Ian Ridenhour writes smart, piano-driven alternative rock music with pop sensibilities and a dark streak, or as Sav Buist of The Accidentals puts it: “like Jack White and Ben Folds had a baby.”
After establishing himself in North Dakota fronting his own band and playing with others like Tigirlily (winning a North Dakota Music Award at age 14), Ian moved to the Asheville, NC area, where he developed a devoted following. His first album, Quietly Making Noise, was followed in 2016 by Cry About It, a dark pop-rock tour de force that juxtaposes infectious hooks and complex arrangements with raw, real-life lyrics that engage with the psyche’s shadowy side. The video for “Dancing Children,” one of the two vanguard singles from Cry About It, won top honors at the 2017 Music Video Asheville Awards.
Ribcage, the new EP, is forthcoming in January 2018. Recorded at Echo Mountain Studios and produced by Nomatic Studio, the album features the talents of Jacob Rodriguez and Justin Ray (of Michael Buble), Asheville artist Brie Capone, and others. “You Help Me Fall Asleep,” the first single off the album, will be released on December 1, 2017 with an accompanying video produced by All Around Artsy.
Bolstered by his powerhouse band, Ian’s performances are, as the Mountain Xpress says, “dynamic, with hooky melodies, frenzied riffs, and kinetic, danceable energy.” As well as playing festivals across the southeast and headlining listening rooms in western North Carolina, Ian has shared the stage with The Accidentals, BJ Leiderman, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Third Eye Blind, among others.
PopMatters says that Ian is “easily one the more diverse piano-centered rock acts of modern times,” which is perhaps what jazz legend Jimmy Cobb meant when he said of Ian, “in a couple of minutes, he’s gonna be a monster.”
Sister Sirens of Swamp Rock, BEAU + LUCI, enchant audiences with hypnotizing harmonies and bluesy melodies. Growing up in Waycross, Georgia, just a few miles from the Okefenokee Swamp, their music combines the mystery and folklore of “the land of the trembling earth” with their spellbinding brand of bluesy Americana rock. Heavily influenced by the Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Emmylou Harris, and Johnny Cash, their undeniable approach to storytelling is steeped in ageless spirituals, blues, and classic rock. At the young ages of 20 and 22, these “flower children with rock’n’roll souls,” captivate hearts of all ages and walks of life.
“Lost Stars’ music has a very wholesome feel to it. Their sound lends itself to the end of summer. It’s peppy and accessible, yet at the same time thoughtful…” -Ryan Getz, Tuned Up
In early 2016, high school friends Damian Malnar, and Charley Holden reunited at Belmont University with current members Trey Warner, and later to create Lost Stars.
With influences from bands like OneRepublic, and Imagine Dragons, the dynamic group is known for their lyrically driven songs, that crossover pop, rock, dance, and indie styles to create something new, yet familiar. Lost Stars recently followed up their debut EP, ‘Dreaming in the Dark’ with their newest single ‘It Only Takes One’, which is available everywhere that digital music is streamed or sold.