Sugarlands Spirit Stage
Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats
Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats formed in Asheville NC as a street busking project in late 2011. Revered for their high energy live shows, dynamic musicianship & Scotchie’s larger than life stage presence, the band has continued to craft their hard driving style of rock & blues and are dedicated to building their musical family everywhere they go. Consistent studio recordings, year round touring, earnest songwriting & sharing show bills with legends such as Sonny Landreth, Blind Boys of Alabama, Drivin N Cryin and Bettye Lavette has made Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats one of the industry’s must-watch bands.
Ashleigh Chevalier fuses her own brand of roots rock and funky jam blues with genre bending powerhouse vocals and a fiery, unforgettable stage performance. Supported by an all-star band, Chevalier never ceases to amaze and captivate audiences.
Chevalier's first album, From the Soles, produced by Grammy Winner Jon Carroll, received a nomination for "Contemporary Folk Album of the Year" in Washington D.C.'s Washington Area Music Awards. With special guests like Jon Carroll (Starland Vocal Band, Mary Chapin Carpenter), Hunter Wolfe (Born Crooked), and international saxophonist Ron Holloway (Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi, Dizzie Gillespie), the album pleases all who hear it.
Since her release, Chevalier has performed across the Mid Atlantic Region a guest performer and with her band: The Hamilton in D.C., The Recher Theater in Maryland, The Tally Ho Theater (Leesburg), Smokehouse Live, The State Theater in Culpeper, The Southern in Charlottesville, The Tin Pan in RVA, Clementine's in Harrisonburg, Gypsy Sally's in D.C., Hill Country BBQ in D.C. , The Virginia State Fair, and various festivals and events. To date, she has opened twice for BMA Winners Devon Allman, Samantha Fish, Jarekus Singleton, as well as supporting Kansas, and The Sam Grow Band. She has shared the stage with members of James Brown's Fabulous Jewels, Devon Allman, Modern Yesterday's Andrew Hellier, Steve Jarrell from The Prophets, Billy Hancock, and Dave Elliott (Little Feat, Danny Gatton), legendary blues man, Linwood Taylor, and The Bobby Thompson Project.
Burnin' Down, Chevalier's next album will be released Fall 2016 following the release of two singles. Chevalier is touring to support her two singles and new album for 2016.
Chevalier is a love activist with a pay it forward attitude. She believes strongly in equality for all, eating what is good for ya, respecting the Earth and all parts in and on it, as well as just being nice. She considers herself a-political, though some may find her opinionated about being nice.