A little love today for underrated American singer-songwriter MATTHEW RYAN. If that first sentence causes you to quizzically query, "Who?"... well... that's exactly why this post is so necessary.
Mr. Ryan (born RYAN CHRISTOPHER WEBB, but that's neither here nor there) has been releasing albums since 1997. In fact, he's released about 11 albums in those 11 years, while shifting his base of operations from Pennsylvania to Delaware to Tennessee.
The guy is known for his distinctive, everyman rasp, and is compared to everyone from RYAN ADAMS to LOU REED; TOM WAITS to LEONARD COHEN. For my money, though, SPRINGSTEEN, DYLAN, and JOSHUA TREE-era U2 are the most obvious touchstones. See if you agree....
From the LP MAY DAY, 1997 >>>
From the LP EAST AUTUMN GRIN, 2000 >>>
[MP3] "Heartache Weather"
[MP3] "Me & My Lover"
From the LP REGRET OVER THE WIRES, 2003 >>>
[MP3] "Come Home"
[MP3] "Return to Me"
From the LP FROM A LATE NIGHT HIGH RISE, 2007 >>>
[MP3] "Everybody Always Leaves"
From the LP MATTHEW RYAN VS. THE SILVER STATE, 2008 >>>
[MP3] "Drunk and Disappointed"
[MP3] "American Dirt"