RJ McCarty is a force of music. Intricate folk/americana-inspired songwriting supported by a diverse variety of instrumentation lays ground for gritty, authentic vocals to paint over; which brings to life a surreal-yet-familiar world that exists within us all.

RJ cut his teeth as a kid in the music scene, and has lately been touring internationally in England, Canada, and the United States as an original act in support of his newest release "Tear Back The Sheets": a 7-track record, upon which he played every instrument.

He can also be found touring as a multi-instrumentalist for the critically-acclaimed psychedelic folk band, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams.

He draws inspiration from the flowing, playful vocals of Van Morrison, to the deep-rooted, soulful dirt and heart of Sister Rosetta Tharpe; as well as the world and phenomena surrounding and within them. Toss in Dr John's ivory keys, shapeshifting guitar-slingin' that bends with the music, and an old Hammond organ that will lift you off your seat -- it all comes together for a dynamic live show!

Performing "with a little help from his friends", drummer Chris Van Rooyen and bassist Matt Mondell join RJ for an unforgettable night of music that is sure to move your soul! A splendid time guaranteed for all!

Meet the touring band!

Chris Van Rooyen

Drums / Backing Vocals

How often do you see a drummer sing?

Laying down the backbeat of the Western Massachusetts music scene since 2004, Chris Van Rooyen (CVR) is a veteran of performing. His approach to the music draws from the nuanced styles of Jeff Porcaro, Steve Jordan and Levon Helm.

(Photo credit Stuart Berg -

Matt Mondell

Bass / Backing Vocals

Long Island's Finest!

The 5 string bass has never seen a more dedicated student. Matt Mondell is the player your closet queen bass wish it had. Also a multi-instrumentalist, you never know when you might see him strum a guitar or sit down at the kit!

(Photo credit Stuart Berg -