The Riverside – Music Meets Nature
Folk music can sometimes get a bad rap. Even just the mention of the genre “folk music” can cause a listener to quietly groan inside, conjuring up images of long haired hippies sitting in a circle and swaying side to side, strumming a worn out guitar. But when it is done properly, folk music can take on an ethereal quality that really can transport the listener to a quieter, simpler place, and “The Riverside” capture that perfectly.
I spend a lot of time out on my back patio in Texas. We live out in the country and we have a 300 year old oak tree that takes over most of our back yard. I pulled The Riverside up on Spotify – I will admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect – and they pulled me in within the first 10 seconds.
It was as if a layer of chill just wrapped itself around me. With a gentle breeze blowing the hot Texas summer air across the back yard and the tree leaves quietly rusting, all that I was missing for perfect tranquility was the sound of a river flowing somewhere in the background. It was a pretty impressive atmosphere.
As I started to pay attention to the music and listen a little more closely, I began to hear influences of other, more familiar artists. Fans of Jack Johnson, for instance, will not be disappointed. It took me a minute or 2 to put my finger on it, but there was a hint of Simon and Garfunkel in some of the songs. Some of the slower Led Zeppelin tracks, or Mumford and Sons. For anyone who has seen the movie “Into The Wild” with Emile Hirsch and Kristen Stewart, any of The Riverside’s song would fit perfectly onto the soundtrack.
There are a few Christian references which may not be for everyone, but the message is solidly positive, happy and calming. The band is a 5 piece with guitar, cello, mandolin, viola, fiddle and some very pleasing vocal harmonies. Because they are relatively new, there are only a couple of dozen tracks to hear on Spotify but they are all well worth a listen.
If you are looking for some gentle and positive songs for your Sunday morning soundtrack, try The Riverside on for size. They will definitely put a happy and contented smile on your face.
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