Jump Castle Riot, a blues/rock band from Charleston, SC, has been described as having “effortless chemistry” and an explosive sound. “These kids have serious talent,” says Atlas Road Crew drummer Patrick Drohan. The Charleston music scene evidently agrees, having voted JCR the winner of two Charleston City Paper Music Awards (CPMAs) since they formed in 2015.
The band consists of Nina Murchison (vocals), Jay Van Raalte (guitar/vocals), Chris Taylor (drums), and Richard Hartnett (bass). Appearances at the Pour House, Windjammer, Taste of Charleston festival, and Patriot’s Point as well as a variety of bars, restaurants, and special events have put the band in front of thousands of people over the last few years.
JCR credits the supportive, unique Charleston music scene as a major influence. This influence has given the members incredible opportunities to learn and play with a variety of folks, including members of Drivin n Cryin, Hootie and the Blowfish, Stop Light Observations, The Travelin’ Kine, Dead 27’s, Atlas Road Crew, Elise Testone, Thomas Champagne, and blues legend Buddy Guy, among others.