Series Premiere Thursday, March 26 on DigitalRodeo.com
(Nashville, TN – March 25, 2009) Online social network and country lifestyle portal Digital Rodeo has unveiled “In The Round On The Row,” a bi-weekly songwriter series available for viewing exclusively at DigitalRodeo.com.
The series, hosted by Robert Reynolds, features some of Nashville’s most successful songwriters performing and discussing their songs at the weekly “In The Round On The Row” events held at Music Row’s Edgehill Studios Café last fall.
“Listening to songs performed acoustically by the artist that created them is a unique musical experience. You hear them on the radio, but songwriters have a very personal relationship with their music, and it affects their delivery in an amazing way,” says Reynolds, Digital Rodeo’s Director of Industry Relations. “Even though it’s an intimate setting at the show, thanks to this series we’re able to bring that intimacy worldwide now.”
Opening night of ‘In the Round, On the Row’ at Edgehill Studios Café in Nashville, Tenn. (Pictured L to R): Scotty Huff (ITROTR Co-Producer), John Pyne (Digital Rodeo Director of Marketing and Promotions), Robert Reynolds (ITROTR Co-Producer and Digital Rodeo Director of Industry Relations), Glenn Sweitzer (owner of Fresh Film & Design), songwriters Michael Peterson, Jason White and Jason Matthews.
Posted on 19 March 2009
(Nashville, TN – Mar. 19, 2009) Richmond, Virginia’s River City Gang will make their Nashville debut next week when they play an industry showcase event at 12th & Porter on Tuesday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Led by former major label recording artist Kyle Davis and BMI award-winning songwriter Brian Friedman, River City Gang is a brand new band built on veteran musicianship. The group played their first show together less than three months ago in front of thousands as the opening act for Lynyrd Skynyrd in Norfolk, Va.
“Our first show, opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd – does it get any cooler?” says Friedman. “The crowd response was great, and to be accepted by Skynyrd fans is an honor in and of itself. We couldn’t have asked for a better way start 2009 and River City Gang’s touring career.”
River City Gang began in 2007 when Friedman needed a vocalist for several tracks he had written to pitch to Rascal Flatts. After Davis cut the vocal tracks, the finished mixes impressed the pair so much that they decided to keep the songs for themselves, which eventually formed the foundation of their self-released debut CD, simply titled Volume One.
“When we began writing and recording we had to get past the fact that we have totally different writing styles and influences,” says Davis. “I’m first and foremost a singer-songwriter, while Brian comes from a rock background. We don’t always arrive at our destination the same way, but when we both love something musically, that’s really the key to River City Gang – honesty.”
After releasing albums on a pair of independent labels, Davis was signed by legendary producer Phil Ramone before releasing the single “God Love Me” on Universal in 2003. Prior to forming River City Gang with Friedman, Davis spent the last several years producing his own material and writing music for television programs.
Guitarist and vocalist Brian Friedman has worked for more than ten years as a music editor and consultant in Los Angeles on numerous feature films, including “Coyote Ugly,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “The Replacements,” “Romeo Must Die” and “Not Another Teen Movie.” He also wrote the theme songs for MTV’s “Punk’d” and “The Real World” series.
Since 2007, both men have focused their energy on honing the River City Gang sound.
“Our music is song-driven modern country, what we call Virginia Rock. It’s about life experiences,” says Friedman. “I grew up with old school country music being played in my parent’s little general store in Richmond. I’ve watched two-lane byways turn into eight-lane highways. We write about what we know and what we’ve experienced. It’s about reality – the good and the bad. That’s the truth.”
For more information, please visit www.RiverCityGang.com.