Little River Band was the first Australian band to successfully conquer foreign markets from an Australian base.
Within eight months of their birth, LRB had already scored three Australian Top 20 singles and two Top Ten albums. In 1976, after their self-titled debut album was released in the USA, the long grind of 13 US tours in eight years had begun.
By 1982 they became the only act – from anywhere – to have a top ten US single for six consecutive years.
Record success ran alongside – total record sales around the world have eclipsed the 30 million mark...All-told LRB have notched up eight top 10 singles in the US, where two of their songs, Reminiscing and Lady, have more than 9 million radio plays between them.
The band is anchored by American bass player Wayne Nelson, who began his LRB career in 1980. The following year Wayne debuted as lead vocalist on the top ten hits "The Night Owls" and "Take It Easy On Me," and continues in that role today. Wayne has more years of service than anyone throughout the band’s illustrious history.
Greg Hind (guitars and vocals) has been an integral part of the bands current sound since 2000.
Rich Herring (guitars and vocals) is a consummate player and Nashville producer. He has produced CDs for Shane McAnally (Curb Records) and Eric Stromer (Jimi Noodles Records), as well as being co-producer on three Little River Band projects since joining the band in 2006.
Chris Marion (keyboards and vocals) was born on Elvis’ 27th birthday.After studying music in college, Chris moved to Nashville and began his playing career, with his music garnering nominations for 4 Dove awards from the Gospel Music Assoc.
Ryan Ricks (drums and vocals) is one of those great Nashville musicians who checked out of the business for a few years to be a stay-at-home dad. His vocal talents complete the picture for LRB, with all five band members singing.
Nelson remarks of the changes “after 30 years, the prospect of looking for American musicians to be part of LRB was challenging but ultimately rewarding. Greg, Chris, Rich, and Ryan are very talented; they respect the history of the band and want to do what's right for the songs, but they also bring something new to the table with their experience and their versatility. We're having a lot of fun exploring new ways to deliver the songs - still recognizable and powerful, but with new twists that will delight those fans who like to listen deep and analyse. And, in a kind of "back to the future" way, we're digging into the vaults and rearranging some older songs while collaborating on new material as well. “.
July 27th 2013 marked the U.S. release of the group’s newest album project entitled “Cuts Like A Diamond” on Frontiers/Universal Records worldwide and boasts 11 cuts of some of the best work the band has put out in decades. With an undeniable rock/country crossover feel, this album had already caught fire on radio as well as the ears of contemporary country listeners along with the millions of LRB fans across the globe.
2015 marked the band’s 40th Anniversary and in keeping with LRB tradition in 2017, they continue to perform to capacity crowds across America and beyond, keeping alive the enduring appeal of Little River Band…on CD and in concert.