Folk Magik Presents RIVVRS, Phillip Stone
Fri, Oct 8 at 9pm
After a three year hiatus, RIVVRS returns with brand new album Start Liv- ing; a raw, vulnerable collection of alternative folk songs about the strug- gles that come with addiction, mental health, and sober recovery.
RIVVRS first gained recognition in 2016 with debut single “I Will Follow You” which landed at #3 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart, ultimately gaining more than 15 million streams and garnering multiple features across tv and film; including Netflix Original Film “When We First Met” and the hit NBC show “About a Boy.”
To date, RIVVRS has been featured in more than 75 syncs across the globe; including Reebok, Riverdale, Monday Night Football, Lucifer, Bates Motel, and most recently the Disney+ show “Big Shot” starring John Sta- mos.
After the unexpected death of his mother in 2018, RIVVRS packed his bags and moved back to where he got his roots in Northern California; immediately halting all momentum he had built in Los Angeles. After a struggle with alcohol and depression, a slow transformation began. Marked by an attempt to get sober in 2019, RIVVRS ventured into the stu- dio that year and finished the album mid-pandemic in 2020.
With new LP Start Living, RIVVRS returns to what he knows best; soulful folk music with a message of hope. Accompanied by an all-star band, in- cluding Mason Stoops (Jackson Browne), Dan Bailey (Father John Misty), Joshua Ray Gooch (Shania Twain), and produced by sonic-guru Justin Glasco (Anderson East, The Lone Bellow), the album feels more natural and organic than past releases, marking a new phase for RIVVRS and an attempt to be open and vulnerable to those who may be struggling.
Catch RIVVRS performing solo acoustic across the United States, on tour this Fall. Start Living is expected on October 1, 2021.
Phillip was born in Georgia but resides with his wife in Portland, OR where he runs the two companies he founded: Southpaw Board Co. and The Iron Roots Designs. He began his musical journey at the age of 15 being taught by guitarist, Tom LaMattina. Though a multi-instrumentalist, his preferred instrument is his hand built acoustic guitar modeled after the old blues guitars of the 1920s.
Phillip began writing songs and poems in high school as a much-needed means of expression. Fascinated by Folklore and fiction written to explain the world around us, Phillip writes music with a sense of lore and story. Stories and worlds created to process the struggles and emotions encountered in daily life.
One such world is that of Dark Canyons: Phillip's debut album. The first in a planned series of three concept albums, Dark Canyons is a vast desert where those lost in it must fight the elements, the wild, and their waning hope.
With themes of thirst, desire, being hunted, and closing your eyes at the end of the world, the album is intended to be as encompassing as the Dark Canyons itself.