River Rising comprises the musical talents of Megan Deiger and Tim Hazen, whose voices tightly weave country and folk music over a backbone of bluesy sensibility. Lyrically, they capture heartache, waywardness, and emotional strength with a soulful quality reminiscent of a spiritual. Simple orchestration of accompaniment is welcome, allowing words, melodies, and often ethereal harmonies to take the lead on each song.
River Rising has played in and around Chicago in such venues as The Beat Kitchen, Bottom Lounge, City Winery, Subterranean, and Uncommon Ground. The band has performed with fellow local bands as well as national touring artists. In addition to its strong presence in the Chicago music scene, River Rising is an active contributor to the local theater and storytelling communities. The band has performed sets at Chicago's Fillet of Solo Festival, Here's the Story, Real Talk Live, and Story Sessions, and recently composed and performed an original score for the storytelling show and WBEZ podcast PleasureTown.
The duo released its debut 4-song EP "When I Find You" in 2014.