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THE IAN RIDENHOUR BAND Appearing Sat Aug 25th 2018 at 8pm

$10 in advance

$12 at the door

“In days past, I have actually made a living trying to pick artists who would step out from the crowd, break free of the clutter, and create their own place in the music firmament. Ian is such an artist.”
— Bob Hinkle, former personal manager for Etta James,
 The J. Geils Band, Harry Chapin and others

It seems like almost yesterday, when a special guest was announced during one of our big extravaganza benefit events.  A very very young teenager had just moved down to Black Mountain and the musicians on stage invited him up to join them on a couple of songs.    This skinny kid set down at the drum kit and proceeded to blow the audience and other musicians away.   He then took the keyboard and brought down the house. 

   That kid was Ian Ridenhour.

That "kid" is now a young man writing and playing some of the finest music you will hear anywhere.

White Horse has enjoyed watching Ian blossom and grow and expand his musical horizons.   His songwriting, his vocals, his keyboard playing are superb and point to a long and bright future for this talented musician.

His music videos have won rave reviews and placed first at the Asheville Music Video event against to some really heavy competition.

This fall,  Ian is going off to the prestigious Berklee College of Music to further his music career.

 Send him off in style at his farewell concert! 
He'll be playing songs off all three of his albums, reaching back to some of his earliest pieces

“Accurate comparisons to Ben Folds Five this side of “Erase Me” aside, the music that Ridenhour continues to put out rides the line between both radio-ready and uncannily individualistic. ”
— PopMatters,

“[Ridenhour’s] writing is pop-savvy and smart; his performances are dynamic, with hooky melodies, frenzied riffs and kinetic, danceable energy.”
— Mountain XPress, 9/27/2016

Ian Ridenhour writes smart, piano-driven alternative rock music with pop sensibilities and a dark streak, or as Sav Buist of The Accidentals puts it: “like Jack White and Ben Folds had a baby.”

After establishing himself in North Dakota fronting his own band and playing with others like Tigirlily (winning a North Dakota Music Award at age 14), Ian moved to the Asheville, NC area, where he developed a devoted following.

 His first album, Quietly Making Noise, was followed in 2016 by Cry About It, a dark pop-rock tour de force that juxtaposes infectious hooks and complex arrangements with raw, real-life lyrics that engage with the psyche’s shadowy side. The video for “Dancing Children,” one of the two vanguard singles from Cry About It, won top honors at the 2017 Music Video Asheville Awards.

Ribcage, the new EP, is forthcoming in January 2018. Recorded at Echo Mountain Studios and produced by Nomatic Studio, the album features the talents of Jacob Rodriguez and Justin Ray (of Michael Buble), Asheville artist Brie Capone, and others. “

You Help Me Fall Asleep,” the first single off the album, will be released on December 1, 2017 with an accompanying video produced by All Around Artsy.

Bolstered by his powerhouse band, Ian’s performances are, as the Mountain Xpress says, “dynamic, with hooky melodies, frenzied riffs, and kinetic, danceable energy.” As well as playing festivals across the southeast and headlining listening rooms in western North Carolina, Ian has shared the stage with The Accidentals, BJ Leiderman, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Third Eye Blind, among others.

PopMatters says that Ian is “easily one the more diverse piano-centered rock acts of modern times,” which is perhaps what jazz legend Jimmy Cobb meant when he said of Ian, “in a couple of minutes, he’s gonna be a monster.”