Ria and the Hi-Binders is a Helsinki, Finland based country and rockabilly band with well-known, appreciated and talented musicians whom one already know from bands such as Whistle Bait, Mike Bell and the Belltones, Wagtails, Barnshakers, Mystery Train and Lester Peabody just a few to mention. No more than a year ago (2020) they decided to combine their strength and passion for music and start a new band.
So what’s up with the Hi-Binders? Having five good friends equipped with excellent singing and playing skills and combining it with a love of 40s - 60s country and rockabilly such as Janis Martin, Faron Young and Patsy Cline, Ria and the Hi-Binders - Ria Korhola Guitar & Vocals, Jussi Huhtakangas Pedal steel guitar, Jani Ahtiainen Drums, Timo Kalijärvi Guitar, Lasse Sirkko Upright bass - has quickly created their own sound and identity. This soon caught the attention of a bigger crowd and led to bookings not only at the biggest rockabilly festivals in Finland such as Racecoast Rockin’ Fest and Sulo Stomp Rock & Roll Party but also smaller venues where the most expected one was Dixi Ted’s Rock’n’roll Club shared stage with the Blasters.
Ria and the Hi-Binders was born of a need to write and perform great music with great people, catching tunes and good stories, have fun and provide crowd with energetic shows where you can’t resist dancing and tappin’ your feet. Besides having live performances Ria and the Hi-Binders have recently finished some hot tuned recordings at A.I.R Studio and their debut album (EP) is about to be released soon. Stay tuned!