Wordsauce is a 7 piece Live Hip Hop/Funk band, based in San Luis Obispo, California, formed by Drummer Bill Gerhardt and Bassist Wesley Price in 2009. With Guitarists Kevin Strong and Shawn Warnke, Saxophonist Samuel Franklin, Turntablist/Producer Eric Mattson, and Emcee/Vocalist/Producer Rick “Risko” Loughman all joining the band by 2010, Wordsauce began developing their own style of Hip Hop with live instrumentation. With a diverse combination of musical backgrounds, Wordsauce has thrived on open-mindedness in the song writing process and has established a sound that captivates crowds of all demographics. Wordsauce mixes funky, soulful Hip Hop instrumentation with intensely rhythmic lyrical form. The variety of musical backings has driven group emcee Risko to expand his dynamics as a vocalist.
- Label: The Sauce Pot
- Genre: Hip Hop, Funk, R&B, Rock
- Hometown: San Luis Obispo
- Influences: A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Parliament Funkadelic, Lettuce, Turkuaz
- Sounds Like: Flotbots, Ozomatli, Dirty Heads, The Roots, Vokab Kompany
- New Times Music Award for Hip Hop song "Big Skies, Open Skies"
- High Sierra Music Festival Contest Winners 2018