Andrew Riverstone

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Andrew Riverstone is a talented singer/ songwriter/ guitarist from North Devon, England.

Early inspiration came from roaring Atlantic storms, and albums featuring guitar greats Jimmy Page, Dave Gilmour, Joe Walsh & Paul Kossoff, from which he taught himself to play.

Songwriting and experimentation led to home recording using two tape recorders and 4 track.

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On completing art college, Andrew packed his guitar and suitcase and moved to London, where he quickly established himself as a versatile session guitarist, working in many top studios including

Abbey Road. He recorded with producer Gus Dudgeon (Elton John, David Bowie) and co wrote with Busta Jones from Talking Heads.

Andrew fulfilled a dream to perform at many of London's iconic venues- Camden Electric Ballroom, Hammersmith Palais, Goldsmiths College and several times at the famous Marquee. Downtime from sessions he worked on original material, assisted by talented London musicians, he began to craft his distinctive sound recording on 8 track.

 

Riverstone launched his solo career with roots rock album 'Discovery' - a heartfelt mix of acoustic songs built on world percussion with atmospheric electric guitar. The album was well received with extensive play on radio stations for the opening track "Emily". This led to shows across the UK and festival

performances including Glastonbury, where he was filmed by MTV.

 

Follow up album "Forbidden Fruit" expanded on the sound pallete with more electric guitar and blues colours. The album featured the popular song "Durdham down" built on a pulsing djembe rhythm inspired by the notorious Bristol common, and the bitter sweet 'Sweeter than you" failed relationship anthem.

Performing solo and with a 3 or 5 piece band, Andrew became ever more popular on a circuit of UK blues venues and festivals, and also branched into Europe.

 

Reigniting a love of late 60's and 70's American music, the influence of artists Tom Petty, JJ Cale, and Chicago Blues pioneer Howling Wolf has filtered into recent 3rd album 'Sunny Monday'.The release includes some classic Dylan and Clapton covers and fresh original material woven into a dirtier rootsy sound.

Chronicle Series wrote "Riverstone's fluid playing would make his

gigs a treat- fans of the blues will like this.."

The self penned title track is an uplifting slice of Blues rock with a swing beat, and has inspired many a live audience to dance. A dynamic version of "Can't judge a book by the cover" is also included- originally by Bo Diddley- this has also become a firm live favourite.

 

Andrew's solo show has gone from strength to strength making great use of a loop pedal to layer percussion and guitar, creating a platform for emotive vocals and expressive lead guitar to take full flight.

Ever active on the live circuit, he has recently relocated to Buckinghamshire, and currently mixing his much awaited fourth album, which promises to reveal some of his strongest material yet.