From my story for Asheville Grit about Andrew Scotchie and The River Rats:
Andrew Scotchie’s band The River Rats was little more than a sideline project when he first got the group together about two years ago.
But with regular gigs, a recording and Scotchie’s driving passion, the band has cemented its musical identity since then and this past summer, The River Rats won a Charlotte band competition. Their prize – a trip to California for a Nov. 4 awards ceremony at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood.
The red carpet treatment – and a couple of gigs around Los Angeles – has Scotchie and his bandmates poised for their next big break. They’ve signed on with their first booking agency. They’re planning a second record. And they’re working out details of a tour.
It’s all heady stuff for 21-year-old Scotchie (and his similarly aged band members), who says he just wants to “keep it as real as possible.”
“I want to keep connecting with people through music. I still have a lot to learn, but this is my passion – spreading the gift of music,” Scotchie said in a recent interview.