Brother James’ RiverTowne Ramblers are a music act focused on mid-to-late-century American music, with a specific focus on early blues.
The RiverTowne Ramblers feature a revolving cadre of some of the Midwest’s best musicians, a veritable "super-group" including playwright and songwriter Joe Gorman (formerly of Big Joe Duskin Band) on guitar, vocals, and keys; Chuck Brisbin (of the Tuna Project) on harp and vocals; and from the Cincinnati Entertainment Award-winning blues band Voodoo Puppet, Greg Roberts on drums, and Brother James on bass.
The group also highlights a rotating guest spot for each performance to add a different flavor to each show. They draw from many different players with a variety of talents, including: vocals, guitar, banjo, trumpet, mandolin, harp, trombone, lap steel, keys, ukelele, saxophone, percussion, and more. For the Cincy Blues Challenge, the featured guest will be Fred Daniell (of The Good’le Boys) on mandolin, guitar, and vocals.
Although the line-up may change and no two performances will be alike, the one constant is The Ramblers’ emphasis on quality and an honest, personal approach to the music, as well as their connection with the audience.
"We do the music that we were raised on. The ROOTS of American music," explains Brother James. "And we try to find the commonalities in these genres, artists, and songs, to explore them: the country side of the blues, the rockin side of bluegrass, the folky side of rock… PURE AMERICANA."