Rice: An American Band

Warwick, MA

rice – an American Band is steeped in Americana and are not afraid to wander into jam and rock explorations. A fluid outfit fronted vocally by Courtney Parker and Phil Simon – they are joined by a variety of gun slingers on axes.

In their short two years together, they have already been featured on festival stages including Old 78 Farm Fall Festival, Wormtown, Strangecreek Campout, Jerry Jam, Alive and Dead, Adventure Jam, and even the Redneck Olympics. The band focuses on original music written by Simon, Parker, and DiMartino presently, but also incorporate covers from Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, the Flaming Lips, the Dead, and more obscure artists. Expect them to jump up and down during the show, make bedroom eyes at the audience, and then there’s the sweat, usually lots of sweat.

“We are so thrilled that in such a short period of time this band has taken flight. Venues and festivals alike have asked us back for new gigs, and the band is really connecting with audiences.” 2017 was a big year with festival appearances, the launch of their first ever video for “Mighty River,” and the recording of live performances. 2018 should prove to be an even bigger year.

The Band

Eric Engman: bass
Phil Simon: guitar, vocals
Brian DiMartino: guitar
Courtney Parker: vocals
Joshua Leach: guitar
Steve Benson: bass, pedal steel, mandolin
Emily Jones: vocals
Drums: a rotating cast of the best drummers in New England: Kyle Heon, Mike Wood, Dave Noonan

Additionally, the band shows up with amazing guest musicians at most every show, including at times: pedal steel, extra vocals, guest guitarists, and more!

Upcoming Rice Shows

  • 02/18/18 Dover, VT at Snow Barn at Mount Snow
  • 04/06/18 Northampton, MA at Bishop’s
  • 04/29/18 Putnam, CT at The Stomping Ground
  • 05/24/18 Greenfield, MA at Strangecreek Music Festival
  • 05/25/18 Greenfield, MA at Strangecreek Music Festival


Alive and Dead (VT)
Adventure Jam (CT)
Strangecreek (MA)
Jerry Jam (NH)
Redneck Olympics (ME)
Wormtown (MA)
Old 78 Farm Fall Festival (MA)
Strangecreek (MA)

Ski Areas

Stratton Mtn (VT)
Sugarloaf (ME)
Mt Snow (VT)

Stage Plot




Phil Simon

Road Contact
Phil Simon
617-650-6855 (ROAD ONLY)