The Riverbreaks roll into WTJU for a live set during Deadbeat Club

Date: 09/29/2023

Time: 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Riverbreaks will be performing live on the WTJU Stage from 3:30 – 4 p.m. Friday, September 29, during the Deadbeat Club. The performance will be broadcast on 91.1 FM, streamed via, and video streamed on WTJU’s Facebook and YouTube channels. The band will put on a full concert Friday evening in downtown Charlottesville at The Garage, 6 p.m.

You can check out their music on Bandcamp.

The Riverbreaks have refined their unique and energetic brand of Americana Rock by touring widely and performing in venues spanning 14 countries and 34 states. Their upcoming performances will feature songs new and old from their prolific lineup of albums that have been released to critical acclaim. The Riverbreaks are known for their rowdy shows, lyrical depth, and provocative instrumentation, and the band (featuring long-term members Ryan Bailey, Andrew Satten, Jesse Prentice-Dunn, Drew Ball, and Danny Crawford) looks forward to bringing all of the above back to the stage.

Formed in 2009 around songs Ryan (lead singer) wrote in Central America during the Peace Corps, the band quickly developed a strong following in their home base of Washington, D.C. In 2012, they traveled to Chapel Hill, N.C., where many of the band members originally met at UNC, to work with acclaimed producer Chris Stamey (Whiskeytown, Roman Candle). The resulting album, Wildfire, featured long-term members Ryan, Jesse Prentice-Dunn (guitar), Andrew Satten (keyboard), Neela Rajendra (violin), and Drew Ball (bass), and was named a Top 10 Album of the Year by the Sun Herald. The band kicked off their Wildfire album release tour at D.C.’s prestigious Kennedy Center, and ultimately covered 20+ states, Canada, and Europe.

In 2014, Ryan relocated to his hometown of Nashville, TN, where he began work on two albums. The first, How Still Is the Night (March 18 2019 release) was produced by Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle) and Jordan Lehning (Andrew Combs), and features gorgeous strings, a powerful horn section, and members of Steelism. The second, Canyons (January 1, 2020 release), was recorded with producer/drummer Ken Coomer (Wilco) and is full of field recordings and haunting pedal steel. A new set of albums, Little Dreams (November 20 2020 release) and Forever (spring 2021), tracked over the past few years with multi-instrumentalist/producer Jon Estes, have been released.


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