The River Monks

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The River Monks
OriginDes Moines, Iowa
GenresFolk, Folk pop, Indie pop, Indie rock
Years active2010 (2010)–present

The River Monks are an American folk pop band from Des Moines, Iowa.[1]


The River Monks formed at the beginning of 2010 in Des Moines, Iowa when songwriters Ryan Stier and Nicholas Frampton, and percussionist Joel Gettys began collaborating on Stier's works. They recorded their first album in Creston, Iowa while some of the band members studied and/or taught music at Southwestern Community College (SWCC). There were member additions to the band; Drew Rauch on bass, Mallory Stanek on trumpet and accordion, and Tommy Boynton as a multi-instrumentalist. In March 2011 they released their debut LP, Jovials, and toured nationally. In 2013 they began recording their second LP in Nashville, TN at Frampton's home, Peachtree Studio, with engineer Brooks Edwards. They continued recording in Iowa at Pinnacle Recording with engineer Darren Hushak. Home Is The House, the group's second LP, was released in May 2014 to critical acclaim.[1][2][3][4][2][3][4][5]

In 2014, the band was listed by Paste Magazine as one of "12 Iowa bands you should listen to right now."[6]

Band members[edit]

  • Ryan Stier (vocals, guitars, banjo)
  • Nick Frampton (guitars, vocals, percussion, ukulele)
  • Joel Gettys (drums, auxiliary percussion, glockenspiel, vocals)
  • Drew Rauch (bass, vocals)
  • Mallory Heggen (trumpet, percussion, accordion, vocals)
  • Tommy Boynton (banjo, ukulele, percussion, guitar, vocals)


Studio albums

  • Home Is The House (2014)
  • Jovials (2011)


  1. ^ Chandler, Chip. "Indie band River Monks develops harmony". Amarillo Globe-News. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  2. ^ Hawley, A.C. "Album Review – The River Monks: Jovials". Little Village Magazine. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  3. ^ Oliver, David. "Video premiere: The River Monks' 'Beasts'". USA Today. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  4. ^ Johnson, Max. "Album Reviews: The River Monks – Home is the House". Little Village Magazine. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  5. ^ Schlansky, Evan. "Stream The River Monks' New Album Home Is The House". American Songwriter. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  6. ^ Milo, Jeff. "12 Iowa Bands You Should Listen To Now". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 20 January 2015.