• notable venues played •
Poodie's Hilltop Roadhouse
Mercer Street Dance Hall
The Backstage at El Mercado
Rye Mountain Revelry began when Eric Madden and his fiddle-playing bride, Anna, packed their two cats and scrappy dog into their Ford pickup and left Nashville heading southwest. The couple took up residence in Austin and came across local producer, Eric McKinney of Wonderland Studios, whom with over the next few months they recorded their self-titled debut EP. During the production process, the Maddens joined up with Austin bassist and songwriter, Barrett O’Donnell, who would join the outfit full time. Upon discovering that both E. Madden and O’Donnell were native sons of the Bluegrass State, a bond and friendship developed. Over the next year, the trio spent much time arranging new material and tightening up their repertoire.
Shortly before the trio decided to take their act to the stages of Central Texas, the band joined with several other musicians who were as excited about the music as they were. Joining the group at times and in different arrangements has been Kody Wahlert (banjo) and Tony Rincon (pedal steel) as well as other sit-in players including percussion elements and mandolin.
The band describes their sound as "Cosmic-Appalachian", which brings to mind something twanging on mountain banjos and dobros, but is open-ended enough for expansion. New-grass meets cosmic-country with nostalgic, yet fresh, vocals incorporating styles from folk, country, psychedelic rock-n-roll, and the musings and thought provoking lyrics of Eric Madden, RMR truly shines an original and progressive light on a blend of music not native to Texas, but with the delivery and style that might make believers out of the Lone Star State.