The Riverbreaks

The Riverbreaks is a rock band known for its rowdy shows, lyrical depth, and provocative instrumentation and vocals. Formed in 2009 around songs Ryan Bailey (lead singer) wrote in Central America during his time in the Peace Corps, the band quickly developed a strong following in its home base of Washington, D.C. In 2012, the band recorded with acclaimed producer Chris Stamey (Ryan Adams, Whiskeytown, Roman Candle) in Chapel Hill, N.C., returning to the area where many of its members originally met during their time at UNC-Chapel Hill. The resulting album Wildfire featured long-term band members Bailey, Andrew Satten (keyboard), Jesse Prentice-Dunn (guitar), Drew Ball (bass), and Neela Rajendra (violin), and was named a Top 10 Album of the Year by the Sun Herald newspaper. The Riverbreaks kicked off their Wildfire album release tour at D.C.’s prestigious Kennedy Center, and have since toured 23 states domestically and 11 countries internationally.

In 2014, Bailey relocated to his hometown of Nashville, TN, where he began work on several releases, including How Still is the Night Vols. 1 & 2 (April 2018), produced by Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Kesha, and ABC’s drama Nashville) and Jordan Lehning (Caitlin Rose, Kacey Musgraves), and Canyons (June 2018), recorded with producer/drummer Ken Coomer (formerly of Wilco).

Suspect Class

It was the early 90s. The band was called Suspect Class. We played all around DC, including headlining at The Bayou in Georgetown (where U2, Foreigner, RHCP, and The Ramones played). You might have heard us on DC101, including an interview segment with Rocking Rich Levinson. We had a publishing deal and won a Certificate of Achievement in the Billboard Song Contest. Look for the photo of a Suspect Class ad in a recent book about The Safari Club (another old DC Club)!

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