Andrew Riverstone

AR sil in purple

Andrew Riverstone is a guitarist/singer/songwriter from North Devon

who found his creative muse in Americana and blues rock music.

 

Exposed to Motown, punk, glam and prog rock by a music loving family,

he soon showed natural ability and taught himself to play guitar

listening to vinyl LPs. Armed with a set of cover songs

he began singing in pubs and clubs around North Devon,

saving up to buy a Fender Stratocaster.

 

After a stint at art college Andrew packed his guitar and suitcase

and moved to London, where he quickly established himself as a

versatile session guitarist, working at numerous studios

including Abbey Road. He recorded with producer Gus Dudgeon

(Elton John, David Bowie, Chris Rea) and co-wrote with

Busta Jones from Talking Heads.

 

Riverstone followed the footsteps of his heroes Peter Green

and Jimi Hendrix to perform at iconic London venues

Camden Electric Ballroom, Goldsmiths College and the Marquee.

He toured with Irish rock band 'Cast of Thousands' and played

on the debut album 'Passion'. Released via Music for Nations

the LP sold 25,000 copies across UK and European territories.

 

Re-kindling a love of acoustic instruments Riverstone launched his solo

career with the album 'Discovery' - a heartfelt mix of roots/rock songs

built on world percussion and atmospheric guitar. The album was well

received with extensive radio play for the opening track "Emily".

This led to shows across the UK and many festival performances

including three consecutive years at Glastonbury,

where he performed for Spanish national radio and filmed for MTV.

 

A maturing writing style channelled into follow up album 'Forbidden Fruit'

which experiments with electric guitar and beats, and most recent LP

'Sunny Monday' embraces Riverstone's early influences Tom Petty,

Neil Young, John Lee Hooker and Jimi Hendrix.

The title track blends a classic blues riff with a driving swing beat,

and has become a firm live favourite.

 

Andrew's solo show goes from strength to strength making imaginative use of a

loop pedal to layer percussion, rhythm guitar and bass, enabling gritty vocals

and distinctive lead work to take full flight. Ever busy on the UK pub and

club circuit, he has also performed in France, Holland, USA, been heard

on BBC Radio and recently on Channel 4 TV.

 

Riverstone is soon to release his fourth solo album,

promising to reveal some of his strongest material yet.