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New Orleans musician Sean Riley can make record-worthy music anywhere he goes; in the clubs, in his rehearsal space, in the studio and in his living room to be exact. As leader of Old Riley & The Water, the singer/songwriter has collaborated with his local bandmates as well as friends from out of town to create his debut EP record Biting Through. Recorded at the band’s rehearsal space as well as in the main living space of his Creole Cottage in uptown New Orleans, this collection of Blues songs speaks to love, loss and missteps. Old Riley & The Water is made up of Sean Riley on guitar and lead vocals, along with a fluid cast of excellent New Orleans musicians as well as Joshua Cook on guitar and backup vocals, who also produced the record. Their debut CD is available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, Bandcamp, and Google Play. He attributes his love for the Crescent City for providing him with the motivation to create this project. Music, bookings and a calendar of performances can also be found at oldrileyandthewater.com. “The musicians and people of New Orleans are a major inspiration for me every day,” says Riley. 

    

The songs are all originals with the exception of a Howlin Wolf and Willie Dixon number whose influence of Delta Blues is layered throughout. Riley also mixes in Rock and Soul elements particularly on “Kind-Hearted Woman”. 

QUOTES & REVIEWS:

"OLD RILEY AND THE WATER ARE A SMALLER GRATEFUL DEAD"

NO DEPRESSION 11/18

"(Biting Through) has more than enough raw power. It is blues rock, with equal emphasis on both, and demands some volume."

MICHAEL DOHERTY'S MUSIC LOG

"Fine slide work and authentic sound." 

— BLUES MAGAZINE 11/18

"Suitable for several kinds of parties, this party on a platter knows how to get things started with the proper amount of choogle to light the fire." 

MIDWEST RECORD 11/18

"A fine piece of work...regardless of whether they are playing contemporary blues-rock or keeping it traditional."

BILL WILSON: REFLECTIONS IN BLUE

"hard-hitting, funky blues from a group who all draw from the deep musical wells of New Orleans" 

— DONANDSHERYLSBLUESBLOG 11/18

"A concise collection of bluesy originals." 

— JAZZWEEKLY 11/18

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