Riding Shotgun's 3rd album. In stores and available on iTunes Sept 7th!
1. Demon Dog
3. When the Octagon Burned Down
4. Can't Tell
6. Cheeseburger China Cat
7. Far Enough
8. Stop the War
RS @ House of Blues Foundation Room 11/1!
2012 JP MUSIC Fest!
Saturday Sept, 8. Spread the word!
Life Changes and Updates
It's been a crazy summer for the band. Both Joe and Chris welcomed baby boys into the world! After a short break getting to know our spawn, we're getting back to business and looking forward to a busy fall including two great shows in JP and VT.
We're very excited to announce that we'll be joining the lineup at the second annual JP Music Festival on Saturday Sept, 8. Spread the word! Check the shows page for more details.
Busy late winter and Spring
After a relatively quiet end to 2011, we're playing out more now than we have in a while and it feels great! Catch us Mar 16th at Copperfield's Bar in Boston. Spread the word! Check the shows page for more details.
Happy New Year & and New Show Announcement!
Feb 10th, we'll be rocking the Boston House of Blues' Foundation Room once again with 2 sets of high-octane jams. More 2012 bookings to be announced soon. Check the shows page for more details.
Riding Shotgun STS9 Afterparty @ HOB Boston!
Returning to the scene of our CD Release party last year, we'll be laying down 2+ hours of music at the Foundation Room Thurs Oct 20 after STS9 plays the HOB main stage. Check the shows page for more details.
Riding Shotgun Live!
We're heading back to one of our favorite local spots at the Milky Way in JP on Thursday August 25th. Check the shows page for more details. See ya soon!
RS music featured in NASA video
"A Comfortable Silence" off of NightFalls is featured in this new video released by the Chandra X-ray Observatory showing time lapse photography of Astronomy Night on the National Mall:
Chewing gum and booking shows!
...and we're all out of gum.. In the meantime, why not pick up a copy of "Boombox on the Dash"? Grab the mp3's on Amazon and get an extra 20GB worth of space on the Amazon Cloud Drive.
Catch us live at Rosebud this Friday!
New video and a free download!
Riding Shotgun's rendition of "O Holy Night" paired with winter snowscapes. Download the mp3 here!
New Show and a Free Download!
Join us for a galactic good time at Milky Way in JP on Friday December 10. We're joining forces with The Macrotones and Ila Mawana for the first annual "Charity for Youth" concert benefitting Toys for Tots, Sociedad Latina and Roxbury Youthworks. See the shows page for more details.
Check out a review of "When the Octagon Burned Down" from Boston Band Crush - Includes a link to a free download of the track.
Show announcement and reminders...
We'll be joining our good friends from Olyphant along with Supernaut - the Black Sabbath Experience this Friday at Dodge Street Bar and Grill in Salem, MA.
Don't forget this Saturday is the big album release party at the House of Blues Boston Foundation Room Lounge.
Finally, if you haven't heard it yet, "Boombox on the Dash" is streaming in its entirety on this very site. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to write a song or album review on CDBaby or iTunes! Thanks!
Final day of song-a-day streaming - Stream the whole album!
Day 8: "Stop the War" - This is a song I wrote with my dear friend Chris Smith in 2002. Chris was visiting me when I lived in Somerville and we wanted to write a protest song. Maybe this is it.
Days 6 & 7 of song-a-day streaming!
Day 6: "Cheeseburger China Cat" - A song written by our friends, The Don Loans Project. I believe this song is inspired by Bernie Madoff, but also gives a nod to a few other questionable characters.
Day 7: "Far Enough" - My first car had a busted stereo, and a busted driver’s side door. The inside sometimes smelled of cigarettes and chocolate raspberry coffee. Most of the time it didn’t matter where it would take us.
Day 5 of song-a-day streaming!
Day 5: "Aston" - My hometown.
Day 4 of song-a-day streaming!
Day 4: "Can't Tell" - There is a really strange feeling walking into a diner late at night and knowing something no one else knows. It’s even stranger when you are forced to interact with these people.
Day 3 of song-a-day streaming!
Day 3: "When the Octagon Burned Down" - When I was a kid there was a wonderful farm I would go to with my parents, the centerpiece of the farm was an eight-sided barn. A few years after I moved away, it burned.
Song-a-day streaming continues! BBOTD now available on iTunes!
Get yourself a copy of BBOTD from iTunes!
Day 2: "Colors" - I still remember the uneasy feeling of waking up extra early at someone else’s place in order to take the train into work. Standing on the platform, being rained on, and questioning what I was thinking and how this totally isn’t worth it.
"Boombox on the Dash" is released! Song-a-day streaming begins!!
To celebrate the release of our new album, we'll be streaming a song per day along with a few notes about each song from Tom over the next 8 days! If you like what you hear, please pick up a copy at CDBaby and share the link on your social network of choice to spread the good word!
Day 1 stream "Demon Dog": This song began as a challenge to myself to write about a seemingly random topic...like one particular scene in a movie. This scene immediately came to mind and needed to be documented in song form.
Check out our new video!
Album Release Show Oct 16th @ HOB Boston (Foundation Room)!
We're back Boston! Riding Shotgun album release party - Saturday night, October 16th. Mark the date and spread the good word. We'll be playing tracks off our new album "Boombox on the Dash" (available on iTunes Sept. 7th) and deeper cuts from our past.
Opening is The Inclined. Doors are at 8:00, cover is $10 ($5 of which goes to charity - more details soon). See you there!
New Myspace layout!
Check out the new design of our myspace page which looks strikingly similar to this page!
New Album - "Boombox on the Dash"
New Website Launched!
Welcome to the new look of ridingshotgun.com. Lots of exciting new happenings on the horizon. Stay tuned!