River City Ramblers

The brightest, fullest folk music you've ever heard!

Bill Klausman, David Duthie, and Kevin Neil

Bill Klausman, David Duthie, and Kevin Neil

 

Guitar, 5-String Banjo, String Bass, Three Part Harmony Vocals

 

Founded in 1960, critics have acclaimed the River City Ramblers to be "The best to have survived the 60s folk phenomenon, and still going strong today."

Movin' On CD Cover

Movin' On CD Cover

Here are some samples from our brand new CD "Movin' On"

Re-live the fabulous Folk and Bluegrass music scene with the River City Ramblers!  Long associated with such artists as the Kingston Trio, Limelighters and the New Christy Minstrels, the River City Ramblers play the classic good vibe fun songs from the heyday of the fabulous Folk and Bluegrass era of the 1960’s.  Also a novelty song or two, and a few surprises along the way!

Founded in 1960, critics have acclaimed the River City Ramblers to be "The best to have survived the 60s folk phenomenon, and still going strong today."

Bios

Bill Klausman(banjo/vocals), a former member of the New Christy Minstrels, founded the River City Ramblers in 1960.  He started performing at age 6 on the accordion.  After learning that a mistake on accordion sounded terrible but a mistake on a guitar was rock-and-roll, he switched to string instruments as fast as he could.  He sang with the Portland Choirboys, Portland Junior Symphonic Choir, Portland Symphonic Choir, the Seattle Philharmonic Choir, Portland State University's Choir, PSU's Madrigal Singers and PSU's Singing Vikes, with whom he toured with the USO.  He was a member of the Tremolos who recorded his first composition, Just Wanderin, for RCA in 1959; The Meistersingers; 1958 Garage Band; The Westwinds and, of course, the New Christy Minstrels.   He also performed solo gigs in the folk digs of Portland, San Francisco, New London, New York and Hartford.

David Duthie(bass/vocals) has been playing music most of his life, first playing trumpet, baritone sax, and tuba. He took up the string bass when he realized that the tuba wasn’t very good at getting girls. He’s performed many styles of music in nightclubs, concerts, dances, theaters, and jazz festivals throughout the Northwest, Palm Springs, and Phoenix. He was also the bassist in the ship’s band on the cruise ships Empress of the North and Queen of the West. He is a versatile musician with a driving rhythm who has been described as a “powerhouse” bassist. He has over thirty years experience in the music business and currently manages several other groups besides River City Ramblers.

Kevin Neil(guitar/vocals) started playing guitar as a child and has never had the sense to stop.  He has played gigs in Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and as far away as Toronto.  Working in venues ranging from the multi-million dollar resort hotels to blue-collar bars to cruise ships and everything in between, Kevin has maintained a level of income sufficient enough to keep him from living in a van down by the river. His legendary performances have made him a perennial favorite at the local School For The Deaf.   He has performed many styles of music with a wide variety of groups and also performs as a solo act.
One comment that is often heard at his shows is, "Kevin has a great face for radio." Highlights for
him include performing with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and with Stevie Wonder.