BAND OF THE WEEK: Riverbottom Nightmare Band

Every week at Orlando Music News, the site will highlight a local band. A good local band. This week: Riverbottom Nightmare Band.

The Riverbottom Nightmare Band is a long-running, ever-morphing band of Orlando all-stars; literally, these guys are some of the best musicians in Orlando, but they somehow manage to cover up that fact by delivering freewheeling and spontaneous-sounding shows that are part hoedown, part family reunion. Ostensibly, they play bluegrass music, but what they really do is kick your ass. RNB has been relatively dormant for the past couple of years, popping up only occasionally, but they’re dusting off the banjos and washboards for the return of Southern Fried Sunday this week (March 20) at Will’s Pub. It was gonna be a great day for celebration and revival anyway, but having Riverbottom – who played the very first Southern Fried Sunday, way back when – on the bill pretty much ensures that it’s gonna be an unforgettable party.

Just the facts (according to David Schweizer):

When formed: Not sure. Mid ’90s? Ask Ralph

Band members’ names & instruments:

  • Founder: Scott Mahaney – lost out west somewhere
  • David Schweizer –  Guitar/Vocals/washboard
  • Bruce Schweizer – Mandolin/Vocals
  • Ralph Ameduri – Bass
  • Brian Chodorcoff – Guitar
  • Al Eisenman – Fiddle
  • Charles Stansel – Harmonica
  • Willie Rast – Drums/vocals
  • Jack Sterling- Banjo

Currently available releases:

Red Hot Slag


Upcoming shows:

March 20: Winter Park Art Festival (2:00)

March 20: Southern Fried Sunday at Wills Pub (5:45)

Describe your sound: High energy, Hillbilly-Bluegrass/rock band

Any big news to share? Two gigs in one day?  Were back!

Five Questions:

1) What has been your most memorable show so far?

Some of the old shows at The Copper Rocket when Southern Fried Sunday’s started,  with lots of guest players and singers.

2) Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?

All of them.

3) Which national band would you most like to share a bill with?

Johnny Cash

4) What description gets used for your band that you would most like to correct people on? Why?

We love bluegrass but were not really a bluegrass band.  Our gig is like a big living room jam.

5) What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What’s your least favorite?

Favorite: Being surrounded by family and friends and talented guys who love to decompress from their main projects and just cut loose and jam.

Least Favorite:  Johnny Cash doesn’t live here.


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