Where two rivers meet in Sacramento – the RiverCity – diverse musical influences converge as well. Its vibrant music scene has produced many creative alliances, including the new acoustic group Riverbend Folk Band
Riverbend brings together these four talented musicians, whose rich musical backgrounds flow smoothly together in order to provide a unique musical experience for the listener. They perform some old favorite folk tunes as well as Country, Cowboy and Bluegrass with a fresh new sound for your viewing and listening pleasure. The group envision a bright new future for Riverbend and of course folk music.
The original members of Riverbend Folk Band are Art Morgan and Ron Wilburne, both Art & Ron are former members of the New Christy Minstrels & The Bear Back Riders of America, both groups under the direction of Randy Sparks (founder of NCM.) They have also had the distinct pleasure of being included on two separate occasions, in concerts with Glenn Yarbrough. Ron has also opened for The Fabulous Limeliters.
Riverbend’s third member, Dave Rietz, was fiddle player for a bluegrass band for over 2 years. He followed a slightly different path having begun his musical career as a Theatre Pipe Organist around the Sacramento area. His instruments include organ, fiddle, mandolin, and the Resophonic guitar. He has a wide background in Pop, Swing, Country, Bluegrass and now Folk music. Dave Fajen the 4th member of the group, provides a great foundational bass guitar to complete the group. Dave began playing music in his teens and has played guitar, banjo and dobro for his own pleasure and with friends. He enjoys all types of music, especially folk, blues, rock and country. All songs that are performed are suitable for all ages and are always family-oriented.