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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Messin with the Kid--Riley Road

What started as an experiment has developed into the area's most dynamic blues rock trio. By skillfully weaving point and counter-point into “off measure” time signatures, Nick Cianci, Brandon Walker and Isaiah Weatherspoon make up the band known as RILEY ROAD. From three different school districts, RILEY ROAD’s members were brought together through the efforts of Erin Riley, founder of Phoenixville’s Rock and Roll After School (RRAS) program. Drummer Isaiah Weatherspoon and bassist Brandon Walker joined with Nick Cianci, a long time student of the Downingtown School of Rock, in Fall 2010 to form a blues rock based trio. The diversity of these three students is their greatest strength, with each one bringing a different skill and perspective to the band. On lead guitar and vocals, Nick Cianci channels the spirit of many of the great blues artists of the past. Close your eyes and you will hear Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. From a blistering fury of guitar riffs to the controlled patience of a single sustained note, Nick combines his many influences into his own unique sound. Building the foundation to support this energy is the rock solid rhythm section held together by bassist Brandon Walker and Isaiah Weatherspoon on the drums. Isaiah’s proficiently executed, syncopated fills reminiscent of the likes of Simon Phillips or Steve Gadd, are complimented by the thunderous bass line of Brandon Walker, ala the great Jack Bruce. RILEY ROAD has successfully broken into the suburban Philadelphia music circuit with their masterful combination of original music and carefully selected cover material. Be prepared to be “blown away” by this energetic trio. Look for RILEY ROAD coming to a venue near you.  
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