Created around freestyle songwriting sessions around a fire pit, Soul of the River was formed in June 2002. Out of Southern California. Soul of the River creates an unusual blend of songs that immediately grab the listener. Steve Hansen’s abstract yet funky basslines take a lead voice in the music and effectively compliment the overall songand get the booties shaking. Rene Felix has the unique blend of funky, shuffle drumming style, with the punch of John Bonham and the thunder of Steward Copeland, that creates a one of a kind sound that makes the most avid hip hop or country listener rock out and get down. Brett Dawson, brings a melodic vocal, and groove based guitar style that ranges from laid back funk to raging intensity. This unique blend of styles playing great original songs guaranteed to make even the harshest critic love, is the perfect formula to create the eargasmic sound of Soul of the River.
Soul of the River are currently recording their first full length album, 16 songs, anticipated to be released late 2008.
Soul of the River were voted “Best Classic Rock” band at the 2009 Inland Empire Music Awards.
Soul of the River have been featured on X-103.9 Alternative Radio, KUCR and the Internationally syndicated “On the Horizon” Radio Show.
Soul of the River give out free CD’s at their concerts, and provide all free downloads on their website.
Soul of the River are strong supporters of the American Cancer Society, and perform at several “Relay For Life” events every year as well as hosting and performing their annual “Rock for the Cure” concert to raise funds for the Riverside, Perris, and Hemet Relay for Life events.
"A three-piece progressive (yet chill) rock band, with sounds best heard with a drink in hand (whether it’s a diet coke or a margarita) gets the hips swaying and the feet tapping”
-Tina Bold - The Vinyl Hours, IE Weekly
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