rice: An American Band
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. The sound that create: True American Rock and Roll.
rice – an American Band has played quite a few festivals already in their short time together including Strangecreek Campout (MA), Jerry Jam (NH), The Big E (MA), Redneck Olympics (ME), Adventure Jam (CT), Wormtown Festival (MA), Harry’s Hill Green Love Renaissance (ME), High Hopes Music and Arts fest (MA), Ziontific (MA), Old 78 Farm Fall Festival and others. The band is not afraid of ski areas either having hit Mount Snow, Sugarloaf 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 tastes like rice.”
The lineup is fluid and ever developing with the band concentrating on original material while adding in some distinctive covers.
In 2023 the band self released their debut album with seven original songs recorded at North Fire Studios in Amherst MA. That album is now on all major platforms including band camp, spotify, pandora, deezer, and more.
The BandChristopher Ellis: drums
Brian DiMartino: guitar
Mike ‘Woody’ Wood: bass, vocals
Phil Simon: guitar, vocals
Matthew Desreuisseau: keyboards
FestivalsThe Big E (MA)
Manna Fest (MA)
Jerry Jam (NH)
Harry’s Hill (ME)
Adventure Jam (CT)
Alive and Dead (VT)
Redneck Olympics (ME)
Old 78 Farm Fall Festival (MA)
StrangeCreek Music Festival (MA)
Ski AreasMt Snow (VT)
Stratton Mtn (VT)