The Watchung Mountain Riders were formed in year the year 2000. Founded by Jimmy Collins (Guitar), Josh Kessler, (Mandolin and Guitar) Miguel Rodriguez (Drums), Derek French (Bass) and Antar (Guitar) as a weekend project to record acoustic dead music. While taking a recording break Josh came up with the name Watchung Mountain Riders and a band was formed. Over the years this band has had many friends and band members. Founding members Jimmy, Josh and Miguel still are playing in the band today. Having dropped the acoustic instruments for Electric ones. The additions of James Harr Bass and Dan Hamilton Keyboards for the Riders latest incarnation have been rocking together for over 2 years playing the the Music of the Grateful Dead and other rock icons (Allmans, Who, Stones, Zeppelin, Little Feat, Beatles, Phish).