The Whiskey River Band

The Whiskey River Band


"I live in GA and would swear you guys were local boys from down the road. How do a bunch of guys from CT end up playing Southern Rock like that?" ~ Jim McBride, Bottle O'


Founded in 1987, The Whiskey River Band is an original Connecticut band, playing what they call "the finest Southern Rock north of Dixie." Texas-born vocalist Tom McLear's style has been described as "Jon Bon Jovi meets Ronnie Van Zant." They were 4-time winners of The New Haven Advocate's (CT A&E paper) "Best Of" for Southern Rock/Country music - by enough of a landslide to cause them to retire the category for several years. Although they primarily play Southern and Classic Rock, they also incorporate Blues, Funk and Soul into their sets. Over their 20 year career, they've shared the stage with bands like Charlie Daniels, The Outlaws, .38 Special, Johnny Winter, Marshall Tucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Doobie Brothers.

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Media reviews include:

"A blitz of melody and harmony, reminiscent of the Allman Bros. They boogie with the best."
- Meriden (CT) Record-Journal

"Fans of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Outlaws will love this band." - Relix Magazine

"One of the region's noteworthy sextets. Tour de Force musicianship!" - Torrington (CT) Register

"These guys are the consummate party band...Be prepared to have a great time."
- The New London (CT) Day

"They are the real hear influences of Ronnie-era Skynyrd and Blackfoot, yet, they are from Southern New England!"


Northern Lights In The Southern Skies, 1991

It's About Time, 1997

The Whiskey River Band's music is currently on heavy rotation on internet-based stations (3 songs in their Top 100) and and on podcasts throughout the world.


Live Concert:

Set List

We prefer to do our own original music. We can also perform an evening of cover material when need be. Our repertoire includes:

Lynyrd Skynyrd
What’s Your Name
You Got That Right
Workin' for the MCA
That Smell
Mr. Breeze
Simple Man
I Ain't The One
I Know A Little
Sweet Home Alabama

Jonathan Edwards

The Band
Up On Cripple Creek
The Weight

Marshall Tucker Band
Take The Highway
Heard It In A Love Song

J. Geils Band
Give It To Me
Ain’t Nothin’ But A Houseparty

ZZ Top
Fool For Your Stockings
Heard It On The X
Drivin While Blind

Blues Image
Ride Captain Ride

The Doors
LA Woman

The Eagles
Take It Easy
Life In The Fast Lane

Allman Brothers
No One Left To Run With
Ain't Wasting Time No More
Statesboro Blues