Sound and Soul Online
"From the rock n’ roll string theory of the Cotton Avenue Hustlers to his studio work with a myriad of artists, multi-instrumentalist Sterling Waite revels in leaping from style to style and crafting soundtracks for any occasion. The Reedy River String Band is among Waite’s current outfits and endures in the vein of the aforementioned Hustlers with fiddle, guitar, upright bass, and 3-part harmony. The Greenville, SC trio of Waite, Mark Dye, and Rush Morgan are set to make their JBA debut on Friday, February 4, and in anticipation, Sterling talks about his formative period in Macon and shares details on new recordings." - Aaron Irons
The Greenville Journal
The Reedy River String Band is, technically speaking, a new group. They’ve only been together full-time for a year or so. But in terms of experience, they’re all veterans of the Upstate music scene. Fiddle player Sterling Waite (who also plays mandolin and harmonica occasionally), guitarist Rush Morgan and upright bassist Mark Dye have decades of experience combined playing all kinds of music, from pop covers to jam-rock to folk.
But as the Reedy River String Band, the trio dives into acoustic bluegrass-style music, delighting their growing fan base with sturdy tunes that showcase more than a bit of humor. Take “Up On Blocks” for instance, the leadoff track on their self-titled 2022 EP. It’s a catchy proclamation of love that climaxes with Waite singing “Can I put my car up on blocks in your yard?” Burnished by the band’s tight, sparkling three-part harmonies, all six of the songs on their debut EP breeze by, full of pumping bass, quicksilver acoustic guitar and soaring fiddle.
Digital Beat Magazine
"Described as a three-part harmony that 'brings a fresh take on Appalachian roots music infused with elements of rock n' roll and jam band', Reedy River String Band moves beyond that expectation to send your cup running over. Hailing from Greenville, the trio delivers the magic through an upright bass, moment your ears catch up with their sound and you feel their sheer enthusiasm, you will find yourself hooked and wanting more."-Carrianne Stoker-Postier
Upstate Music Mine Podcast
"We're excited to bring you our first exclusive interview with The Reedy River String Band (who's composed of local music vets Sterling Waite, Rush Morgan, and Mark Dye) and offer an early listen to the first edition of their addicting new single, 'Up On Blocks'".
Lightning Underground: Sterling Waite Talks New Reedy River String Band EP
From the very start of Reedy River String Band’s self-titled EP, the Greenville, South Carolina Newgrass outfit presents a deeply sincere and at times humorous look at the world through the lens of three-part harmony, authenticity, and gospel sung from porch swings.The first two tracks, “Up on Blocks” and “Hoedown” set a rowdy pace propelled by rich, warm, bass, mandolin, and guitar that conjure images of barn dances and bluegrass festivals. The band delightfully shows their depth and dynamic as musicians and writers when speed and feel are taken back slightly on easy-going, yet introspective songs like guitarist Rush Morgan’s “Airplane” and the yearning ballad lead by Sterling Waite, “Coming Home”.The EP concludes with the contemplative “Gospel Song” depicting a woebegone destroyed by his own vices, caught in the crossroads of the church and the barroom. It’s a superb harmony that’s lonesome while hinting at salvation when the Reedy River boys sing, “In your head, there’s an old gospel song that your mama sang on the porch swing as you died with the radio on.”The power trio of Sterling Waite, Mark Dye, and Rush Morgan have truly set a mark for string band music. -Matt McMillian
Fete Greenville Magazine
Reedy River String Band formed in November, 2021. In its first year, the band has played extensively throughout Upstate South Carolina and across the Southeast. Reedy River String Band has been met with warm receptions at several festivals, including the Albino Skunk festival, Fall for Greenville, and Hampton-Pickney Porchfest among others.
Reedy River String Band's debut musical release includes six original songs, featuring each of the three members as lead singers. With influences rooted in bluegrass, the album resides in the "newgrass" or indie bluegrass space and tells stories of love, loss, adventure, and comradery.....