without being simply a reproduction of the past. A unique mix of the rock & roll vibes of Tom Petty, with a modern edge comparable at times, to bands like The Shelters and Alabama Shakes. Wonderfully rich, bluesy, hook-filled rock & roll.
Following the release of River Lynch's first official EP, There Goes The Heart (2016), the band has been winning over audiences in their hometown of Rochester NY as well as in NYC and Canada. River's original song "All This Time" was named "Best Song Of The Month" by SongwriterUniverse.com (Oct. 2016). River Lynch and The Spiritmakers have had the pleasure to open for multiple national touring acts including Rusted Root, Legendary Shack Shakers, and Jesse Dayton.
In early fall of 2017, the band released new music with their single "Straight Through". Buffalo music blog, Buffablog.com, described "Straight Through" as "a call to arms to fellow rock revivalists ready to reassert the primacy of rock music". 2018 brought more new music with their latest single "Outside The Sun".
"Rock & Roll music became a large part of my identity at a very young age" River states. "The radio volume went up, the school grades went down. I feel that new Rock & Roll does not currently receive the attention it deserves. We aim to remind those that forgot and introduce those that have not yet experienced, just how powerful this music can be. So I grab my guitar, rally the band and we head for the stage".