by Jessica Wright
South of the River band started in March 2006 at the Sandyville Relay for Life. Now they are playing fairs and festivals all over West Virginia. They have opened up for many national acts like Luke Bryant & Jason Michael Carroll, just to name a few. They are opening for at least three national acts this summer, including Jimmy Wayne at the West Virginia Interstate Fair.
The band members are Austin Clark (lead guitarist & singer), Wyatt McClead (bassist), Tarah Marie (lead vocals & guitar), Adam Spaur (drums), Dana McClead (rhythm guitar). Tarah is the new lead singer and won the WV Colgate Country Showdown in 2008. She brings a new flair and a little spunk to the band.
With musical influences that range from Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert to Lynyrd Skynyrd, the opportunity to showcase their varied musical interests has led to a renewed excitement about performing. They do songs such as “I Love Rock-N-Roll,” “Mary Jane,” “Little White Church,” and “Here for the Party.” They also have originals like a song called “Fairytale.”
South of the River Band will be at WVU Parkersburg on April 29 doing a show in which they are going to be filming a music video. The show will be in the college multi-purpose room. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show starts at 7 p.m.
Clark said they are filming the video to gain some publicity; also the West Virginia Central Credit Union is sponsoring the show. Clark said, “Come out to see us for a great show, you will not be disappointed.”
The WVUP SEA is bringing the band in as a fundraiser so they can bring some more events and fun to the college’s students. Tickets are on sale now for this show costing $2 for all students, faculty and staff, and $5 for everyone else. Tickets will be $5 at the door. Ticket price includes food, as SEA will be hosting a cookout for all ticket holders.
For those wanting an opportunity to be in a music video or just hear a great band, this event will provide such. Tickets can be purchased at the WVU Parkersburg Business Office or at any West Virginia Central Credit Union.
The band will be doing a meet in greet at the end of the show.