The Righs

The Righs

 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

We're a folk-punk band with heavy Celtic influences, but we also bring in many other influences such as gypsy, swing, reggae, ska and heavy metal.


Since the band’s first show in late 2005, when they were called The Rivers, The Righs have been making a name for themselves amongst punk, rock and folk fans across Oklahoma, as well as in Texas and Kansas, with their unique blend of musical styles that are incorporated into the overall sound. Since late 2005, they’ve shared the stage with internationally touring acts like Reel Big Fish, The Toasters, Street Dogs, Peelander-Z, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Business and Flatfoot 56, as well as numerous national, regional and local acts. While some might immediately draw comparisons to obvious bands within the genre such as Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys, The Righs take pride in presenting a wholly unique sound that displays their tastes and talents.

“Roses” was recorded, mixed and mastered during the second half of 2009 at Green House Recording studio in Moore, OK, owned by former drummer David Johnson. The album expands upon the diverse sound of the band while maturing that sound musically and lyrically based on the bands’ life experience. The album features Nate Williams (acoustic guitar/vocals), Jackson Smith (electric guitar/vocals), John Slawson (bass), Omid Nowrouzi (mandolin/vocals), Jian Azimi (fiddle), Dave Johnson (drums) and guest vocals by Nate’s sister, Alicia Williams. January 2008 saw the release of “The Rivers Run Deep,” the band’s first studio album, produced by Chris Harris at Bell Lab Studio and Subatomic Sound (now Hook Echo Sound) in Norman, OK. It was praised by Stephen Carradini of as “an engaging and exciting listen, no matter what you normally listen to.” The album drew comparisons to a diverse blend of artists such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Beirut, The Suicide Machines and The Pogues. In early 2009, “The Rivers Run Deep” was named one of the best Celtic-Rock albums of 2008 by and received an honorable mention in Shite’n’’s Best of 2008 list as well.


In 2008 we released our first full length album, "The Rivers Run Deep." In 2010, we released our second album, "Roses." Songs on both albums have received airplay on streaming radio shows at and Both albums can also be found on the streaming database on

Set List

A typical set list by The Righs might consist of any one of the twenty-eight songs on our two albums, plus a number of unrecorded originals and covers.