Daddy Long Legs are a New York City-based trio whose stripped-down roots sound and in-your-face intensity has garnered them fans in their hometown and overseas, where they’ve toured with such kindred spirits as The Damned, The Sonics, Nikki Lane, Hurray For The Riff Raff and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Rolling Stone Magazine have compared them to “Chicago blues fired at the moon, played by the demented children of The Pretty Things.”
Since forming in 2010, the band has released two studio albums, a live album and two 45s on Norton Records. Their last album was 2015’s ‘Rides Tonight’.
The John E Vistic Rock ‘N’ Roll Soundsystem are a Bristol based dark wave, garage-punk-rock n’ roll band whose influences include The Stooges, The Birthday Party, The Cramps, The Cosmic Psychos, Rocket from the Crypt and The Beasts of Bourbon.
The Vistic Soundsystem are a regular fixture on the UK and European live music scene, the band is currently working on new album ‘The Moronic Inferno’ with producer Tom Hackwell at Bristol’s legendary Coach House Studios.
Called a cult legend by BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson and ‘a towering figure on the UK live scene’ (The Metro), John E Vistic is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter. As well as vocal and song writing duties with The John E Vistic Rock N Roll Soundsystem, he is known for his role as Creative Director and lead singer of The Beamz – Russian Winter show (Bristol Old Vic) and has worked with artists including Crippled Black Phoenix, The Nurses Emily Breeze and DJ Nick Thayer. Vistic also works as the lead guitarist for James Ray and the Black Hearted Riders.
The band has received airplay across the BBC, including Radio 6, Radio 2, BBC Bristol, BBC London, as well as others including Radio Caroline, Rock Radio UK, Triple R (Australia) and performed extensively across the UK and Europe.
Now in its fifth year, River Town brings the music of America’s heartland to the south west in a summer celebration of roots and Americana music. With a vibrant programme of blues, bluegrass, country and gospel, 2019’s series is packed full of performances from global icons and rising stars.
In 2019 the River Town series takes place at venues across Bristol including St George’s
Bristol, The O2 Academy, SWX, The Winston Theatre at Bristol University SU and The Crofters Rights,
and also makes its first foray into Bath with two performances at The Forum. With artists including k.d. lang, Lucinda Williams, The Shires, The Mavericks, Keb’ Mo’ and Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton, it’s the most ambitious programme yet.
River Town began in 2015 under the banner of Bristol Americana Weekend and under a co-producing partnership between Colston Hall and St George’s Bristol presented Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Larkin Poe, Police Dog Hogan, Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and many more outstanding artists of American roots music.
The festival returned after wide-spread acclaim in 2016 to feature Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Mary Chapin Carpenter and the now internationally famous The White Buffalo.
In 2017 we launched the festival for a third year under the new name of River Town and showcased some of the finest blues, gospel, country and bluegrass, from across the pond and closer to home in Colston Hall, St George’s Bristol and for the first time in O2 Academy. Three UK greats – Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe and Andy Fairweather Low – joined forces in a rare trio performance that celebrated their shared love of American R&B, soul and country. The compelling singer songwriter Martha Wainwright performed along with R&B powerhouse, gospel legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples. Plus performances by duo The Shires with crossover stars Ward Thomas brought country-pop to Bristol.
In 2018 the festival expanded across the city as part of our Colston Hall Presents programme, showcasing events taking place in venues across Bristol during the Hall’s Transformation project. In it’s fourth iteration River Town’s line-up featured music icons Graham Nash and Rosanne Cash alongside The Barr Brothers, Steve Earle & The Dukes, The White Buffalo.