Singer/songwriter River Lynch walked into a local guitar shop one day, saw a six string Rickenbacker electric guitar on the wall and proceeded to make the most important purchase of his life.
Starting out in Rochester, NY, River began pursuing his passion for writing songs, recording, and performing as a solo artist at the age of seventeen. After deciding to leave college, he dedicated his time to creating music and used his new found creative freedom to explore a writing style that is completely his own.
River released his debut EP There Goes the Heart in 2016 with the help of local musicians Tim Leverett on drums and Schuyler Skuse on bass. The original intention of the band was to release the EP but quickly grew into what has now become River Lynch and The Spiritmakers. They have since independently released five additional singles and have been performing live across New York, the East Coast, and Canada.
Buffablog.com describes them as “…a call to arms to fellow rock revivalists ready to reassert the primacy of rock music." In the vein of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Roots Rock, Blues, and Americana; the band has received comparisons to artists such as Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, and Alabama Shakes, while bringing a renewed energy to their own bluesy, hook-filled, vintage influenced sound. “The sound transcends what we think of as a typical rock outfit”, says EarToTheGroundMusic.com. Although influenced by music from the fifties, sixties, and seventies, River avoids simply being a replication of the past and instead has set out to create an identity all his own.
River's original song "All This Time" was named "Best Song of The Month" by SongwriterUniverse.com.
River Lynch and The Spiritmakers have opened for Three Dog Night, Rusted Root, Legendary Shack Shakers, The Blue Stones, Jefferson Starship, Carbon Leaf, and Jesse Dayton.
Festival performances include Musik Fest (PA), Rochester Lilac Festival (NY), Indie Week (Toronto), International Pop Festival (NYC), and the Fairport Music Fest (NY)