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Riff Reign is a Worksop UK recording band,
established in 2014 to develop and record songs
written by Dave Wright.
Original members were
James Bennett (keyboards & hand percussion), Pete
Courcey (drums & vocals), Richard Nettleship
(guitars & vocals) and Dave Wright (acoustic guitar
and bass guitar). Following Pete’s and Richard’s
departure, Dave and James were joined by Richard
Hall (drums & backing vocals), Linda Lawrence
(vocals), Chris Pearson (guitars & vocals), Russ
Parsons (vocals) and Steve Roe (vocals).
styles include Americana, blues, country, funk,
jazz, pop, rock and retro rock ‘n’ roll, plus the
band’s own indie style. Much of the music has a USA
influence - in 1963 Dave’s eventual wife, Gwen,
joined the Beatles Fan Club and got herself a New
York pen friend, Danielle. Their friendship, which
continues to this day, has led to extensive travels
through the USA and Canada.
The band has released
four albums plus a Christmas single. All are
available as CD or digital download at
riffreign.bandcamp.com. A blues EP will be out in
early 2018 followed by the band’s fifth and sixth
albums before 2018 is out.
Band members have
recently joined Dave in song writing. Chris wrote
the lyrics to Soulless Man, which will be on the
band’s forthcoming blues EP, Catfish Stew. Linda
penned the lyrics to Beautiful Bird, which will be
on the next album, First Leaves Fallin’.
James and Richard have to a great extent a free role
in developing guitar, keyboards and drums. Dave
currently spends a lot of time working with Linda on
her ideas for variation of melody and lyrics where
improvement can be brought about.
The band has
been joined by other musicians on some recordings.
Keith Martin played mandolin and melodeon on Down
To The Town; Harmonica Dave Hunt played on Catfish
Stew, Lazy Summer Sunday and Night Train; Colin
Wilson played 12-string acoustic guitar on John
Wells and Outlaw. Future collaborations are
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