"The River Arkansas is made up of the evocative lyric writing and the penetrating vocal talent of Mike Clark, smoky upbeat jazz club bass playing by Macon Terry, Mozart-meets-wagon-train fiddle playing by Rachel Sliker, drumming reminiscent of Keith Moon's form by Robin Chestnut, and The Doors-style keys by Ben Gallagher. The River Arkansas hail from various towns in Colorado and have two albums under their belt. Clark's lyrics cover the joys and pitfalls of love, life, and the oddball bike theft, with each song channeling power to drastically change the mood of the room"- Lou Flesh, No Depression Magazine
"The sound of this band is absolutely at home at any mountain festival, but don’t assume it to be another one-trick folk pony. No way. This’ll play in the city." -Stubborn Sounds
Mike Clark is a Colorado native living on the banks of the Arkansas River in Pueblo. In the winter of 2014, he penned a collection of songs about heartbreak, love, and escaping the clutches of day-to-day society. The following spring, Clark decided to make that collection into a record. By good fortune Macon Terry, a bass player and former member of the band Paper Bird, happened to be in the neighborhood the day the studio was booked for recording. Though Terry arrived not knowing any of the songs, what they captured was the beginning of something great. Later they would add Robin Chestnut on drums, Rachel Sliker on violin, and Benjamin Gallagher on piano. Now preparing to release their third studio album "Any Kind of Weather" the band has hit their stride, traveling the midwest, south, and western United States as well as playing festivals all across Colorado, delivering their distinctive mixture of Country, Blues, Folk and Americana.