Kawabata, Maro


  • From Kyoto, Japan.
  • At age 12, saw Bill Monroe on Japanese TV.
  • Learned guitar and formed “The Riverside Brothers” with his brother Takaharu.
  • “Riverside” is a direct English translation of Kawataba.
  • 1997, toured with Randy Howard, Don Rigsby, Missy Raines and Kaz Inaba as “The International Band.”
  • 2001, released first solo album, “Carolina Blue.”
  • 2007, released second solo project called “Rippling Water.”
  • 2010, released third solo project “Sunset Drive.”
  • 2013, died at the age of 51.