River Glen
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River Glen

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Folk Indie




"Show Recap: River Glen"

"River sings with exuberance and charisma, like Brett Dennen or Eric Earley (of Blitzen Trapper), and he can play a wild, reeling fiddle solo. River’s music is precocious, infectious and entertaining."

-Tim Gavin, Little Village Magazine - Little Village Magazine

"Hometown musician spreading wings and working toward success"

"His words and vocals are reminiscent of Brett Dennen, from the idealism and social commentary to the balladeer crooning and wide tonal range."

-Julien's Journal - Julien's Journal

"River Glen"

"A young songwriter honing his craft and finding his way. His sounds can move anywhere from a Bright Eyes inspired love song to a thoughtful John Prine ode to almost hip-hop influenced rhyme schemes and delivery."

-365ink - 365ink

"River Glen's Musical Career"

"His passion keeps pushing him as River's music keeps growing, expanding, and otherwise delighting an ever-increasing fan base."

-John Busbee, The Culture Buzz - The Culture Buzz (99.1 FM Des Moines, IA)


The entire discography is available at: www.RiverGlenMusic.com

The Raleigh EP - 2014
The Chicago Single - 2014
Alpine Studio Sessions - 2013
Nothing is Too Little - 2013



"His words and vocals are reminiscent of Brett Dennen, from the idealism and social commentary to the balladeer crooning and wide tonal range."     

-Julien's Journal

River was born in 1989 at Four Mounds, an Indian burial ground, along the Mississippi River (after which he is named). He began his musical career at the age of 2 on the violin. As he grew, his family nurtured his love for music and performance. They formed a family band, The One Hat Band, which had modest beginnings playing street corners in Galena, Illinois before blossoming into the widely-recognized and well-loved folksy-family sound that is now synonymous with the Breitbach name in the greater Dubuque area. 

In 2004, River formed his own band, River and the Tributaries. What started as a group of high school buddies quickly evolved into something of a phenomenon: Riv and Tribs became a sensation from the banks of the Mississippi, winning the VEISHA Battle of the Bands, touring nationally and recording two albums between 2004-2009. 

River, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, now makes music knowing it is meant for more than just himself. He sings from his soul 'cause it feels right, he raps about issues hidden in plain sight. His music is lyrically driven and blends elements of folk, pop, rock, and hip-hop. River's performances are extremely honest, heartfelt, humble, and inclusive. His talent and professionalism is serious, yet River is so playful that not even he knows where the music will go in any given show. 

Music is the vehicle of River's adventure and he is thankful for all the places it has taken him thus far. He loves his family, his friends, and his fans deeply and feels blessed with each and every musical opportunity to lift spirits, to heal hearts, and to open minds. 

Band Members