The Riverside originated in Southern California where founding member, Jacob Jeanson (songwriter & guitar), was attending Westmont College in 2012. In his senior year, the band formed in hopes of winning Santa Barbara’s battle of the bands. As an energetic and engaging folk band with foot-stomping musical companions, the group was able to win the competition and release their first album with the winnings.
In the following years, Jake would go on to grow in tasteful and intentional songwriting; a nostalgic yet refreshing charm that leads listeners across a grand frontier of warm and beautiful scenery. In the process, he met his now long-time best friends and bandmates Kristen Posey (KP) and Chase Fierro, whose talent and charm make The Riverside what it is today.
The Salty Suites
Nobody knew it at the time, but The Salty Suites began in early June 2009 when Chelsea Williams, Chuck Hailes, & Scott Gates played together for the first time one magical night at Castoro Cellars in San Luis Obispo, CA. Gods colluded, stars aligned and somehow serendipitously we all found ourselves backstage at a John McEuen concert. Scott and Chuck were playing with Nathen McEuen, the opening act. While Chelsea was there as the opener for the opening act. As luck would have it, we all arrived way too early with far too little alcohol on hand. So, we did the only thing we could think of to pass the time. We jammed. We jammed so hard that the moon had to avert her eyes. The rest is sordid history.