Electronic Press Kit
Rock & Roll / Blues / Americana
Hometown: Rochester NY
Founded in 2015
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"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 began pursuing his passion for writing songs, recording, and performing. Playing solo shows in and around upstate New York for several 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 friends that shared the same energetic love for Rock & Roll.
Introducing...River Lynch & The Spiritmakers. Tim Leverett, drums, and Schuyler Skuse, bass, brought the rhythm section that drives River's songs to their explosive potential. The name Spiritmaker comes from River's song of the same name, meaning 'someone who lifts the human spirit through the power of rock ‘n’ roll music'. The band has a vintage quality to their sound while remaining fresh and new. They are an original rock and roll band with a strong sixties influence in the wheelhouse of artists like Tom Petty and The Doors. 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 performing all across New York, the East Coast, and Canada. River's original song "All This Time" was named "Best Song Of The Month" by SongwriterUniverse.com (Oct. 2016). They have since released three additional singles including their most requested song, "Straight Through". River Lynch and The Spiritmakers have had the pleasure to open for multiple national touring acts including Three Dog Night, Rusted Root, Legendary Shack Shakers, The Blue Stones, Carbon Leaf, and Jesse Dayton. The band has hit the festival scene with performances at Musik Fest(PA), Rochester Lilac Festival(NY), Indie Week(Toronto), International Pop Festival(NYC), and the Fairport Music Fest(NY). Buffalo music blog, Buffablog.com, described the band as "a call to arms to fellow rock revivalists ready to reassert the primacy of rock music".
"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".
Rock / Blues
Rock & Roll
Singer Songwriter / Americana
Rock / Blues
Rock & Roll / Blues
Rock & Roll / Pop
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Official music video for "Straight Through"
Official music video for "Don't You Bother"
Official Lyric Video for "There Goes The Heart"
Official Music Video for "Outside The Sun"
Live Solo Acoustic Performance for SOFAR Sounds
Live Performance for Rochester Indie Musician Spotlight
Notable Previous Shows
10/13/16 Rockwood Music Hall | NYC
11/9/17 Indie Week/Cameron House | Toronto, ON
12/31/17 Dome Arena w/Rusted Root | Rochester NY
5/16/18 Rochester Lilac Festival | Rochester NY
8/7/18 Musikfest | Bethlehem PA
8/25/18 Fairport Music Festival | Fairport NY
9/21/19 Rockwood Music Hall New York NY
10/3/19 Iron Smoke Whiskey Fairport, NY
11/20/19 Record Archive Rochester, NY
Three Dog Night, Rusted Root, Jesse Dayton, The Legendary Shack Shakers, The Blue Stones, Carbon Leaf
Opened For :
Similar Artists :
Tom Petty, Alabama Shakes, The Shelters, The Doors, Gary Clark Jr.
Press and Awards
A & R Factory.com (Read Full Article)
River Lynch and The Spiritmakers have dropped their brand-new track ‘Straight Through’ complete with a stunningly visual video that’s a serendipitous dream for all of my fellow rock revivalists. Their combination of Rock n’ roll, blues, and folk rock is insatiably delectable combined with the charisma of one of the most charming front men that’s graced the rock genre.
Originating from Rochester, New York; Lynch has his work cut out for himself contending with a drift of musicians that are all as heavy as the snow fall. Fans all across NY who have had the pleasure to witness this enigmatic foursome live, all know that they transcend the typical Rochester noise.
The band exude the same style of The Black Keys, Black Rebel Motorcyle Club & The Jim Jones Review, but with so much soul and modern energy behind their music the comparison hardly seems fair. Their debut track is packed full of resonant reverb from the effortless talent of lyricist, vocalist and guitarist River Lynch. There’s not many guitarists that are blessed with the ability to create the jingle of Johnny Marr, the guitar solo is everything you’d expect from a band that exudes vibrantly vintage nostalgic sound.
From start to finish the track is a true audiophiles delight. Undoubtedly by far my favourite element of this track was the lyrical diversity from Lynch as he transgressed from graunching gravelly vocals to hitting the resonant highs, whilst drenching you in gloriously riff heavy ensembles combined with piercing drum rolls and a uniquely delectable organ infused sound.
Buffablog.com (Read Full Article)
Rochester rock and roll upstarts River Lynch and The Spiritmakers have teased us with a video for their latest single “Straight Through” that is pure, organ soaked, riff heavy goodness. These guys are clearly on a mission, and this song and rock-band-in-studio-recording video definitely qualify as a call to arms to fellow rock revivalists ready to reassert the primacy of rock music, for good or ill, in the crowded modern marketplace. With more new music on the way, it will be most interesting to hear what they’ve got to back all of this up.
Rochester City Newspaper (Read Full Article)
On "There Goes The Heart," River Lynch balances lyrical weight with instrumental dexterity and flight. The music, with or without the words, paints its audience and its needs vividly. That's right, Lynch is singing to you. There are myriad influences rearing their heads in the mix, like The Drive-By Truckers, The Bottle Rockets, and The Beat Farmers — bands who all sling the honky-tonk unapologetically.
Lynch and his band harness the urge to horse it into the boat with a thick, juicy, and appropriate guitar attack, and leaves room for the songs to do what they do. This record is rockin' with heart and soul and just the right amount of grease.
BY FRANK DE BLASE
SongwriterUniverse.com (Read Full Article)
In October 2016 "All This Time" was named "Best Song Of The Month" by SongwriterUniverse.com
BY DALE KAWASHIMA
Ear To The Ground Music (Read Full Article)
River Lynch and the Spiritmakers could be a lot of different genres, but we’re going to call them Americana. They have the ability to rock, for sure, but there’s also a driving momentum to their style that seems like it would be comfortable on the streets of New Orleans. In other words, the sound transcends what we think of as a typical rock outfit. The message of the song is spiteful and angry, which works really well with the aggression found in the guitars, drums, and vocal.
The Record Archive: Richard Storms
River and his band get right to the spine shaking, spleen venting heart of rock & roll. Their grasp of rock's past is impressive...their leap into rock's future is breathtaking.
BY RICHARD STORMS