Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats formed in Asheville NC as a street busking project in late 2011. Revered for their high energy live shows, dynamic musicianship & Scotchie’s larger than life stage presence, the band has continued to craft their hard driving style of rock n roll and are dedicated to building their musical family.
Consistent studio recordings, year round touring, earnest songwriting & sharing show bills with legends such as Sonny Landreth, Blind Boys of Alabama, Drivin N Cryin and Bettye Lavette has made Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats one of the industry’s fastest growing rock n roll bands.
Voted the # 1 Rock N Roll band in WNC by Mountain Xpress Magazine 2015, 2016 and 2017
Andrew Scotchie’s festival, Asheville Barnaroo is now 8 years strong and continues to benefit local organizations that are dedicated to inspiring the next generation of musicians. Asheville Barnaroo is now partnered with Asheville Music School and continues to book bands of all genres from all over the country.
The band has performed at legendary venues/festivals such as the Orange Peel, The Mint Club LA, 1904 Music Hall Jax FL, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Columbia SC Blues Festival, Brevard NC Blues Festival, Hard Rock Café ATL GA and more.
The band’s 2nd studio album “We All Stay Hungry” was included in WNC Magazines top 5 summer albums in 2015. In June 2018, they released their third studio album “Family Dynamo”
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Interview with Andrew & Keith
0:38 – Discussion of the Rats Sabbath show at Ambrose West and the set list.
1:04 – Andrew talks about Black Sabbath and how they keep the energy of “Paranoid” for the show.
1:54 – Discussion about the new, original music that they will play during the first set of the show as well as the special guests that join them.
2:50 – Not only is it Keith’s birthday, but the show includes costumes and prizes.
3:35 – Andrew explains how the decision to play Sabbath’s “Paranoid” came about and other bands they first considered.
6:34 – Hear how their practice for the show affected their musicianship.
8:55 – Andrew and Keith discuss the “Paranoid” album, its lyrics, the sound of the album and how they intend to replicate it at the show as well as the message of the album.
13:00 – Discussion of the “Family Dynamo” listening show and Q&A as well as how great Levy was as a moderator.
14:07 – Discussion of the pressing of vinyl and the connection for fans as well as the business of music.
16:57 – Hear Andrew and Keith talk of the fact that it is the first album with Keith in the band and the development of their relationship.
18:22 – Andrew and Keith explain how their gigs in NYC were sponsored by Advil Cold & Sinus.
20:10 – Find out what is coming up for the band.