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These Wicked Rivers


Rich Wilson – These Wicked Rivers – Multi instrumentalist/backing vocals/song writer


Who are your musical inspirations and why?

My musical inspirations are quite wide ranging and eclectic. I’m inspired by the greats of rock, blues and soul like Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Brian Jones, Peter Green, Jimi Hendrix and Paul Rodgers to name just a few, But I would have also been influenced as a musician by my folks and friends growing up. My parents would always have music on in the house and would happily walk around singing out loud which probably got me into singing.


Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?

  1. I wrote the song Don’t Pray For Me and gave it to the band when they were first starting out long before I ever joined.

  2. I used to be the frontman of a band called Three Minute Heist, many years ago when Arran was young he asked me if he could audition to play bass for us. I told him he could not as his future definitely had six strings in it.

  3. I’ve done many different jobs in my time but my favourite was doing an apprenticeship in a tattoo studio.


What song of yours best describes you and why?

There is a song on our new album called 'Just to be a Man' which I wrote from my perspective. It looks a little bit about how I see the world and how I see myself so check that song out any budding psychiatrists.


What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?

I think it would have to be Stonedead festival. Probably the biggest crowd we ever played to and there was a lot of love for us out there. We did the signing tent after and one of the staff had to tell me to hurry up as I was taking too long chatting to everyone. The queue was so long we were running over our slot.


If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?

Went to see the Chilly Peppers many years ago at Derby’s Pride Park stadium. When I was there, I looked around the ground and thought one day I’ll be playing here.


What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?

As a band I would say our best achievement to date is our new album Force Of Nature which is out March 1st. It’s a well-balanced selection of great songs. The main aim I would like to achieve going forward is to be able to quit the day job and do the band full time.


What do you like best about being a musician and why?

Music is magic. To be able to evoke emotion in human beings, to be able to bring together complete strangers from all walks of life. These are powerful, beautiful things.


What would your ideal festival line-up be and why?

Hendrix headlines as no one would want to follow him. Other bands on during the weekend are The Eagles, CCR, Free, Led Zeppelin, Blackberry Smoke and Rival Sons. Why, coz I would bloody love it.


What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

You can't please all of the people all of the time



Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

Two sides to that coin. The world is smaller than ever before so you can reach more people using it. Musicians aren’t held hostage by industry gatekeepers as much as they once were. On the other hand its harder now for musicians to make a living as all the streaming platforms have changed the way people consume music.


How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?

It's massively important to stand out and be remembered. There are so many good bands about that style really can start to play a part. I've been in bands all my life and spent many years not dressing up, just rocking the old jeans and band T-shirt. When I started getting dressed up smart to go on stage though it just felt better for some reason, like I was putting on a show.


If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?

Thank you for all of the love and support. Also some of the new songs we are working on will hopefully become some of your favourites.


How would you answer the question Who are These Wicked Rivers?

These Wicked Rivers are a midlands based bluesy southern rock band with beautifully crafted heartfelt songs and a stylish, explosive and emotional stage show.


What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

It was probably the Slam Jam or Do The Bartman because I didn’t know any better.


What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?

Definitely learn at least one musical instrument in your life, it's never too late. It will open worlds of possibility and lead you to many interesting characters. The music industry is a different matter, you need to be just as good if not better at sales than you are at singing.


If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?

To be honest I’ve always wanted to work with a gospel choir. That soulful energy and harmony will always add such depth of emotion to a piece. Whether Rivers will ever write a song that calls for one is another matter.



What has the rest of the year got in store for you?

Very busy year for us. New album out in March so we got in store signings and acoustic shows. In April we are off on our first European tour which we cannot wait for. We do a full UK tour in May which will lead into a few summer festivals and then we will have some more announcements about the last part of the year a bit later on. All of that whilst writing album 3 in the background...

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