rice - an American Band was born in the summer of 2014 as a few friends got together to jam, and liked the results. A mutual admiration society developed and a love of performing music together was created. Pretty quickly the band was gigging out at clubs and festivals and the rice was cooking.
rice - an American Band has played quite a few festivals already in their short time together including Strangecreek Campout (MA), Jerry Jam (NH), Redneck Olympics (ME), Adventure Jam (CT), Wormtown Festival (MA), Harry’s Hill Green Love Renaissance (ME) and more are surely to come. The band is not afraid of ski areas either having hit Mount Snow and Stratton.
“It is our goal that in a show, whether it’s one hour or three, to have the audience come away with a solid understanding of all the members of the band and their unique talents and musical view. It’s a great pleasure to have such a wealth of talent all rallying around this musical mission we’re producing and the resulting sound can end up being diverse over the course of a set, but all still taste like rice.”
The current lineup is anchored by newcomers Kyle Heon on the drums and Lauryn Winiarski on bass, gun slingers Joshua M Leach on guitar, Brian DiMartino on guitar, and Steve Benson on mandolin and pedal steel. Phil Simon on guitar and vocals is joined by Emily Jones and Courtney Parker on vocals and special guests appear on occasion to join the band. The lineup is fluid and ever developing with the band concentrating on original material while adding in some distinctive covers from well known bands like Pink Floyd, the Flaming Lips and Bob Marley and lesser known covers of independent bands like Woodbox Gang and International Anthem.
This year (2018) the band is ramping up the number of gigs on the schedule so expect to run into them at your favorite festival or club, and see you down the road!