Durango jam band celebrates river lifestyle at Victoria Tavern

Liver Down the River from Durango brought paddles, a large stuffed fish and strong musicianship to Victoria Tavern Jan. 26. The high-energy band played original songs packed with extended instrumental jams with fiddle and mandolin setting a jig-like, fast-dancing mood.

The band consists of Patrick Storen on the harmonica and mandolin; Emily Winter on fiddle, viola and vocals; Dylan Ruckel on guitar and vocals; Derek Abt on bass and vocals; Tyler Rice on banjo and vocals; and Carter Colia on drums and washboard. The original members of the six-piece band met seven years ago while attending Fort Lewis College, and Winter said their song “Irish” was written in the dorms.

When the band members aren’t performing, they prefer to be on the river. Storen said he came up with the band’s name at 5 a.m. while drinking whiskey, playing bluegrass and sitting on the bank of the Colorado River. “It seemed fitting,” and the name goes with their boating lifestyle. To promote that river energy, they always bring paddles and the giant stuffed fish to their gigs. Storen admitted, however, that Colia is the only band member who has ever actually eaten liver.  

While this was Liver Down the River’s first time playing in Salida, they’ve previously played The Lariat in Buena Vista and plan to play BV’s PaddleFest this summer. Storen said they’d love to play FIBArk too.