Born in Memphis, TN, Jeff Riales has been writing and performing music for most of his life, and his style on the guitar and piano are as unique as the songs he creates. Jeff has performed as the opening act for John Hiatt, Chris Smither, Delbert McClinton and more. His songs are played on local, national and international radio and available on TouchTunes digital jukeboxes.
Jeff has released four albums (the first two recorded at Dynamic Recording Studio, Rochester, NY). The first, Load Full of Memories (with the group Backwater) debuted in 1999, followed by Right Rear Wheel (a solo project) in 2003. Jeff’s third recording, The Ticket, came out in 2008; his last album, Paved With Gold, was released in July 2010 (both recorded at Virgil Records, Rochester, NY). The title song from The Ticket was awarded 2008 Best Country Song by the Upstate New York Songwriting Competition,and The Ticket was recognized as 2008 Local Album of the Year by Democrat & Chronicle music critic, Jeff Spevak.
“Local Album of the Year. Sporting the baritone of Johnny Cash, the burnished tone of Waylon Jennings and the wit of John Prine…There’s not a cliché in the house, and not a clunker on The Ticket.” -Jeff Spevak, Democrat & Chronicle (2008)
“Riales is a true wordsmith, crafting songs filled with descriptions of everyday life, and beyond.” -Michelle Picardo, Freetime Magazine (2008)
“Jeff Riales drenches his new CD “The Ticket” with a Waylon creaminess and well-worn wisdom long forgotten in Nashville…This is a solid record from a righteous singer whose music is as lusty and earthy as upstate New York is far from Beulah Land.”
-Frank De Blase, City News (2008)
“Jeff Riales…has emerged as the finest traditional country singer-songwriter in Rochester.” -Jeff Spevak, Democrat & Chronicle (2008)
“Riales’ music contains a lot of Southern country, soul, gospel and blues…They are all small tales of big people with unique lives that Riales has managed to capture with deep feelings and great wit. The fact that he’s one fine guitar player doesn’t hurt, either” -Duncan Walls, The Naples Record (2008)
“[Backwater’s] forte is Waylon Jennings-Hank Williams Jr. style country boogie…a distinctive style and…memorable songs.”
-Sing Out! Magazine (1999)
“His music is rooted in red clay and the type of sentimentality that can’t be faked. Riales’ music gets in your blood and grooves and swings…[Right Rear Wheel] is one beautiful record. I could listen to this guy for hours.”
-Frank De Blase, City News (2003)
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