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), 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 current lineup is anchored by Kyle Heon on the drums and Lauryn Winiarski on bass and vocals, gun slinger Brian DiMarino on guitar, Steve Benson on mandolin, harmonica, pedal steel and vocals. Phil Simon is on guitar and 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.

The Band

Phil Simon: guitar, vocals
Brian DiMartino: guitar
Steve Benson: bass, pedal steel, mandolin, vocals
Lauryn Winiarski: bass, vocals
Kyle Heon: drums


Special Guests

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



Alive and Dead (VT)
Adventure Jam (CT)
Strangecreek (MA)
Jerry Jam (NH)
Redneck Olympics (ME)
Wormtown (MA)
Old 78 Farm Fall Festival (MA)
Ziontific (MA)
Harry’s Hill (ME)
The Big E (MA)
Manna Fest (MA)
High Hopes (MA)

Ski Areas

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


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