South of the River
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South of the River

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Current ly South of the River is nearing completion of their first CD. However, three tracks to be included on that recording are already receiving airplay on 106.5 The Fox in Nachitoches,LA, and KIX103.3 in Eldorado, AR.; also streaming on crossfire_ and


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It all began down on Neighborhood Drive on New Year's Eve 2005. The band formerly known as The Southern Way became South of the River. It seemed like the logical thing to do. Over that Christmas holiday, The Southern Way's lead guitarist was forced to leave the group due to personal circumstances beyond his control. The remaining members decided to stay together but with a whole new groove! First, the rhythm guitarist stepped up and filled the lead position. Next, new material was added to the band's line up...original as well as cover songs. And finally, all four members agreed on the new name for the band...South of the River.
When trying to come up with words to describe South of the River's music, the first one I thought of was versatile. Listen to a set at one of their shows, and you'll understand exactly what I mean. The band covers many genres of music from the hard rocking sound of AC/DC and 3 Doors Down to the lonesome ballads of John Prine and lots more in between. There's something there for almost everyone.

Another word that comes to mind is emotive. These artists are dedicated to their craft. This devotion can be seen in every performance and heard in every note. There is definitely a personal connection between the members of the band and their music. These feelings are contagious, spreading to their audiences. SOTR just loves what they do, and it shows in the quality of their product, as well as their presentation.

A final word that I believe can be used to describe this band's music is genuine. The people that come together as South of the River are "real" people in every sense of the word.They are unaffected...unpretentious, a refreshing characteristic in this "Era of the Image" that is perpetuated by today's media standard. They spend time with friends and family, work ordinary jobs, and deal with the day-to-day pressures life has to offer. These experiences are the basis for their songs. The result is authentic music that allows the listener to relate.

There are many other adjectives that could be used to describe South of the River, but I think it was best said by one of their youngest fans, five-year-old Abigail Johnson. When asked what she thought about the band, she emphatically replied,

"They're just plain ol'good!"