Damn, was 2015 a year for RiverRock Music Group. Eric Mayson and Sarah Morris both released amazing music last year, AND both released their albums in September! Oh, and did we mention that RRMG head honcho Eric Blomquist’s wife gave birth to twins in August? Fall was busy.
Sarah Morris’ album “Ordinary Things” had amazing reviews and a great release show at the Cedar Cultural Center. Then she took off for Lincoln Center in NYC earlier this month to perform as a finalist in the NewSong Music Finals (a continent-wide songwriting contest with over 1,500 entrants) and placed in the top four.
Eric Mayson had huge success with “Detail,” starting with an incredible release show at First Avenue’s 7th St Entry. Then he rounded out the year with a #3 ranking in the City Pages Picked to Click contest, the sixth-place spot on the Star Tribune best album of the year list AND a mention as one of the Star Tribune’s best new solo acts of 2015, and an amazing set in First Avenue’s Best New Bands of 2015 show.
Great albums, great release shows, and Eric Mayson and Sarah Morris both had songs that placed in The Current’s top 89 local songs listener poll. Both will have shows all over in 2016 — watch for Sarah all around the Twin Cities and Eric at summer music festivals this year. Both 5-month-old twins are great, too.
Can’t wait to see what 2016’s got.