The Burning River Ramblers
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The Burning River Ramblers

Lakewood, Ohio, United States | SELF

Lakewood, Ohio, United States | SELF
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"Conor Standish wins John Lennon Love Songwriting Contest"

For Immediate Release
February 17, 2012

Lead Singer and Songwriter for The Burning River Ramblers
Wins Valentine’s Day Love Song Contest

Cleveland, OH—We all like surprises. But imagine the surprise felt by Conor Standish, lead singer and songwriter of up and coming Cleveland band The Burning River Ramblers found out his mom (who is also the band’s manager), Kelly Standish, had entered his song (and a track on BRR’s debut album), “Stranger on the Street,” in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s Valentine’s Day Love Song Contest—and that he had won the grand prize.

“I was ecstatic when I found out the news,” said Conor. “I had heard about the JLSC but never thought I'd be able to win any sort of contest that was involved with it. This is the first award I've ever won for something musical and I'm extremely grateful that my first one is the JLSC. I couldn't be happier.”

As the grand prizewinner, Conor receives a new M-Box and ProTools from Avid, a microphone from Audio-Technica and an Epi Dot Guitar from Epiphone. The song is automatically entered into JLSC’s annual songwriting contest, culminating in May, 2013. That contest awards a $20,000 cash prize and an opportunity to participate in the Vans Warped tour.

It’s already been a whirlwind year for BRR, as they were named one of the “Top 25 Bands to Watch” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer this past summer. They also released their debut in the summer of 2011, and continue to build their fan base regionally around Cleveland and at Ohio University where some of the band members attend.

The band plays a breezy, funky, Jack Johnson-ishalterna-pop that, not surprisingly, is extremely popular with college age crowds. But now a little national recognition from the JLSC win should widen BRR’s audience even more.

“ I am absolutely thrilled,” said Kelly. “But then, that song has always been my favorite.”

For more information, please visit

Management: Kelly Standish/ 330-208-6005/

Publicity: Mike Farley/Michael J. Media Group/ 608-848-9707/

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- Michael J. Media

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"We don't see ourselves doing anything else -- music is our Plan A in life", says Standish. Our song "See Ya Soon" is a coming-of-age song. It's about doing your own thing. Home is great, but sometimes you need to leave and try something new." - The Cleveland Plain Dealer


The Burning River Ramblers self-titled CD available on itunes and



Conor Standish starting writing songs with his acoustic guitar at age 16. He met Chris Rush and Chris Walling when they were freshmen in high school and they formed a trio, The Trip C's. They acquired a drummer and played shows around Cleveland. When college came a calling, the Trip C's took their talents to Ohio University and Athens, Ohio, minus their drummer. After looking rigorously for a drummer that could fill the likes of their good friend back home, no luck became of it. Then, down from the heavens of Donato's came a blessing in disguise of a pizza delivery man. The guys had ordered pizza and invited the man in when they didn't have their money together. They had a drum kit set up in the living room and the pizza guy asked who played the drums. When they stated "none of us do, we are looking for a drummer", he replied, "I have been playing for years, let's jam some time". Sure enough, Jesse Catania proved to be the godliest of drummers and The Burning River Ramblers were formed. Jesse invited his brother, Zach Catania, to a jam session one day. It was soon obvious that musical talent runs in the Catania family. Not only could Zach play a mean guitar, but he could play a mean keyboard and sing. It was time to take The Burning River Ramblers on the road. BRR played several gigs in Northeast Ohio but their fans demanded more. So, under the guidance of Steve Deutsch (Los Angeles) and Adam Korbesmeyer (Cleveland), they recorded their first CD, self-titled, at the Analog Arcade in Cleveland. The CD is selling well and more shows are packing up for winter break. The Burning River Ramblers are gearing up for a great summer 2012 tour.