About Us

 
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WHAT'S BEEN SAID
MAJOR SHOWS, EVENTS AND VENUES
AWARDS
PROFESSIONAL JINGLES
RIVERROCK SHARES THE STAGE WITH NOTABLE ARTISTS 

  

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Riverrock is “one of the most popular bands in Kansas City History,” says the Kansas City Star/Times. Since 1974, Riverrock has been a name country music fans could count on for an exciting show of hot pickin’, tight harmonies and spontaneous fun. They have shared the stage with dozens of recording stars, the likes of Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Hank Williams, Jr., Alabama, Suzy Bogguss, The Oak Ridge Boys, Minnie Pearl, Charlie Daniels, Wanda Jackson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tanya Tucker, Tracy Byrd and Emmylou Harris. Many of these performances were at state and county fairs, concert halls, music festivals, rodeos, college campuses and popular night clubs.

 

The band has toured Alberta, Canada, the American Rockies, the Southwest, the Plains States, and as far east as Maryland.  Riverrock has also performed in the Country Music Capital of Nashville, Tennessee, where they have recorded with some of Music City’s best, such as Vassar Clements and Randy Scruggs.  From these sessions came their Midwest Man album, a Billboard Magazine “Recommended LP” from which selections have been played on radio stations across the U.S.A. and Europe.  Riverrock's latest album, Shuddup & Party!, has been played on the radio in fourteen countries and features guest musician, John McEuen, of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  Riverrock was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

 

Now, after decades of incarnations and permutations, original Riverrock members John Mumma, Paul Mumma and Dan Smith have teamed up with another K.C. legend, Allen Blasco.  Along with being multi-instrumentalists, everyone in the band takes his turn as the “lead singer”.  This keeps the song list fresh and never boring. 

 

The band’s mission is to bring back the classic country and rock sounds of the 60’s and 70’s made popular by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Eagles, CCR and The Beatles mixed in with sprinklings of contemporary songs of the 80’s, 90’s, old time country, and a few surprises along the way. 

 

 

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 What’s Been Said About Them

“Riverrock, one of the most popular bands in Kansas City history…”   -   Leland G. Rucker, Kansas City Star/Times

“Musicianship is good on a wide range on instruments.  Beat is lively and volume is constant.”  -   Variety Magazine

“What’s that washboard player’s name?  He’s great!”   -   Minnie Pearl

“This versatile group can set Doug Kershaw’s fast paced Cajun music to a slow waltz tempo and make it sound good.  Every performance draws a crowd.  To me, listening to Riverrock is pure fun.”   -  Shifra Stein, Entertainment Editor,  Kansas City Star

“Riverrock plays Bluegrass as well as any we’ve heard, and lots better than most.”   -   Country Music Review

“Riverrock excels at concert with Jerry Lee Lewis and Emmylou Harris…it was Riverrock who stole the show.”  -  Country Times

After Riverrock’s appearance with the Ozark mountain Daredevils;  “One very important comment I heard many times was that Riverrock was better than the featured band.”  -  Bob Glanzer, Manager, South Dakota State Fair

“Each member is a fine musician and they convey a spirited love of playing along with their professionalism.”  -  Ronald E. Butler, Tulsa World

“Whenever Riverrock plays, there’s a barrage of foot stomping and hand clapping.”  -   Susan J. Stone, Kansas City Star Magazine

“Riverrock is a group whose hard work, tenacity and dedication to their craft, have earned them a celebrity’s crown in our city’s music scene…without a doubt Kansas City’s most popular bluegrass group.”  -  Tim O’Rourke, The Town Squire

"I had a chance to work with Riverrock...Now there's a group Kansas City can be proud of...I've never worked with a band with a better vibe."  -  Mike Morelock, 61 Country All-Nite Truckin' Host

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                                            Major Shows & Events

Union Station, Kansas City (Riverrock display at We Want to Rock! and Science of Rock & Roll exhibit through April 2013) - KKFI Local Showcase Radio Broadcast  -  National  FFA Conventions.  -  Coors National Convention  -  Missouri State Fair  -   North Dakota State Fair  -  South Dakota State Fair  -  Nebraska State Fair  -  The American Royal  -  Tulsa Opry Live Radio Broadcasts  -  International Country Music Festival  Live Radio Broadcasts  -  Four Hour New Year’s Eve Live Radio Broadcast, WDAF 61 Country  -  Muskogee State Fair  -  Hallmark’s Crown Center Friday Night Concerts  -  Greater Siouxland Fair and Rodeo  -  Kansas City Rodeo  -  Variety Club Telethons  -  Neewollah Festival  -  Jim Tyler’s  WDAF 61 Country Chicken Fly Radio Broadcasts  -  Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days as Cargill Seeds Musical Ambassadors  (six seasons) -  Possum Trot Celebrations (six seasons)  -  Kansas City Spirit Festival  (ten seasons)  -  North Central Missouri Fair  -  Cowtown National Auto Show  -  Show-A-Rama, United Motion Picture Association  -  KMBC, WDAF and KCPT Television Specials   -  Kansas Special Olympics’ Benefits
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 Major Venues

Nashville’s Old Time Pickin’ Parlor  -  Worlds of Fun  -  Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary  -  Fort Leavenworth   -  Kansas University  -  Kansas State University  -  Missouri  University  -  Tulsa University  -  Pittsburg State University  -  Emporia State University  -  Northwest  Missouri University  -  Oklahoma State University  -  University of Wyoming  -  Casper College, Casper WY  -  Ft. Lewis College, Durango CO  -  University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg MO  -   University of Missouri at Kansas City  -  Park University, Parkville MO  -  Johnson County Community College, KS  -  Kansas City Kansas Community College  -  Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City MO  -  Longview Community College, Kansas City MO  -   Lodge of the Four Seasons, Lake of the Ozarks  -  Argosy Casino, KC  -  Harrah’s Casino, KC  -  Isle of Capri Casino, KC  -  Sam’s Town Casino, KC  -  Harvey’s Wagon Wheel Casino,  Central City CO  -  Millstone Lodge, Lake of the Ozarks  -  Kemper  Arena, KC  - Municipal Auditorium, KC  -  Uptown Theatre, KC  -  Memorial Hall, KC  -  Municipal Auditorium,  Topeka KS  -  Bicentennial Center, Salina KS  -  Little Bear, Evergreen CO  -  Summit Motor Inn, Breckenridge CO  -  Red Lion, Vail CO  -  Bridge Street Station, Vail CO  -  Ozark Inn  -  Lawrence Opera House  -  Charlie Parker Jazz Foundation
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 Awards

2011 Kansas Music Hall of Fame Inductee  -  First Runner Up, Grand Ole Opry Contest, KC  -  First Runner Up, Wrangler Country Starsearch  Contest, KC  -  Town Squire “Best in Kansas City”  -  KWKI Radio “Critics Choice”  -  International Jazz Hall of Fame Entertainer Award  -  American Truckers Benevolent Association Outstanding Performance Award
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 Professional Jingles For

Phillips Petroleum  -  United Telephone  -  Migro Seeds  -  Northern Natural Gas Company  -  Zarda Bar-B-Q   -  Felix Camera  -  Gilbert Robinson Restaurants  -  Patron’s State Bank and Trust
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 Riverrock has shared the stage and billing with some of the best

(Alphabetically)

Alabama - Asleep at the Wheel - Bobby Bare - Norman Blake - Suzy Bogguss - Bryan Bowers - David Bromberg - Tracy Byrd - The Carter Family - Carlene Carter -  Tommy Cash - Central Standard Time -  Billy “Crash” Craddock - Alvin Crow - Charlie Daniels - The Dillards - Donna Fargo - Narvel Felts - Freddy Fender - Vince Gill - Lee Greenwood - Tom T. Hall -  Emmylou Harris - John Hartford - Roy Head - Jimmy Henley - Wanda Jackson - Janna Jae - George Jones - Dicky Lee - Jerry Lee Lewis - Rudy Love - Barbara Mandrell - John McEuen - Roger Miller - New Grass Revival - The Oak Ridge Boys - The Ozark Mountain Daredevils - Minnie Pearl - Pure Prairie League - The Rainmakers - Mike Reid - Riders in the Sky - John Wesley Ryles - Frank Sinatra, Jr. - Ricky Skaggs - Cal Smith - Red Steagle - Tate Stevens - Jud Strunk - Marty Stuart - Hank Thompson - Buck Trent - Tanya Tucker - Leroy Van Dyke - Steve Wariner - Bobby Watson - Dottie West - Sharon & Cheryl White - Don Williams - Hank Williams, Jr. - Jimmy "Sweet Lips" Wilson - Trisha Yearwood
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