Takes the Stage:
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Little River Band was the first Australian band to successfully conquer foreign markets from an Australian base.
Within eight months of their birth, LRB had already scored three Australian Top 20 singles and two Top Ten albums. In 1976, after their self-titled debut album was released in the USA, the long grind of 13 US tours in eight years had begun.
By 1982 they became the only act – from anywhere – to have a top ten US single for six consecutive years.
Headlining their own major shows in America, and touring internationally with the likes of the Doobie Brothers, Supertramp, America, Heart, Boz Scaggs, Fleetwood Mac, and The Eagles was a huge learning curve that honed LRB into one of the finest live bands in the world.
Record success ran alongside – total record sales around the world have eclipsed the 30 million mark…16 hit singles by 1985, as well as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum album sales awards. All-told LRB have notched up eight top 10 singles in the US, where two of their songs, Reminiscing and Lady, have more than 9 million radio plays between them.
Through the years LRB has thrived as a highly respected and constantly in-demand outfit, going about their craft with a dedication to excellence and professionalism that few, if any, can match.
The Little River Band of 2015 is stronger than ever and performs over 100 shows a year in the U.S. , Canada as well as abroad.
The band is anchored by American bass player Wayne Nelson, who began his LRB career in 1980. The following year Wayne debuted as lead vocalist on the top ten hits “The Night Owls” and “Take It Easy On Me,” and continues in that role today. Wayne has more years of service than anyone throughout the band’s illustrious history.
Greg Hind (guitars and vocals) has been an integral part of the bands current sound since 2000. Before joining LRB Greg played and sang with many well-known artists including Thelma Houston, Kylie Minogue, and Bachelor Girl.
Rich Herring (guitars and vocals) is a consummate player and Nashville producer. He has produced CDs for Shane McAnally (Curb Records) and Eric Stromer (Jimi Noodles Records), as well as being co-producer on three Little River Band projects since joining the band in 2006…We Call It Christmas, Outback, and Standing Room Only (Sony Records, 2006). His touring credits include a 2-year stint with Steve Holy.
Chris Marion (keyboards and vocals) was born on Elvis’ 27th birthday. After studying music in college, Chris moved to Nashville and began his playing career, with his music garnering nominations for 4 Dove awards from the Gospel Music Assoc. He has toured and recorded with artists like Steven Curtis Chapman, Shenandoah, Brent Lamb, and Keith Longbotham. In 1992, he joined with partner Danny Myrick to form Western Flyer and later worked with artists such as Garth Brooks, The Oak Ridge Boys, Doug Stone, and Charlie Chase.
Ryan Ricks (drums and vocals) is one of those great Nashville musicians who checked out of the business for a few years to be a stay-at-home dad. He had spent many years touring with Loretta Lynn before deciding to get “off the bus”. But a phone call from Rich Herring pulled him back to the road. Having played in bands with Rich before, their reconnection was instant and the band kicked into another gear. His vocal talents complete the picture for LRB, with all five band members singing.
Nelson remarks of the changes “after 30 years, the prospect of looking for American musicians to be part of LRB was challenging but ultimately rewarding. Greg, Chris, Rich, and Ryan are very talented; they respect the history of the band and want to do what’s right for the songs, but they also bring something new to the table with their experience and their versatility. As they settled in and started throwing in new ideas, we all got a new lease of life. We’re having a lot of fun exploring new ways to deliver the songs – still recognizable and powerful, but with new twists that will delight those fans who like to listen deep and analyse. And, in a kind of “back to the future” way, we’re digging into the vaults and rearranging some older songs while collaborating on new material as well.”
July 27th 2013 marked the U.S. release of the group’s newest album project entitled “Cuts Like A Diamond” on Frontiers/Universal Records worldwide and boasts 11 cuts of some of the best work the band has put out in decades. With an undeniable rock/country crossover feel, this album had already caught fire on radio as well as the ears of contemporary country listeners along with the millions of LRB fans across the globe.
From Portland to Fort Lauderdale and New York to LA, fans of the band are treated to an entertaining mix of classic songs and new material, delivered as always with that trademark LRB blend of impeccable vocals, soaring harmonies, kick-ass playing and the unmistakable feeling of a band really enjoying itself.
2015/2016 marks the band’s 40th Anniversary as they continue to perform to capacity crowds across America and beyond, keeping alive the enduring appeal of Little River Band…on CD and in concert.