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Founded in 2011 River Notes House Concerts hosts incredible musicians whose talents we truly believe in and hope to propel their success. Below is a list of RNHC Hall of Fame.

Trapper Schoepp & The Shades

On October 23, 2014 River Notes House Concerts hosted a concert featuring Trapper Schoepp & The Shades at O'Connor Brewing. Trapper Schoepp is described as having the ear of a troubadour, the eye of a journalist, and the heart of a young poet. The group has been featured in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, and Alternative Press; The Huffington Post has even called Trapper Schoepp "a master storyteller." If you weren't there, you really missed out on an amazing show!

Learn more about Trapper Schoepp & The Shades at www.TrapperSchoepp.com


Mike Aiken

River Notes House Concerts was so grateful to host Mike Aiken & Band. While there was a chill in the air, Mike Aiken, Amy Aiken & Rich Eckhardt ignited the stage and our souls.

Mike Aiken at River Notes House Concerts

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Mike Aiken at River Notes House Concerts

Mike Aiken's CD Release Show for 

River Notes House Concerts presented Mike Aiken. If you are familiar with Aiken we need not say more. However, if not you should know Aiken's style is Americana, Country & Roots with an Ocean View coupled with honest songwriting derived from a lifetime of entertaining stories from both land and sea. He is known for engaging his audiences and creating a "back porch" experience. This is an intimate show with limited seating available. We are anticipating this show to fill fast so reserve your seats soon.
Mike Aiken Playlist

About Mike Aiken

Americana and roots music have evolved over the years, embracing the influences of Folk, Bluegrass, Blues and old time Country. The common denominator is the songwriter who writes with integrity and honesty about his/her experiences. In 1997 Mike Aiken sailed his floating home to the Chesapeake Bay, in Virginia, with a sea chest full of stories earned from years sailing abroad. As a songwriter he put pen to paper and started to draw on his colored and colorful life, from his self-sufficient farming days, raising animals and shoeing horses, to the last 20 years spent sailing/living aboard his sailboat including crossing oceans and being a licensed USCG captain.

While extensively touring in the US and Europe and sailing his boat across the Atlantic to distant ports, Mike has never stopped developing his entertaining style. Over the years Mike has developed a loyal and global audience. His musical style has broad appeal as it seamlessly reaches into various styles - Folk, Country, Rock and Roots. Mike engages his audience and creates a “back porch” experience. 

Aiken may well have been born in the wrong century. Mike’s inner sense of chivalry oozes from every track on CAPTAINS & COWBOYS, his sixth studio album on Northwind Records.  As the title track says, "Save the babies, kiss the ladies, having drinks with my friends" is a code he lives by.  Aiken has drawn tales - and hope - from "trail riders, aging rodeo champs, sea captains, Rastafarians and outlaws on the lamb" and crafted a disc that draws the threads of these independent spirits together. 

This is the first effort on which Aiken opted for outside production assistance, enlisting the talents of Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites) and Ben Strano (Jack Sundrud/Poco).  The result gives the listener a remarkably clear vision of Mike as an artist. "Dan and Ben really 'got' the appeal that old silver screen heroes, singing cowboys and swashbuckling sailors have always held for me," Mike notes.  "That gave me the freedom to focus on the songs," he adds.  It also allowed him to "gel" with the other pickers on the project.  Players like Dan Dugmore on pedal steel (James Taylor, Little Big Town), Tammy Rogers on fiddle and mandolin (Grammy-nominated SteelDrivers), the multi-talented Michael Webb on accordion, bass, B3 (Poco) and Michael Grando on drums (Todd Snider, Chris Knight) left their comfort zones behind and played fearlessly without a net.  Aiken brought his carefully honed talent by adding his signature acoustic, awesome electric slide and his baritone guitar to the mix. 

With the warmth of Lightfoot, the earthiness of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the unerring timing of Billy Joe Shaver, Aiken's vocals are uninhibited on his own sweetly vibrant "Virginia" and Country Joe McDonald's poignant lament "Save The Whales."  The title track crackles with a longing for the old West and the open sea, while the earth-shattering "Coal Train" (Mike Aiken, Larry Berwald)sadly outlines the destruction of our shrinking Appalachian mountains. "Get Down River" (Brian Henneman) highlights the challenges of living hand-in-hand with Mother Nature, while Aiken's "Bring Out The Bourbon" recalls late night communions with ex-pats found around the globe.  Other writers contributing to the project include: Tim Buppert, Michael Burton, Austin Cunningham, Brad Davis and Steve Williams. "The album was two years in the making.  I'd written many tunes during that time but not many made it onto this record.  They weren't bad, but the fit wasn't right," he adds.

Whether light-hearted or soul-searching, Mike Aiken’s inspirations and talent come together on this seminal CD and should move Mike to the forefront of the Americana/Roots movement.  So saddle up, put sail to the wind and enjoy this ride with him.

More Info on Mike Aiken at www.mikeaikenmusic.com



December 15th, 2012 BiG WiDE GRiN


“Take three supremely talented performers, throw in a generous portion of intelligent and heartfelt songwriting, add a dash of wit and charm, then sit yourself down to a spellbinding evening of top notch entertainment with BiG WiDE GRiN… guaranteed to put one on every face.”  BJ Leiderman, theme composer, National Public Radio

This bi-coastal trio of Elaine Dempsey, Lawrence Lambert and Karl Werne, from California and Virginia, bring diverse backgrounds of experience, music, and theater together to form a rich, soulful blend of character and deep harmony.

They are constantly on the move at festivals, concert series, or select house concerts and have shared the stage collectively with such artists as Janis Ian, Harriett Shock, Lowen & Navarro, Richie Havens, and Bruce Hornsby. They have toured with legendary blues man, Keb Mo.

BiG WiDE GRiN is currently recording tracks for their 4th CD, expected this year. Their previous releases are receiving increased worldwide airplay and they truly sparkle in a live setting. They each have a unique musical style and all three contribute original material to their set lists. They all play a variety of instruments that they pass around during their concerts – guitars, bass, banjo, mandolin, strum stick, and djembe. They trade off lead vocals and their 3 part harmonies are as beautiful as they are precise.

Their three different personalities create an on-stage chemistry that draws people in and they are natural entertainers: very warm and connected, very real and often, very funny. It is not unusual to see their audience laugh, cry, sing and dance at their concerts. Their music is moving, their message is powerful and they somehow succeed in making even the most jaded audience member feel appreciated and joyful. The best part is that it is 100% sincere. At the end of the evening when people sign up for their email list, BiG WiDE GRiN is not just collecting loyal fans but adding to their growing extended family.

“BiG WiDE GRiN… Good singing. Great songs and the hardest working band in folk music.”  
Keb Mo

“BiG WiDE GRiN is well named. Their groove and their vibe will put a big smile on your face and in your heart.”  Freebo


Jesse Terry, Lizanne Knott & Michael Logen

September 7th, 2012 River Notes House Concerts hosted a concert featuring Singers in the Round with Jesse Terry, Lizanne Knott & Michael Logen

Jesse Terry, Lizanne Knott & Michael Logen at River Notes House Concert

Truly a magical night with Singers In The Round Jesse Terry, Lizanne Knott & Michael Logen. Jesse Terry is a New York based singer-songwriter. Jesse recently completed his second full-length LP “Empty Seat On A Plane” with acclaimed producer/engineer Neilson Hubbard (Kim Richey, Glen Phillips, Matthew Perryman Jones). Lizanne Knott is a long standing member of the Philadelphia music scene. Lizanne has been captivating audiences throughout the US and garnering accolades from radio listeners and peers around the globe. Michael Logen is based out of Nashville. Michael's music intertwines the poetry and lyrical depth of the folk tradition with the infectious melodies and subtle grooves of a modern pop singer/songwriter.


March 30th, 2012 River Notes House Concerts hosted a concert featuring Greg Trooper.

Greg Trooper is a singer/songwriter who has released 11 albums since 1986. Raised in the shore town of Little Silver, NJ he became enthralled by the greater New York area’s rich music scene. He discovered a sort of holy musical trinity in the work of Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams, with their guiding lights of passion, literary dexterity and plainspoken honesty. It’s one reason Trooper’s music feels equally informed by Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Nashville twang.

Listen to a Track from Greg Trooper's album Upside-Down Town

They Call Me Hank” – MP3 format



Concert Comments:

We so enjoyed Greg Trooper’s concert at your house on Friday. Besides being an excellent writer and performer, Greg’s personality lends itself to the intimate, relaxed setting you provided.

What a wonderful evening – good music, humor, fellowship beside the river under the evening sky. The slight chill in the air was dissipated by the warmth of the hosts and performer and the obvious pleasure of the audience.

We appreciate the huge amount of work that goes into producing a house concert. The result appeared seamless thanks to your efforts. We hope that was the successful start of an equally successful series.

Minnie & Lou



Shane Cooley

Shane-CooleyIn 2011 River Notes cohost a house concert featuring Shane Cooley.

Shane's latest CD, West Land, reflects his life on the American road. Partnered with producer Stewart Myers (Jason Mraz, Lifehouse), Shane gives a generous nod to the folk and rock of the 70s, playing most of the instruments himself. The result is an album that Shane calls, "the first record that truly sounds like me." He has also recorded many other full-length albums, EPs, and demos have received worldwide radio airplay on stations such as XM/Sirius and Radio Gets Wild Worldwide.

Sample Shane’s music at: http://shanecooleymusic.com/