River Lynch: Vocals/Guitar
Schuyler Skuse: Bass
Tim Leverett: Drums
Rock & Roll / Blues / Folk Rock
Singer/songwriter River Lynch first had visions of a life in music when just a young kid. Not long after, he got his first electric guitar and never looked back.
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 a life in music. Early on, he drew from the artistic visions of Dylan and Jim Morrison, and as he began to perform live, he used his creative freedom to explore a 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. Since then, the band has been recording and performing original songs across New York, the East Coast, and Canada. They have also independently released four singles available on streaming platforms.
What is a Spiritmaker? Someone who lifts the human spirit through the power of rock ‘n’ roll music. 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, Folk Rock, Blues, and Americana; the band has received comparisons to artists like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and The Doors, while bringing a renewed energy to their own bluesy, hook-filled, vintage 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. “Rock 'n' roll is a mystical force that lives in your soul and is available to everyone.” – River Lynch
River's original song "All This Time" was named "Best Song of The Month" by SongwriterUniverse.com.
River Lynch and The Spiritmakers have had the pleasure to open for national touring acts including Three Dog Night, Rusted Root, Legendary Shack Shakers, The Blue Stones, 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).
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