The Rickshaw Roadshow is a five-piece outfit from the Johnson City, Tennessee area. The band employs the use of wide range of instruments to create a folksy rock and roll sound with a hint of blues. The perfect musical lovechild of The Avett Brothers and The Black Keys, The Rickshaw Roadshow is not just your run of the mill garage band; these guys are serious about their craft and have been building their own unique sound for years.. With no member tied down to exclusively play any one instrument, the amount of instrument swapping that occurs during each show is more than enough to keep the audience engrossed in the performance. Having delved into music at relatively young ages, each of the five members of The Rickshaw Roadshow uses their musical and lyrical experience to craft unique, original tracks that are easy to appreciate.
The band’s debut album was released in February of this year. Two new members have been added since the album hit the streets. Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Austin Barrett shared that the band has “a slew of new songs” and that their sound has become “much more complex but has solidified at the same time”. Barrett also offered, “We like to think of our first CD as a collective of ideas of all of our writing styles. As we all spend more time together and collect more experiences, however, we start to come up with exactly the same ideas”.
The Rickshaw Roadshow is in the studio right now tracking for their second album. Barrett says the band is “very excited for where the sound is going.” I’m sure the fans are just as anxious to get their hands and ears on those new tracks too.
– Bailey Basham