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Blue River Baby

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Kia ora Blue River Baby (B.R.B) are a charting 6-piece funk dub & soul collective out of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Thrilling audiences since 2016 this crew brims with fresh talent who guarantee to have you moving.

The bands first album was recorded with Dr. Lee Prebble who's worked with the likes of L.A.B. and The Black Seeds. This first album hit #1 on the NZ Indie (IMNZ) Top 20 Album Chart and #8 on the Official NZ Music Top 20 Album Chart, holding three weeks in both charts alongside the likes of L.A.B. , Six60, BENEE, Drax Project, Troy Kingi, Katchafire, Aldous Harding and many more epic Kiwi acts.

They’ve also received a bunch of ongoing commercial and student radio play around NZ 2019 and into 2020. In March 2020 BRB re-entered the (IMNZ) Top 20 Album Chart at #12
In late 2020 their track Vigilante Panda went viral on Tiktok clocking 425,000 plays in the US plus 68,000 views and counting on YouTube.

Their single Blackyard Town was selected by Radio Active as their NZ top 11 hit pick. Music from the Album has been featured on Radio NZ with Jesse Mulligan and The Hits Nationwide.

Travelling with a sound environmental message BRB Achieved a World 1st by releasing their Debut Album on 100% re-used CD Cases.

With the fab new line-up of Ree Thompson vocals, Cam Crawford keys, Leith Hazlitt-black drums, Matt Fitzpatrick guitar, Henry Smithers bass & John Gualter sax. This crew are working up fresh new tunes with Toby Lloyd from Tiny Triumph Records onboard as producer. Toby has worked with the likes of Shapeshifter, Hollie Smith, Rob Ruha, Nightmares On Wax, Ladi6, Louis Baker, Sea Mouse, Israel Starr and more...

2021 has seen BRB re group and refine their sound, writing new songs and building momentum towards their sophomore album alongside producer Toby Lloyd. The album's first single Pay was recorded in October 2020 at the Surgery Studios Wellington and mastered with Chris Chetland from KOG studio is set for release mid 2021. The next singles which are proven hits with live audiences Green Cones and Mind Reader have been tracked Toby live at Surgery Studios and are now in production with him at Tiny Triumph Records.

Trumpet player Barrett Hocking from the Black Seeds has added his talent to playing on Pay and will also jump on Green Cones and Mind Reader.

- Reviews
FB Shout out on BRB tune Vigilante Panda “SHA SHA SHOOOOOO!!!!!! This is a cool song” Stu Kora - L.A.B / Kora

“Good Vibes Aye!!" ..“I love the save the planet ethos” Estelle Gifford HITS FM

“Today marks the release of Blue River Baby’s new album and it’s absolutely glorious!!!” Maggie Tweddie - Radioactive FM

BRB love networking with other bands and promoters so feel free to contact them about your upcoming show or festival (021) 715 921
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Band Members:
Ree Thomson (vocals)
Cam Crawford (backing vocals, keyboards)
Leith Hazlitt-black (drums)
Matt Fitzpatrick (guitar)
John Gualter (saxophone)
Henry Smithers (bass)

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