Soul of the River

Posted September 10, 2009 in Feature Story

ZIPCODE: Riverside.


BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK: The  band’s original incarnation took shape in 2004. Its current  lineup of Rene Felix, Steve Hansen and Brett Dawson has been in effect since ’06. 


FOR FANS OF: The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, Sublime, Lenny Kravitz or Ben Harper. 


LATEST SPINS: A full-length album—three years in the making, so you know it’s gonna be good—is set to street in either October or November. 


ON THE STAGE: The band has  played all over, from Back to the Grind and Lake Alice in downtown Riverside, to Shamrocks in Chino Hills.

YOUR TWO CENTS: “We have a funky rock groove sound that is all our own. There are no guitar solos, or solos of any kind, on any of our songs. We  have a great vibe and put on a great live show. We’re your new favorite band as soon as you give us a listen.”


WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: These guys don’t do it for fame and fortune—the band’s love of the music runs neck-and-neck with giving to a darn good cause. Soul of the River participates in the annual “IE Rock for the Cure,” a benefit for the American Cancer Society. Plus, consider yourselves unworthy as this outfit was recently feted as the “Best Classic Rock” band during this year’s Inland Empire Music Awards.




THE IE LOCAL MUSIC SCENE ROCKS BECAUSE: “Everyone involved, the people and the bands are all doing it purely for the love of music. Riverside’s not gonna make you famous. There’s a strong camaraderie between the bands and the people involved in the scene out here. It’s amazing how good the bands are, half of my all-time favorite bands are from here; so many of them have great albums it’s crazy. The problem is the average Joe doesn’t realize that he/she can see their favorite band they haven’t discovered yet for $5 down the street instead of paying $60 and driving into L.A. to see the Foo Fighters. I’m not talking about just us, I mean no matter what kind of music you listen to, there is a band in the IE playing locally that is freakin‘ awesome and will blow your mind. You just have to find it.”


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