River Glen was born in 1989 at Four Mounds, an Indian burial ground, along the Mississippi River (after which he is named). He began his musical career at the age of 2 on the violin. As he grew, his family nurtured his love for music and performance. They formed a family band, The One Hat Band, which had modest beginnings playing street corners in Galena, Illinois before blossoming into the widely-recognized and well-loved folksy-family sound that is now synonymous with the Breitbach name in the greater Dubuque area.
In 2004, River formed his own band, River and the Tributaries. What started as a group of high school buddies quickly evolved into something of a phenomenon: Riv and Tribs became a sensation from the banks of the Mississippi, winning the VEISHA Battle of the Bands, touring nationally and recording two albums between 2004-2009.
River, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, now makes music knowing it is meant for more than just himself. He sings from his soul ’cause it feels right, he raps about issues hidden in plain sight. His music is lyrically driven and blends elements of folk, pop, rock, and hip-hop. River’s performances are extremely honest, heartfelt, humble, and inclusive. His talent and professionalism is serious, yet River is so playful that not even he knows where the music will go in any given show.
You can see River perform May 21 with Joe Stevens at Pittsburgh Winery. Tickets HERE.