River City Band
Origin: Powell River, British Columbia
The River City Band was active in Powell River from 1977 to 1980. Personnel was: brothers Ron and Gord Campbell on piano/lead vocals and drums/vocals, respectively; and Mike Kennedy on guitar/vocals. In 1979, the group recorded The Powell River Song and Waitin’ For The Ferry, both written by George Campbell (Ron and Gord’s dad), who also financed the recording. These songs were recorded at Vancouver’s Psi Chord studio, engineered by the legendary Robin Spurgeon. Bass player Dennis Fox was also hired for this session. Ron Campbell played piano on Waitin’ For The Ferry, and banjo and harmonica on The Powell River Song, and Ron Irving played lap steel on The Powell River Song.
Today, Ron Campbell is still a working musician in Powell River. Often plays with Dennis Fox (they’re in 3 different bands together!), also occasionally still plays with Ron Irving and with Mike Kennedy. Ron sings, writes, and plays keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, and harmonica. He has released 4 full-length CDs:
A Skinny Old White Man Sings The Blues (1999) http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/roncampbell3
Pure Blues Guy (2001) http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/roncampbell2
Live Plus One (2004) http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/roncampbell
Bust Out (2010) http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/roncampbell4