The spark was ignited in a small, dark bar on Nashville’s Music Row.
Ryan was just enjoying a beer and some conversation with the bartender, which led to a slightly out of tune guitar being pulled off the wall and handed over to Ryan. That started an impromptu writers round, the guitar being passed around the circle. Ryan played Big City Small Town.
Later that afternoon, the echoes of Ryan’s song still ringing through his head, one of the musicians asked Ryan to play it for the crowd.
Ryan conquered his nerves, stepped in front of 40 or so people at Bobby’s Idle Hour and began to play.
Since that day, Ryan has continued written dozens of song, performing them in barrooms, music clubs, breweries and festivals. He has recorded and released music onto all streaming platforms. At his live shows, Ryan delivers meaningful lyrics and driving acoustic guitar with his heart on his sleeve.
His music and writing have reminded listeners of songwriters like Chris Knight, Steve Earle and Zach Bryan, combining poetic phrasing with stark realism that holds a listener in the moment.
Based in London, Ont., by way of North Bay, Ryan is ever in pursuit of the perfect song, that musical story that takes a listener on an emotional journey. He writes and performs for people who listen with intention, delivering songs that touch on topics we may not want to talk about in conversation.
Ryan travels and tours Ontario and beyond, preferring small, intimate venues with folks looking to hear a good story.