Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats
Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats formed in Asheville NC as a street busking project in late 2011. Revered for their high energy live shows, dynamic musicianship & Scotchie’s larger than life stage presence, the band has continued to craft their hard driving style of rock n roll and are dedicated to building their musical family.
Consistent studio recordings, year round touring, earnest songwriting & sharing show bills with legends such as Sonny Landreth, Blind Boys of Alabama, Drivin N Cryin, Eric Gales and Bettye Lavette has made Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats one of the industry’s fastest growing rock n roll bands.
Voted the # 1 Rock N Roll band in WNC by Mountain Xpress Magazine 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
Andrew Scotchie’s festival, Asheville Barnaroo is now 10 years strong and continues to benefit local organizations that are dedicated to inspiring the next generation of musicians. Asheville Barnaroo is now partnered with Asheville Music School and continues to book bands of all genres from all over the country.
The band has performed at legendary venues/festivals such as the Orange Peel, The Mint Club LA, 1904 Music Hall Jax FL, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Columbia SC Blues Festival, Brevard NC Blues Festival, Hard Rock Café ATL GA and more.
The band’s 2nd studio album “We All Stay Hungry” was included in WNC Magazines top 5 summer albums in 2015.
Bold Life Magazine’s Austine Miller writes…..
"There’s no true notion of regional blues without Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, led by the wunderkind of the local scene. Scotchie is a soulful cyclone of a performer nurtured in the classic-rock oeuvre who, at only 23 years old, produces the local festival Asheville Barnaroo and leads his vibrant crew on a near-constant touring schedule" http://www.boldlife.com/brevard-does-blues