Rich Driver

Rich Driver

 Sacramento, California, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Singer-songwriter Rich Driver takes the music he loves, alt-country, pop, and rock, and blends them into style he likes to call, California roots pop. His influences range from the eclectic Harry Nilsson and Scott Walker to the modern craftsmen of Ryan Adams, Jeff Tweedy and Britt Daniel.

Biography

Singer-songwriter Rich Driver takes the music he loves, alt-country, pop, and rock, and blends them into style he likes to call, California roots pop. His songwriting influences range from the eclectic Harry Nilsson and Scott Walker to the modern craftsmen of Ryan Adams, Jeff Tweedy and Britt Daniel. Known for his catchy hooks, you will find yourself singing his songs in the least likely of places. Raised on the beaches of Orange County and San Diego, Rich migrated to Northern California in the mid-1990s. There he co-found the Tahoe-based blues-pop trio Blue House Burning and the Sacramento Music Award winning acid-jazz ensemble West Coast Rhythm Section. The bands played with established acts such as Charlie Hunter, Ozomatli, B-Side Players, Duke Robillard, Norton Buffalo, and Koko Taylor. After a brief hiatus to complete a masters program, he reemerged in 2008 with his first self-titled solo release. His forthcoming EP, Inside A Valley, marks a new chapter a dynamic career and is expected to be release in June of 2011.

Lyrics

J Street

Written By: Rich Driver

she's looking for something
so on the road she goes
looking for a destination
called proper days old

if only get a miles away from, she says
I'll feel better
you'll feel better too
even if you only get a miles away from here
I'll still miss you

man, she's lying to me
she'd don't want adventure
no, she just wants me to leave
and I don't know why
but I think it's better this way

(chorus)
so I'm stumbling down J Street
I'll admit I've had just a little too much to drink
I keep saying things are going
ah so fine
stumbling down J Street
and that girl over there
warming up to me
maybe it's about time I went and bought her a drink
keep saying things are going
oh so fine
stumbling down J Street

driving with Marvin Gaye
in a beat-up truck, with her friend guitar
and a brand new pair of shades
mercy, mercy me child
you're better than they know ya

todays the day she began to grow
todays the day that she.... became better than you know her
just a little bit better than they know her

man, she's lying to me
she'd don't want adventure
no, she just wants me to leave
and I don't know why
but I think it's better this way

(chorus)

Flexible

Written By: Rich Driver

well, I woke up in the morning
and my horoscope read
if only be observant
then I'm bound to be successful
but my chakras out of line
I don't know what to do
I think I'll find religion
it shouldn't be a sacrifice at all

on Sunday mornings
it's time to meditate
I would say my affirmations
but I lost my Tony Robbins tape
so I spend my time watching TV and movies
I'm into yoga, man
I don't need to leave the couch at all

/pre-chorus/
you think your over that
thank god your over that
you want to be over that
so much for being over that
someday I'll realize what you don't
then everything is gonna change

/chorus (2x)/
you see me falling
but I'm flexible
bendable
and I just might never get there

I take a long weekend
for my three hike
I know I'm one with nature
'cause I'm covered in mosquito bites
I brought tequila
so I could get some sleep
I'm hope for a vision-quest
but the silence here
it's killing me

/pre-chorus/
/chorus/
/verse (no lyrics, solo)/
/pre-chorus/
/chorus/

Discography

Rich Driver (self-titled, May 2008)
Inside A Valley (EP, June 2011)

Set List

45-120 minute sets. Able to play longer if necessary. Songs are mostly originals with a few covers.