As for the sound itself, an admirer on the band's ReverbNation site, describes Another RoadSide Attraction as "equal parts gypsy jazz, vaudeville, circus funhouse, and riverboat steam, rattled around in a boxcar for a couple thousand miles, served with sangria and sausages."
The band mixes the sound of an offbeat cabaret with maybe a circus midway, even as some of the unusual instruments recall familiar sounds from old-time and traditional music.
"A lot of our instruments are kind of unorthodox, like the guitarron," said Rivers. "It's a big ol' mariachi bass and sounds a lot like an upright. But it's a lot more portable, so I can actually get the thing around."
Then there are the homemade, handmade instruments, often pieced together from shopping expeditions and serendipitous discoveries.
"I spend a lot of time going through any place I'm at kind of tapping on everything to see what kind of tone it makes. Going through a hardware store, you find some gold, some really nice sounds you can't find anywhere else."
The band has been playing gigs farther and farther afield, with a high profile appearance at this year's FloydFest coming up July 27 and run-outs from Florida to South Carolina to an upcoming Northeast tour.
Most band members still have day jobs, but the goal is to go full-time as Another RoadSide Attraction. (If the band name sounds familiar, it is the title of a popular Tom Robbins novel.)
That's the plan, anyway, as Rivers attends to his occasional day job of cleaning high-rise windows, banking on the faith that the rope -- and his fortunes as an eclectic musician -- both hold up as he rappels off a building.
"I remember the first time I went over the edge of a building. You have to put all your faith in this rope the width of your thumb. You ask yourself: 'How did I find myself here?' That's a good question."
He is happy to find himself these days in all the new places the band's travels have taken him. He recalled one evening, post-gig, riding a golf cart along quiet streets in Port Royal, S.C.
"I had one of those moments. The streets were empty because of the Super Bowl. It was a gorgeous night, with the palm trees and all those big ol' living oaks spreading over the streets. It was kind of surreal to get out of Virginia, and a couple days later you're in a completely different place."
Reach Douglas Imbrogno at doug...@cnpapers.com or 304-348-3017.