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Riverrock

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2011 Kansas Music Hall of Fame Inductee

“One of the most popular bands in Kansas City History”, says the Kansas City Star/Times. Since 1974, Riverrock has been a name music fans could count on for an exciting show of hot pickin’, tight harmonies and spontaneous fun.

They have shared the stage with dozens of recording stars, the likes of Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, Hank Williams, Jr., Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Minnie Pearl, Charlie Daniels, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tanya Tucker and Emmylou Harris. Many of these performances were at state and county fairs, concert halls, music festivals, rodeos, college campuses and popular night clubs.

Riverrock was signed to the management of the Jim Halsey Company in 1977. Other acts on that roster included Roy Clark, Hank Thompson, Freddy Fender and the Oak Ridge Boys.

In 1980, Variety Artists International signed Riverrock. The agency's roster included Amazing Rhythm Aces, Asleep at the Wheel, Badfinger, Jeff Beck, Vassar Clements, Papa John Creach, Dixie Dregs, The Guess Who, Head East, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Carl Perkins and Pure Prairie League.

The band has toured from Alberta, Canada, through the Rockies, the Southwest, the Plains States and East as far as Maryland in cities and towns of every size including the Country Music Capital, Nashville, Tennessee where they have recorded with some of Music City’s best, such as Vassar Clements and Randy Scruggs. From these sessions came their Midwest Man album, a Billboard Magazine “Recommended LP” of which selections have been played on radio stations across the U.S.A. and Europe. Riverrock’s latest album, Shuddup & Party!, has been played on the radio in fourteen countries and features guest musician, John McEuen, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Riverrock was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2011 and they were the most visible act represented at the “We want to rock!” Exhibit in Kansas City's Union Station that ran from October of 2012 through May of 2013. The band artifacts that were on display are from the archives of the Kansas City Museum who administered the exhibit. In 2015 Riverrock was nominated to the Missouri Music Hall of Fame.

The band began at the end of an era when night club musicians often worked five or six nights a week, sometimes as “house bands” on gigs that could last weeks or even months. They could make a living, building a following without the help of social media. Fame was not the result of “going viral”. It took time and a love for the music.

Riverrock survived a well documented “mob war” in Kansas City's River Quay entertainment district, a flood on the Country Club Plaza that made the national news, endless waves of “new music” that threatened the extinction of the status quo and road gigs that were remembered as much for the van breakdowns and equipment repairs as for the music they played and the fans they made.

Now, after decades of incarnations and permutations, original Riverrock members John Mumma (banjo, steel guitar, bass and vocals), Paul Mumma (guitars, fiddle, mandolin and vocals) and Dan Smith (drums, washboard and vocals) have teamed up with another K.C. legend, Allen Blasco (guitars, bass, harmonica and vocals). Along with being multi-instrumentalists, everyone in the band takes his turn as the “lead singer”. This keeps the song list fresh and never boring.

The band’s mission is to bring back the classic country and rock sounds of the 60’s and 70’s made popular by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Eagles, CCR and The Beatles mixed in with a sprinkle of contemporary songs of the 80’s, 90’s and now, including old time country and adding a few surprises along the way.

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