Fourth Week of Streaming Series Will Feature Dynamic, Piano-Driven Songwriting
May 13, 2020, Black Mountain, North Carolina – “If you can’t bring ’em to White Horse, have White Horse show up in people’s living room,” says Bob Hinkle. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Hinkle – owner of venerable listening room White Horse Black Mountain – is doing just that. White Horse Black Mountain has teamed with Radhaus.Studio to present “White Horse Live,” a high-quality virtual concert series. Focusing on professional sound, multi-camera production, and community spirit, the live streams have garnered an enthusiastic following after only three performances.
On Saturday, May 16th, the latest installment of “White Horse Live” will highlight award-winning Asheville-based musician Ian Ridenhour. PopMatters calls him “easily one of the more diverse piano-centered rock acts of modern times.” Currently a student at Berklee College of Music, Ridenhour’s musical talent was recognized from a tender age; after winning a North Dakota Music Award at age 14, Ian moved to the Asheville area, where he quickly developed a devoted following. “Dancing Children,” a single from his second album, won top honors at the 2017 Music Video Asheville Awards.
Ian Ridenhour recorded his most recent album, Ribcage, at the legendary Echo Mountain Studios – and, despite his youth, he’s played festivals all across the Southeast, sharing the stage with The Accidentals, BJ Leiderman, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Third Eye Blind, and more. MountainXpress calls his performances “dynamic, with hooky melodies, frenzied riffs, and kinetic, danceable energy.”
Yet Bob Hinkle insists that the best is yet to come for Ridenhour: “It’s one of those situations where you know something big and interesting is going to happen. You can almost feel it in the air. Ian Ridenhour is a musical force of nature.” Hinkle points to jazz great Jimmy Cobb, who said of Ridenhour, “in a couple of minutes, he’s gonna be a monster.”
“White Horse Live” with Ian Ridenhour kicks off at 8 PM EDT on the White Horse Live portal and Facebook Live this Saturday night, May 16th. Joining in via the streaming service of your choice is completely free, but donations for the artist and venue are gratefully accepted and allow White Horse to continue with their mission: to build community through “music, arts, and spirit.”
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