RILEY ROAD

What started as an experiment has developed into the area's most dynamic blues rock trio. By skillfully weaving point and counter-point into “off measure” time signatures, Nick Cianci, Brandon Walker and Isaiah Weatherspoon make up the band known as RILEY ROAD.

RILEY ROAD’s members were brought together through the efforts of Erin Riley, founder of Phoenixville’s Rock and Roll After School (RRAS) program.  Drummer Isaiah Weatherspoon and bassist Brandon Walker joined with Nick Cianci, a long time student of the Downingtown School of Rock, in Fall 2010 to form a blues rock based trio. 

The diversity of these three musicians is their greatest strength, with each one bringing a different skill and perspective to the band.  On lead guitar and vocals, Nick Cianci channels the spirit of many of the great blues artists of the past.  Close your eyes and you will hear Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, B.B. King and Buddy Guy.  From a blistering fury of guitar riffs to the controlled patience of a single sustained note, Nick combines his many influences into his own unique sound.   Building the foundation to support this energy is the rock solid rhythm section held together by bassist Brandon Walker and Isaiah Weatherspoon on the drums.  Isaiah’s proficiently executed, syncopated fills reminiscent of the likes of Simon Phillips or Steve Gadd, are complimented by the thunderous bass line of Brandon Walker, ala the great Jack Bruce.

RILEY ROAD has successfully broken into the suburban Philadelphia music circuit with their masterful combination of original music and carefully selected cover material.  Be prepared to be “blown away” by this energetic trio.  Look for RILEY ROAD coming to a venue near you.

Contact the band at RileyRoad@comcast.net.

  


 

 

 Nick Cianci - Guitar and Vocals

Nick Cianci drives Riley Road’s music with his creative, effortless guitar leads, as well as the lead vocals for the band.  Nick also takes on the leadership role in writing the lyrics for the band’s original songs.

Nick starting playing guitar at age 9 and studied and performed at the Downingtown School of Rock from 2007 to 2014.  He  played for three years on the school’s “D” Team house band, and toured wuth the School of Rock East Coast All Stars in 2011 and 2012.  He has also played twice on stage with national recording stars bluesman Albert Castiglia and blues-rock sensation Davy Knowles.  His second gig with Knowles was to a sold out World Café Live on New Year’s Eve 2009 where they blistered a fourteen minute long version of “Cortez the Killer”.  Nick’s influences include Eric Clapton, Cream, Peter Green (original Fleetwood Mac), Govt Mule, the Allman Brothers, BB King, Buddy Guy, and John Mayer .

 

Isaiah Weatherspoon  Drums

Isaiah Weatherspoon not only provides the rock solid rhythm for the band, but also provides much of the enthusiasm and energy.  His animated style on stage often grabs the spotlight.  Isaiah is a left-handed drummer who plays a right-handed set, which contributes to his unique style.  He is very quick and extremely creative on the drum set, often producing innovative sounds by combining several percussive instruments.


Isaiah is a self taught drummer who started playing at a very early age.  He was a participant in Phoenixville’s RRAS program at its inception in 2009.  Isaiah credits gospel music for much of his influence, as well as Tony Royster, Ronald Brunner Jr, Steve Jordan, ?uest Love, and Mark Dicciani. 


 Brandon Walker -  Bass

Brandon Walker on bass guitar provides a smooth, solid foundation to Nick’s guitar leads and Isaiah’s rhythm tracks.  He also provides much of the technical support for the band.  He is experienced with many computer based music software applications including PRO TOOLS,  SONAR and REASON, and frequently records the band during practice sessions.  He is a skilled soundman and produces most of the recorded tracks on the web. 

Brandon started with piano at an early age, switched to guitar, and settled on the bass at age 12.   He studied and performed at both the Downingtown School of Rock (where he met Nick) and the Phoenixville RRAS Program (where he met Isaiah) from 2009 to 2014.  Brandon’s musical influence started with the classic rock and hard rock bands, such as Aerosmith, Bad Company, CCR, Pink Floyd, Motley Crue, Led Zepplin, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Rolling Stones and more recently progressive bands, such as Them Crooked Vultures, Tool and Sound Garden.  His influences come from many of the great bassists including the Roger Waters, Flea, Les Claypool, and Victor Wooten. 


Thanks to those who have come out and supported us at the following venues:

  • Dec 10, 2010, RRAS Showcase, Franklin Commons, Phoenixville
  • Dec 29, 2010, Steel City Coffeehouse, Phoenixville
  • March 18, 2011, Chaplins Music Cafe, Spring City, Young Stars of Chaplins
  • April 15, 2011, Chaplins, Spring City with Nicole Zell and Zarephath
  • April 21, 2011, Episcopal Academy Battle of the Bands (1st Place), Newtown Square
  • May 18, 2011, Fernfest, Steel City, Phoenixville
  • May 22, 2011, Phoenixville Restaurant Street Festival
  • June 5, 2011, Malvern Memorial Parade with the Stumble Down the Mountain Boys
  • June 19, 2011, Kerr Park, Downingtown with Keepers and Emberway
  • June 24, 2011, Malvern Burke Park, Movie at Dusk
  • June 25, 2011, Boardstock Battle of the Bands (1st Place), Benefit for Upper Merion Skate Park, King of Prussia
  • June 29, 2011, Steel City, Phoenixville with the Jef Lee Johnson Band
  • Aug 19, 2011, Malvern Burke Park, Movie at Dusk
  • Aug 20, 2011, Chaplins, Spring CIty with Josh Granese and Clear Mind Grey Skies
  • Sept 10, 2011, Phoenixville Blues Festival, Reeves Park with Porkroll Project, Flamin Harry, HotLanta, Miss Melanie and others                                                                          
  • Sept 24, 2011, Great Valley High School Sports Night, Malvern
  • Oct 1, 2011, Spring City Music and Market Festival, Spring City

  • Oct 1, 2011, Upper Merion Skate Park Benefit, King of Prussia, with McRAD and the Noid

  • Oct 7, 2011, Steel City, Phoenixville with Blue Bizness

  • Oct 12, 2011, Phoenixville HS Battle of the Bands (1st place) Red Cross Benefit, with The Loser Club

  • Oct 14, 2011, Hard Rock Cafe, Philadelphia with Keepers

  • Nov 14, 2011, In the Groove Battle of the Bands, MaGuffin Theatre, Philadelphia
  • Dec 28, 2011, Riley Road and Friends Holiday Extravaganza, Steel City, Phoenixville, with Jay Davidson, Zig Zeller, Nicole Zell, Jesse O'Brien, J. R. Atkins, Mike Vermeil, Jenny Founds, Mike Haldeman, Jack Rickenbach, Tom Rickenbach, Lee Stanford, Charlie Wedermeyer, Dave Monahan and Doug Walker  
  • Jan 29, 2012, Dawson Street Pub, Philadelphia with Keepers
  • Feb 17, 2012, World Cafe Live, Queen Theatre, Wilmington, DE
  • Mar 23, 2012, Chaplins, Spring City, with The Porkroll Project
  • April 29, 2012, Alibis Cafe, West Chester
  • May 18, 2012, World Cafe Live, Queen Theater, Wilmington, DE
  • June 9, 2012, Private Party  
  • July 7, 2012, Riley Road EP Release, Steel City, Phoenixville, with Tom McCaffrey
  • Aug 17, 2012, Chaplins, Spring CIty with Josh Granese and Dylan James & Co.
  • Aug 21, 2012, Eagleview Summer Concerts on the Square, Exton with Toy Soldiers
  • Aug 23, 2012, Beta HiFi Emerging Music Competition - 1st Round, World Cafe Live, Philadelphia
  • Aug 26, 2012, Beta HiFi Emerging Music Competition - Finals (1st Place), World Cafe Live, Philadelphia
  • Sept 7, 2012, Vanity Fair Outlets Heritage Sale Battle of the Bands (1st Place), Reading
  • Sept 8, 2012, Phoenixville Blues Festival, Reeves Park, with Blue Bizness, Deb Callahan Band and others
  • Sept 8, 2012, Chameleon Club, Lancaster with Igneous, The Late Crowd, Saint Sycamore, and Dylan James & Co 
  • Sept 16, 2012, at Steel City with Oli Brown
  • Oct 13, 2012, 6th Annual Spring City Music and Market Festival,
  • Nov 8, 2012, World Cafe Live, Philadelphia with The Great American Novel and special guests Dylan James, Mike Bailer and Second Child
  • Dec 27, 2012, Soundstage on WCHE 1520 AM, Live interview and music
  • Dec 29, 2012, Riley Road and Friends Holiday Festivus at Steel City with Brittany Robey and Second Child 
  • January 25, 2013, 8 pm, World Cafe Live at the Queen - Wilmington with The Districts
  • February 1, 2013, International Blues Challenge, Beale Street, Memphis, TN Representing the Steel City Blues Society
  • Feb 23, 2013, The Fire, Philadelphia, with Second Child and Ashton John  

  • March 15, 2013, World Cafe Live Philadelphia with Rivers Monroe and The Reflexes
  • April 5, 2013, Chaplins, Spring City with Eric DiSanto and Michael Blaise.
  • May 17, 2013, The Nail, Ardmore, with Brothers and Sisters
  • June 1, 2013, Private Graduation Party - Great Valley HS
  • June 14, 2013, Dave and Busters, Philadelphia, with Modern Colour and AllyCat, The Jawn and The Good Excuses
  • June 15, 2013, Give the Gift of Music Benefit Concert, Franklin Commons
  • June 21, 2013, Malvern Movie Night, Burke Park,
  • June 22, 2013, The Rumble, Pottstown, Memorial Park with the Ameegos
  • June 27, 2013, WCL Wilmington DOWNSTAIRS, opening for New Riders of the Purple Sage!
  • July 6, 2013, Steel City, Phoenixville, with Brothers and Sisters and the Black Ties 
  • Aug 24, 2013, Thomas Mill Summer Music Festival, with the Porkroll Project Blues Band, Jamal Anthony and Roger Girke
  • Sept 7, 2013, Phoenixville Blues Festival with Albert Castiglia, Noah Wotherspoon, Hotlanta, Hoppin John Orchestra, Sean Farley, Dockta D and the Infirmary
  • Oct 4, 2013, Remembering Jef Lee Johnson, Steel City Coffee House, Phoenixville
  • Oct 26, 2013, Phoenixville Pumpkin Festival, 2:00 pm, Main Stage Downtown Phoenixville with the Hytha Fam Band
  • Nov 29, 2013, Downingtown School of Rock, 478 Acorn Lane, Downingtown PA,

  • Nov 30, 2013, The M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave, Philadelphia,

  • Dec 6, 2013, Renaissance Academy Friday Night Live Comedy w/Riley Road, Krempels Theatre, Valley Forge Christian College

  • Dec 28th, 2013, 7pm, Riley Road Annual Holiday Extravaganza with Blue Bizness and 13Mourar, Steel City, Phoenixville, PA

  • Jan 11, 2014, Kennett Flash, Kennett Square PA
  • Feb 2014, Chaplins, Spring City PA
  • April 5, 2014, Devon Prep Battle of the Bands
  • June 7, 2014, Graduation Party
  • July 26, 2014, Farewell Show, Steel City Coffeehouse, Phoenixville PA
  • December 27, 2014, Riley Road Annual Holiday Show, Steel City Coffeehouse, Phoenixville, PA