The Ries Brothers (pronounced ”Rees”), a duo from Tampa Bay, FL, blend rock, blues, funk, and reggae into a soulful-sophisticated sound. Older brother Charlie (23) sings lead vocals while SIMULTANEOUSLY playing drums and keyboard bass giving the band its unique and full sound. Younger brother Kevin Jordan (20) completes the band’s “sonic creativity” on guitar, provides background vocals and co-writes many of their songs.
The brothers started the year off by playing 2 sold out shows with Stick Figure, one at Jannus LIVE in St. Petersburg, FL and the other on New Year’s Eve at the House of Blues Orlando. In February of this year they opened a sold out show for 311 at the House of Blues Orlando, FL, and soon after they were invited to play 3 shows on the Sold Out 311 Caribbean Cruise which sailed to Belize and Mexico. In the Winter of 2018 they completed a 27-city tour in support of G Love & Special Sauce and finished a second run with G. Love beginning in mid-July, from North Carolina to Maine. In late August they began a two month-long, 18-state, 36 city tour which started on the west coast and ended on the east coast in mid-October. Last spring the boys appeared at the Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa, Fl., SunFest in West Palm Beach, Fl., and the California Roots Music & Arts Festival in Monterey, Ca. They have twice toured nationally as the opening act for the iconic band CHICAGO and did a 15 city tour opening for the late Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers) & The Freight Train Band. Last year the brothers headlined their second show at “The House that Les Paul Built,” the legendary Iridium ion Broadway n NYC, with special guests Byron Isaacs of The Lumineers and Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez, founding member of the E Street Band and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Ries Brothers have also opened for David Cook, Daughtry, Los Lonely Boys, REO Speedwagon, Little River Band, The Edgar Winter Band & The Family Stone among others. They have sold out three headlining shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Murray Theatre in Clearwater, Florida. In the summer of 2013, the boys participated in the exclusive Los Angeles Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project at Ruth Eckerd Hall. In the summer of 2014 the boys were part of the Van’s Warped Tour in Florida. The Ries Brothers were named by The Tampa Bay Times as one of their favorite artists by Creative Loafing as one of their Breakout Artists. They have released 3 EP’s and a Live Concert DVD. They recently finished recording their follow-up album to “The View From The Outside” with legendary producer John Agnello (Sun Volt, Dinosaur Junior, Patty Smythe) which is swcheduled for release this summer.
“Credit goes not only to their humble and hardworking nature, but a talent and sound that’s far beyond their years, blending elements of pop, jazz, blues, classic and alternative rock into a sonic stew that’s palatable for all ages,” says Jay Cridlin, Pop Music Critic, Tampa Bay Times.
“I have to tell you that you never cease to blow my mind! I still can not believe how much music and great playing/singing, compositions, and soloing comes out of the two of you!” says Tris Imboden, Drummer – CHICAGO.
“To say The Ries Brothers have that “special something” is an understatement. Two dudes pushing the limits of funk, pop, and rock. Their sonic creativity pours out through a variety of styles. Moving from one instrument to another, all the while singing, and usually doing several at a time, all the while sitting in the pocket and having such soul. Music is in their bones. Sharing the stage with them was an inspirational blast,” says Patrick Wilson, Tony Award Nominee and Golden Globe Award Nominee, actor and musician.
Live Video from their Sold Out Show at The Murray Theatre in Clearwater, Fl
“What sets the brothers apart from other young bands is their unique onstage dynamic — Kevin, 16, plays guitar; and Charlie sings lead vocals while drumming and playing a bass line on the keyboard. If that setup sounds hard to imagine, it’s probably because no one else really does it”.-Jay Cridlin, Pop Music Critic, Tampa Bay Times