Winter Out West Tour Wrap Up Article from Virtuosity Magazine
- Kim Carney, Virtuosity Worldwide Arts and Entertainment Magazine : Full Article Here
“...starting to make a name for themselves on the national scene.”
- Garret K. Woodward, Rolling Stone : Full Article Here
"The band creates tight, concise, funky-but-riff-happy songs that are heavy on catchy hooks and singalong choruses."
- Vincent Harris, Greenville SC Journal
"There’s no true notion of regional blues without Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, led by the wunderkind of the local scene. Scotchie is a soulful cyclone of a performer nurtured in the classic-rock oeuvre who, at only 23 years old, produces the local festival Asheville Barnaroo and leads his vibrant crew on a near-constant touring schedule"
- Austine Miller, Bold Life Magazine: Full Article Here
"Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats’ second studio album "We All Stay Hungry" marks an elemental step forward in the band’s hard-driving sound"
- Kyle Sherard, WNC Magazine
"Scotchie's vocals adhere to a classic blues style complete with the occasional shouts that would make James Brown proud"
- Ted Kendrick, Asheville Current
“Delivered as if on a platter made of rust and steel, Scotchie’s music borrows from the grit of the Rolling Stones. He and The River Rats bind it with elements of old school soul and Lightnin’ Hopkins blues into a rhythm that rocks with purity.”
- Tom Netherland, Bristol, TN Herald
"At only 25, Andrew Scotchie has a thriving music career both on stage and behind the scenes — a Western North Carolina figurehead who tours nonstop with his high-octane band the River Rats. The guitarist/singer/songwriter calls the group’s current work, Family Dynamo, “the album we’ve been dreaming of making” — a group of heavily road-tested songs, all originals. Though the record contains everything from garage rockers to acoustic ballads to psychedelic excursions, the songs fade into one another and the album is meant to be played front to back, says Scotchie, “just like the vinyl we grew up loving."
"Not that I haven’t seen my share of The River Rats, but their new album, Family Dynamo, represents a massive step forward in the band’s evolution. It’s a record that has been quickly embraced by new and old fans alike."
"Family Dynamo is more than a love letter to the rock genre. Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats have taken the quintessential driving rhythm of the 70s & 90s sound and made it current. Mixed in with the almost early Black Crowes sound is a brilliant nod to the funk and blues genres. With accessible lyrics & themes that dig right into your psyche, these songs stuck in my brain & pierced my heart."
- Barbie Angel