“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!” ~ Tris Imboden, legendary drummer , Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Band CHICAGO.
The Ries Brothers (pronounced “Rees”) are a multi-genre powerhouse duo from Tampa Bay, Fl. Their unique set-up allows this two-man group to sound like a full band. Older brother Charlie sings lead while SIMULTANEOUSLY playing drums and keyboard bass. His multi-instrumentalist brother Kevin completes the band’s “sonic creativity” on guitar, background vocals, and four other instruments throughout their riveting live set.
The brothers began 2019 by playing two sold out shows with Stick Figure followed by a sold out show opening for 311 at the House of Blues which led to being invited to hop on the sold out 311 Caribbean Cruise, playing 3 shows while sailing to Belize and Mexico. In spring the boys completed their third tour with G. Love and also played shows with Galactic. 2019 festivals included the Slightly Stoopid Weekend, Summercamp, Guitarfish Festival, and The Big What, all while finishing up the recording of their 2nd album with producer John Agnello, to be released in early 2020. The Ries Brothers are currently on a 45-city coast-to-coast tour with Iya Terra. Prior to this year they toured twice nationally with the iconic band CHICAGO, toured with the late Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers) and have opened for Daughtry, David Cook, The Family Stone, Little River Band, REO Speedwagon, and Los Lonely Boys among others.
The boys’ second album is a follow-up to their debut album “The View From the Outside”. They have also released a live DVD from the iconic Iriidium on Broadway in New York City and have been featured on numerous Sugarshack Session videos, which were recently released as a 6-song EP. The Ries Brothers have been named as a breakout artist by Creative Loafing, a favorite band by The Tampa Bay Times, and were two out of 25 selected from the state of Florida to participate in the exclusive Los Angeles Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project.
“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.
Past Festivals and Tours
• Cali Roots – Monterrey, CA
• SunFest – W. Palm Beach, FL
• Rock The Farm Festival – Lincroft, NJ
• The Freakstomp Music Festival – Butler, OH
• Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Kalamazoo, MI
• Rootfire – Cocoa Beach, FL
• Clearwater Jazz Festival – Clearwater. FL
• Gasparilla Music Festival – Tampa, Fl
• Van’s Warped Tour – St. Petersburg, Fl
• Lake Worth Reggae Fest – Lake Worth, Fl
• Clearwater Sea Blues Festival – Clearwater, Fl
• Garlic Festival – Lake Worth, Fl
• Surrounded By The Sound – S. Carolina
• Mad Beach Block Party – Madiera Beach, FL
• CHICAGO (2 Tours)
• Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band
• G. Love & Special Sauce (25-city tour)
• G. Love (Solo) 2 Tours & Backing Band
• Pacific Dub (36-city tour)
“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