SoloRio is a new four-piece America’nan rock gospel stone soup band based in Sonoma County, California. The band consists of Craig Anderson, Andy Tester, Andy (Dru) Rodgers and Eric Backman. Backman and Tester’s drums and bass conspiracy merited the ‘pocket brothers’ descriptor. Anderson’s dobro phrasings, banjo patterns, and harp expressions bring tasty atmospheres and unexpected dimensions; while Rodger’s guitar, mando and cosmic ukulele resonates to pad and drive the sonic stories. Fronting SoloRio, Andy2 and Craig each lead original works with strong 3-4 part harmonies ~ and are known to be joined quite often by many local musicians to spontaneously busk.
SoloRio songs have all grown organically from well tilled and well-traveled coastal soils, lovingly farmed through unspoken communications of shared ironies, hardships, and pangs for adventure. Joyous dance grooves to poppygrass twangs to broken souls representing lives well lived and grateful to still be living well.