World-renowned Rock Violinist
Releases Vocal Debut, New Single
“Dust Bowl”
from new EP ALL OF ME out April 17, 2020

Stream or Buy single “Dust Bowl” – out now!

“[Scarlet] does things with the violin and her voice that add several new dimensions to just about any kind of music.
Lady, you rock!”
– Patrick O’Heffernan, Music Critic and Host of Musica Sin FronterasPodcast

“As a singer, songwriter, musician and bandleader, Rivera has the essential additives needed to bring her out of the shadows and into a spotlight all  her own.”
— American Songwriter Magazine

“She’s amazing!!”
— LA Story

Scarlet Rivera
All of Me – Tracklist
1. Dust Bowl
2. Lady Liberty
3. All of Me
4. 50/50
5. Sacred Wheel
6. SongBird


(Los Angeles, CA – March 2, 2020) World-renowned violinist and composer Scarlet Rivera blazed the trail for rock violinists when she was featured on Bob Dylan’s legendary Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975. Today, she proudly announces her vocal debut and new single, “Dust Bowl”- out now! Rivera co-wrote  the song with her producer, Tim Goodman, about the 1930s ecological disaster in the US midwest. The song is on Rivera’s EP, All of Me, her 12th solo body of work, set to release on April 17, 2020 on Bright Sun Records.

On the All of Me EP, Rivera combines her versatility as a world-class violinist with her singing and songwriting skills to create six original songs. The songs cover various topics from women empowerment and political power to self-identity and the wisdom one gains from living life. The EP also includes the track “Songbird” that pays homage to iconic singer-songwriter and Rivera’s contemporary, Joni Mitchell.

Originally trained as a classical violinist, Rivera explored adapting the violin into several other music genres and styles, including Americana, rock, new age, Celtic and world music. It was this innovative spirit that got the attention of Bob Dylan in 1975. After an impromptu audition, Dylan asked Rivera to perform on his 1976 album, Desire, that went double-platinum and was considered one of the biggest albums of his career. Dylan featured Rivera on every track, being impressed with her versatile playing and improvisational skills. He later invited Rivera to accompany him on his Rolling Thunder Revue. This year-long tour featured a lineup of legendary artists, including Joni Mitchell, Mick Ronson, Roger McGuinn, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others.

Since then, Rivera has gone on to be featured on recordings and tours by many other major label artists, including the Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, Eric Andersen, Keb’ Mo’, Peter Maffay, David Johansen and Sylvia Tyson of ‘Ian and Sylvia’, and five-time Grammy winner Cindy Cashdollar. She also released 11 solo albums of her own, including genre-bending Celtic and rock albums that cemented her place as one of the world’s most prominent and versatile violinists of her time.

Rivera was recently featured in the 2019 film, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. The film includes captivating original footage of Rivera both behind the scenes and performing live on tour with Dylan in 1975.

Today, Rivera is pleased to introduce her latest rock EP, All of Me, which features the artist’s vocal talents as well. The EP’s producer, Tim Goodman, assembled an impressive lineup of recording musicians for this project. They include: Mike Finnigan on keys (Bonnie Raitt, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jimmie Hendrix and many more); Steve Ferrone on drums (Tom Petty and Eric Clapton); Jimmy Haslip on bass (the Yellow Jackets, Chaka Kahn, Jeff Lorber and Bruce Hornsby); Andrew Kastner on guitar, Bill Bergman on horns (Jack Mack and the Heart Attack); Tim Goodman along with young Blues phenom, Delanie Pickering, on guitars.

Check out Scarlet Rivera’s newly released single, “Dust Bowl”, from her upcoming EP, All of Me – out April 17, 2020!

Watch Scarlet River’s latest music video – “Lady Liberty”
More About Scarlet Rivera

Scarlet Rivera was born and raised in Joliet, IL just outside of Chicago. She began taking classical piano lessons at age 6 and switched to violin lessons at age 7. She knew immediately that the violin was her instrument of choice. From elementary through high school, Scarlet was always first chair violin in her school orchestras. She won a music scholarship to Southern Illinois University with a double major in English Literature and music.  There she would continue her classical studies and being in the classical orchestra. She also began to improvise on her own and develop her own style to contemporary artists like John Mayall and the Blues Breakers, The Doors, King Crimson, and Janis Joplin.

After two years at SIU, she heeded an inner calling and bought a one way ticket to NY. There she would meet iconic Jazz Sax player and composer Ornete Coleman, which led to her first paying gig in NY. She took a few lessons from Leroy Jenkins, which led to her joining the Revolutionary String Orchestra and a 13-piece all-male Cuban band playing Charanga Cuban Music, which featured strings.

During that time, Scarlet continued her classical studies at Mannes Conservatory in NYC. She took private lessons from violinist, William Kroll, of the Mozart Kroll Quartet. He was horrified when she told him that she was going on the road with Bob Dylan…

In addition to her incredible tour with Bob Dylan in 1975, Rivera has performed as a soloist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Carnival of Venice, Italy. She’s been chosen by several world-touring artists to perform with them, the most notable of which include Emmylou Harris, Rufus Wainwright, and Glen Hansard at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion honoring Joni Mitchell, Royal Albert Hall with Tracy Chapman, and most recently at Disney Hall with Brandi Carlile in 2019. She also performed in Tokyo (2005-08) and throughout Japan, sponsored by Jameson Whiskey; in Costa Rica at National Stadium (2012) performing her original song, “Jaguar”, with Minister of Culture on piano as a delegate for global environmental impact; and had a rare opportunity to perform in East Germany behind the Iron Curtain before the wall came down.

Today, Rivera continues to be an active recording artist, performer, composer and activist. She is currently on tour in Italy, Austria and Switzerland this fall with American folk music singer-songwriter Eric Anderson. She also uses her musical talent towards helping protect wildlife, the environment and animal rights. She performs regularly for the concert series A Call 2 Peace, where she performs some of her original music. The proceeds from every concert are donated to a different charity organization. She is the Director of the World Peace Violin Project, under The McCollum Foundation whose mission is to bring about social justice, planetary sustainability and world peace. Rivera also released music on her Voice of the Animals album as a way to advocate for wildlife conservation and the humane treatment of animals.

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