The River 68s
The River 68’s are: - Craig McCabe - Lead Vocals & Guitar, Christian McCabe - Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals,
Gerry Loughrey - Bass & Backing Vocals, Chris Russell - Keyboard and Allan James - Drums.
Brothers Craig and Christian McCabe grew up on the outskirts of Glasgow during the nineties, where they made acquaintances with fellow music enthusiast Gerry Loughrey. A similar taste in music brought the aspiring musicians together back then, and having all worked their way through several different bands, names, and line ups, it has brought them together now as The River 68’s. The aspiring trio met keyboard player Chris Russell and drummer Allan James through Glasgow’s vibrant music scene completing the bands line up.
With a classic rock attitude and contemporary delivery, The River 68’s are quick to tip their collective hats to music by the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, and Foo Fighters. However, special reverence is reserved for the albums ‘Beggars Banquet’ by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles White Album, both of which saw the light of day in 1968.
Relentless local gigging has turned the band into a formidable live force with countless headlining shows at the illustrious King Tut’s in Glasgow. The band have since established themselves as a firm favourite at this popular Scottish venue supporting the likes of Gun and Stone Gods, when the band made a lasting impression on featuring guitarist Dan Hawkins (also of The Darkness). Dan was so taken by the band that he offered to hook up with them and work on their demos.
The bands first single ‘Just The Way (That You Do It)’ released in Summer 2011 received a brilliant reception garnering plays across some of Scotland’s most successful platforms such as BBC Radio 1 Scotland (Ally McCrae), Clyde 1 (Jim Gellatly), Clyde 2 (Billy Sloan), Moray Firth Radio (Marion Scott), Forth One, Northsound 1, Radio Borders, Tay FM, West FM. With such support the band were soon making massive impressions across the festival circuit, playing in packed out tents to enthused crowds at T in the Park.
The River 68’s are now set to record their debut album, working alongside one of the industry’s most experienced producers, Nick Brine. Nick has many credits to his name, working alongside some of the most successful national and international acts of the past few decades including Bruce Springsteen, Oasis, Artic Monkeys, The Darkness, Ash and KT Tunstall to name but a few. A collaboration between one of the countries most esteemed producers and one of the hottest new acts is destined to have all the ingredients of a timeless melodic rock album that will be treasured for generations to come.
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