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Hear Mike Ryan’s Clever Breakup Song ‘New Hometown’

Singer-songwriter premieres first new song from upcoming album

“You broke my heart and drug it around my stompin’ grounds/So now I need a new hometown,” Mike Ryan sings of a blue-eyed girl from Tennessee who has turned his city into a place full of painful memories.

“New Hometown,” which the lauded musician co-wrote with Chris DuBois and Brent Anderson, is the first single released from his upcoming third studio album. Ryan says it wasn’t based on any one true story, but the lyrics certainly resonate with him every time he goes home to San Antonio.

“I broke up with a girl, my first love, shortly after I moved away from home,” Ryan tells Rolling Stone Country. “Since I’ve come back to town and seen those places where we used to run around, the song makes a whole lot more sense. You go to places where as soon as you walk in the door, it takes you back five years ago to when you were there with her.”

DuBois and Anderson, who also wrote eight songs with Ryan on his last album, Bad Reputation, are featured on a handful of other tracks on the Texas native’s upcoming LP. The new project, which doesn’t yet have a title or release date, is full of love songs and story songs, Ryan reports, and caters to fans of his last collection.

“It’s going to be a familiar album for people who’ve listened to Bad Reputation, but it’s definitely not going to be a carbon copy,” he says. “We’re adding some different flavors, but it’s not going to be too far off the beaten path from what I’ve released.”

Good strategy. Bad Reputation yielded three Number One singles on the Texas Music Chart and led to Ryan’s win for New Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2015 Texas Regional Radio Awards.

Mike Ryan Brings Texas Radio Success To Sea Gayle Music

mikeryan_570Mike Ryan. Photo: Molly Hannula

Jessica Nicholson • September 16, 2016


Mike Ryan has unleashed multiple hits at Texas radio and now the Sea Gayle songwriter hopes to keep his upward momentum going with his new project.

Signed to the Nashville publishing company since 2013, Ryan has collaborated with Sea Gayle’s Brent Anderson, along with Ben Phillips. Bad Reputation was recorded at several studios in Nashville, including Sea Gayle co-founder Brad Paisley’s home studio, and was released in 2014. He’s currently writing material for a new album.

“I consider myself a very fortunate person to have the ability to write with these guys. It’s been a great three years so far that I’ve been with Sea Gayle,” he says. “I feel like they are some of the best writers around.”

The deal with Sea Gayle came as a welcome surprise for Ryan. Sea Gayle co-founder Chris DuBois first heard Ryan’s name through former Billy Bob’s Entertainment Director Robert Gallagher while taking in a show from Jerrod Niemann and Wade Bowen. “He asked Robert if there was anyone around town that he needed to hear about and Robert gave him a copy of my record,” Ryan said.

The record made its way into DuBois’ CD player and he invited Ryan to visit Nashville. “I thought it was going to be just a handshake, ‘nice to meet ya,’ type of thing. But he offered us a publishing deal that day.”

Since then, the Fort Worth resident has traveled to Nashville nearly every month to write songs.

During a visit with MusicRow, Ryan previewed a batch of new songs he has written for his yet-untitled fourth album, including “The Devil’s Got His Jacket On” (a co-write with Anderson and Brandy Clark), “The Rewrite,” “Ghost Town,” and “New Hometown,” a song about small-town love gone wrong that is slated as the project’s first single.

“When it doesn’t work out, it’s never a great thing,” says Ryan, “but being from a small town, it’s that much more difficult because you can’t go hang out at the same places. You have to find new ones, but the thing is, there are not new ones in a small hometown. You have to find a new hometown all together.”

Anderson returns to produce and collaborate on the album, which is slated for a 2017 release. Ryan and his team are currently pursuing a major label deal.

Mike Ryan with MusicRow staff. Photo: Molly Hannula

Mike Ryan Visits All Access

Country artist Mike Ryan visited the All Access office today (9/14). He performed his forthcoming single, “New Hometown,” as well as “The Devil Wears A Jacket,” “Rewrite,” and “Blink And You’ll Miss It.”Pictured L-R: All Access Nashville Editorial Asst. Briana Galluccio, Asst. Editor Monta Vaden; Mike Ryan; and All Access Nashville Editor RJ Curtis.