Press Bio for CRFB

Posted by Cree Rider on November 11, 2015 News | | No comments

The Cree Rider Family Band is rooted in a country music sound, with elements of folk, americana and rock n’ roll. One part Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, one part Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the Family Band stays true to its own instincts to create a modern honky-tonk country sound that is rooted in tradition but firmly planted in the here and now. Vocals and harmony are a focus, but the full band expertly compliments each song. Known for their energetic and engaging live shows, the Cree Rider Family Band has been called a “subversive country band that wears its heart on its sleeve. You’ll dance, cry, laugh, and sing along.” Cree Rider Family Band has had songs placed episodes of Justified, True Blood, Bloodline, John Leguizamo’s Comedy Special Ghetto Klown, as well as other television shows and independent films.

Born and raised in St. Louis, MO., well traveled songwriter Cree Rider has spent time living and playing music in San Francisco, CA (where he co-founded the acoustic folk group Misisipi Rider in 2006 with fellow songwriter Misisipi Mike Wolf; and also his ruckus-y washboard driven group The Mission Three, with washboard and harp player Jimmy Sweetwater), and Brooklyn, NY (where he founded the original Cree Rider Band in 2011) before finding his way back home to St. Louis in 2012 and starting the Cree Rider Family Band. While living on the west coast, Cree met his future wife and current bandmate and singing partner, Cheryl Wilson. Cree and Cheryl handle most of the singing and songwriting duties, along with Andy Coco on bass guitar and backup vocals, Jordan Heimburger on lead guitar, and Russel McCanless on drums.