The long-awaited return of The New Riders of the Purple Sage has fans in a psychedelic/country head spin. Guitarist David Nelson and pedal steel wizard Buddy Cage will represent the NRPS catalog along with Michael Falzarano (guitar, mandolin and vocals), Johnny Markowski (drums and vocals) and Ron Penque (bass and vocals). You may recognize Falzarano from Hot Tuna, Markowski from Stir Fried and Penque from Melvin Seals and JGB. Original NRPS bass player Dave Torbert, drummer Spencer Dryden and co-founder John Dawson have passed away, Nonetheless, the new lineup vows to keep the NRPS spirit and tunes alive by taking them to fans everywhere. Riley Road is a blues-rock trio of young musicians from Chester County who have taken the area by storm since being formed in the Fall of 2010, with Nick Cianci on guitar and vocals, Brandon Walker on bass, and Isaiah Weatherspoon on drums. From their debut at the Phoenixville BluesFest, they have won numerous music competitions including the prestigious beta-hifi challenge at the World Café Live in the summer of 2012 where they bested over 200 bands. Their self-titled debut EP has been played on WXPN and WSTW radio, and their loyal following is growing with each show. Their sound is a raw, hard-driving blend of smooth rhythms and soaring guitar solos, and they are scheduled to play this spring at the International Blues Showcase in Memphis.