The Aquaducks are a hot new funk and jam band based in Nashville, Tennessee. With a quickly- growing fan base, the Ducks are definitely a band to watch. The group has received a great response to their singles “Why Can’t You See,” “New Growth,” and “Fuel the Funk” which were recorded and released in the fall of 2012. The band is currently hard at work having just released their debut self-titled album, and they have been frequently performing live shows through Tennessee,Read More
The Aquaducks are a hot new funk and jam band based in Nashville, Tennessee. With a quickly- growing fan base, the Ducks are definitely a band to watch. The group has received a great response to their singles “Why Can’t You See,” “New Growth,” and “Fuel the Funk” which were recorded and released in the fall of 2012. The band is currently hard at work having just released their debut self-titled album, and they have been frequently performing live shows through Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. Despite the brevity of their career thus far, The Aquaducks have managed to achieve a respectable level of success and harness a number of prestigious accolades. Their public debut as The Aquaducks earned them a victory in the 2012 Battle of the Belmont Bands. Shortly afterwards, they were invited to play at Musicians Corner in Centennial Park – a desirable gig for any upcoming band in the Nashville music scene. The Ducks were also selected by Paradigm Talent Agency as one of only five bands in the city to compete in a Battle of the Bands at the Nashville’s historic 3rd and Lindsley music venue and 8 off 8th at Mercy Lounge. 2013 performances include Hippie Hill Festival, Nomadic Festival, Music Tree Festival, and Music In The Middle Festival, along with an array of popular local shows. The Aquaducks have been featured in a number of online music blogs including No Country for New Nashville, GoodMusicAllDay.com, and The Explorer Mag, as well as Nashville radio station Lightning 100. With an extensive performance history and a devoted fan base, The Aquaducks’ live show is gaining a buzz-factor in the Music City. As they continue to grow and define their sound, The Aquaducks draw on a diverse set of influences and backgrounds. The members of the group hail from a number of cities across the United States including Boston, Massachusetts; Richmond, Virginia; Birmingham, Alabama and St. Louis, Missouri. The lineup includes Creigh Riepe on vocals and keyboards, Zach Sheffler and Thomas Baxter on guitars, Paul Violante on saxophone, Cade Baxter on bass guitar, and Sam Walker on drums. The band met in Nashville, Tennessee as freshmen at Belmont University. After several months of jamming as an unnamed act at house parties and in their spare time, they decided to solidify the band and begin writing their own material. The influences evident in the music of The Aquaducks are every bit as varied as the cities from which the band members came. Funk influences such as Parliament, James Brown, and Sly and the Family Stone are juxtaposed by more modern jam band influences such as the Dave Matthews Band, Phish, and Umphrey’s McGee. The resulting sound is comforting and familiar, while simultaneously unique and refreshing. Their high-energy saxophone-drenched jams consistently leave audiences begging for more. The Aquaducks are still new to the music industry, but show great promise. Their motivation and determination combined with their desire to re-organize popular music is pushing them to their limits. As No Country put it, “Nashville’s party band” puts on a live show “that will make your granny toss her walker to dance”. As anyone who has attended an Aquaducks show may attest, their music is certainly energizing and engaging. They have the ability to get the crowd on their feet and feel the funk coursing through their veins. So keep an eye out for the next show featuring The Aquaducks and tell your friends; you do not want to miss the party.