Ancient River is the sonic brainchild of singer/songwriter James Barreto. It all began in the dawn of the year 2000 when Barreto was making frequent trips to Gainesville, Florida to play with his instrumental psychedelic band – The Ohm. Over the next few years he began producing several albums while creating music for local independent films. It was out of this period of musical exploration that Ancient River was born.
Barreto’s house soon grew into a fully-fledged home studio/rehearsal space, where like-minded musicians could be found tirelessly sharpening their wide range of sounds, encapsulating everything from noisy shoegaze to psychedelia to classic Americana. With the addition of Alex Cordova in 2011, Ancient River recorded multiple albums filled with the sounds of timeless American fuzz rock and reverb-soaked garage-psych grooves; an ever-changing snapshot of rock n’ roll and psychedelia, flowing from the swampy roots of the American south to the far reaches of innerspace.
Having just finished up their national tour, Ancient River is coming to Austin for a show at Hotel Vegas on October 21st. You’ll get a chance to preview their upcoming self titled album so be sure to check it out!
Host: Laurie Gallardo
Broadcast Engineer: Cliff Hargrove
Producer: Deidre Gott