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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Mike Ryan and his upcoming show

Ryan showing off his ‘Bad Reputation’ after album release

Posted: September 26, 2014 – 12:01am
Mark Vitek

Mark Vitek

Fort Worth-based singer/songwriter Mike Ryan is currently out letting fans hear his “Bad Reputation.”

His latest album “Bad Reputation” is an indie release that dropped Aug. 19. Ryan is scheduled to perform at 9 p.m. Friday at the Blue Light.

As for his most-recent album, Ryan said the songs were newer and recorded in Nashville. His previous album “Night Comes Falling,” was recorded in Texas with a collection of musicians that were his friends. “Night Comes Falling” is a collection of songs he had written in the past and was quite familiar with at the time of recording the album.

“The difference with this album is that all of these songs were pretty much brand new and I had written or co-written them within the last 18 months,” said Ryan. “We recorded them all in Nashville using studio musicians. Up there, I think, that was the difference because those guys up there are absolute pros and I am just amazed at how fast everything happened.

“It would have taken several days to record what it took us only a few hours to record in Nashville,” he added. “It was also cool having a hand in writing all of the songs. I like being able to say that I co-wrote everything with some pretty cool dudes and it turned out fantastic.”

Many of the co-writers for “Bad Reputation” are reputable on the Nashville scene as songwriters who have publishing deals with Sea Gayle Music. Two of the writers who worked on Ryan’s album are Chris DuBois and Brent Anderson.

Besides “Bad Reputation” and “Night Comes Falling,” Ryan has also released an EP, appropriately called “The First One,” which dropped in January 2010.

“Another big way this album is different is in the tunes,” said Ryan. “The last album we released, those tunes were songs I had written several years before and I had been playing them for a long time and I was familiar with them. There were some cover tunes I had done for a long time as well.”

Ryan, who grew up in San Antonio, started his life in music at a young age, first in choir in middle school and high school. In high school, Ryan said, he performed in the concert band, but was also interested in football. As things progressed, however, Ryan began thinking less about sports and more about playing music, playing guitar and writing songs.

“Music is something that I have always been interested in and have pretty much been doing it my whole life,” Ryan said. “I’ve always been a singer and growing up I was in choir. My senior year in high school, I really started playing guitar and that’s when I really started to shift toward music. I played football in high school and that was my primary focus and when that was done, I really started to concentrate on the music.”

Ryan said he started playing acoustic shows in Lubbock at the Blue Light about three years ago and then eventually started performing with his band. And while it took some time getting back to the Hub City, he did eventually make it back and started routinely performing at the Blue Light during the Thursday time slot. Now he’s performing at the height of the Friday and Saturday night gigs, and his local fan base is growing exponentially.

As for future plans, Ryan will continue writing music for another project down the road and continue his publishing deal with Sea Gayle Music for as long as possible.

“Since we’ve been playing regularly in Lubbock, it has been a pretty good market,” said Ryan. “We have a lot of pretty good fans out there in West Texas and at the Blue Light.”

NASHVILLEGAB.COM’s Exclusive Interview with Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan on his ‘Bad Reputation’ & recording in Brad Paisley’s home: Exclusive

Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan is making a bold statement with his new album Bad Reputation, and despite the title, it’s a rather good lesson in how to blend Texas with the mainstream. Whether it is the mid-tempo lead-in “Dancing All Around It” or the plucky, pain-doused regret “When I Drink Beer,” Ryan made sure to pour every ounce of self-awareness into the project, freely sharing his penmanship on every song. From there, he took to Brad Paisley‘s home studio (in Nashville) to polish up the collection with electricity, powered through with slick guitar riffs, thumping bass and hooks that simply can’t escape the mind. “We were lucky enough to get that worked out [to record there]. What a guy!” Ryan shares of the experience of recording in Paisley’s own studio, in an exclusive NashvilleGab interview.

“Brad was out of town while we were recording which was the biggest reason why we got to use his studio in the first place, cause he was in the middle of recording a record too,” he recalls. “He got back in one night as we were finishing up and treated us to dinner.”

He adds, “We talked a lot about Star Wars and Harry Potter. I’m not well versed in either series so I didn’t have much to add to the conversation, but I was certainly entertained.” And the absolute best part of that experience? The inspiration: “We were surrounded by priceless equipment, guitars, amps, pedals, more amps, more guitars. It was incredible. We actually got to go out there a couple of times to watch Brad and his band at work recording his newest album ‘Moonshine in the Trunk,'” Ryan says.

And the rest is history. Now, Ryan gets to sit back and let the music do the talking, led this time ’round with “Dancing All Around It.” He explains why he settled on that particular track to sample the record, “It was one of the first songs we wrote for the album and it quickly became a favorite when we started playing it live. It was also the first song that Chris [DuBois] and Brent [Anderson] and I wrote together which is pretty cool… We have written a bunch of others since then, but there’s always something special about the first time.”

For the video (below), filmed in Antlers, Okla., the singer kept things simple, but nature-focused. “We have a good friend out there with some of the coolest land I’ve seen and he was gracious enough to lend it to us for a couple of days,” he says, adding, “[and] that cabin was too cool to leave out!”

Stylistically, Ryan’s Reputation differs vastly from his debut LP Night Comes Falling. He says, “I would say the biggest difference is that all the songs on ‘Bad Reputation’ are brand new. NCF had a lot of songs that I had been playing for years and had become very familiar with by the time we started recording. There were a few that I finished writing in the studio and a few covers, but for the most part, we were well acquainted with those tunes.”

It was after Falling that Ryan garnered the attention of Sea Gayle Music. He recalls that moment in his life like a storybook, “I didn’t know what to expect when we scheduled the first trip out to Nashville to meet with Chris DuBois. He was introduced to my music by a mutual friend of ours named Robert Gallagher. We talked briefly and worked out a good time for us to meet and booked flights… about 24 hours before we left I came down with some sort of upper respiratory thing and I was sick as a dog when we finally got there.”

He continues, “Chris met us for the first time at The Basement where I limped through a 30 minute acoustic set. The next day, my manager, Wayne and I met Chris up at Sea Gayle where I was fully prepared to hear something like ‘It was nice meeting you. Let me know the next time you come into town’ or maybe a ‘we’ll be in touch’ type of thing, but once we started talking, those thoughts went out the window. Chris said they were prepared to offer me a publishing deal and they wanted me to come back to town to write as often as I could.”

“I told him I was looking forward to working together, thanked him for the meeting we shook hands and left. As soon as we got in the car, Wayne says ‘Do you realize what just #+%@$?* happened!?!?!?!’ We were high fiving and woo hooing all the way back to Texas,” he says.

Notably, recording in Nashville (instead of his usual Texas hot spot) opened a whole new experience for Ryan, even more than he ever thought possible. “The musicians we had in the studio were just incredible and all these songs were very new, so there was a fair amount of experimentation that took place. It was really cool to see the songs come to life in that way.”

Of course, there were quite a few challenges along the way, too. “I wasn’t necessarily writing for this record, I was just trying to pile up as many songs as I could to build my catalogue,” he says. “Cowrites were somewhat foreign (and scary) to me at first because most of the writing I had done before was all solo. I was a little anxious going into the first few sessions with these complete strangers cause I was “the new guy” and all these other writers had been doing it for years, but after the first few it wasn’t so bad, and before long I started to become very comfortable with it.”

Mike Ryan - Bad Reputation Album Cover

But Ryan wasn’t quite as comfortable with pushing the envelope, quite yet, with his music. It’s about building that fan base and reaching an audience first. “I don’t know that I’m really pushing the envelope with my music just yet. I have been very comfortable with all the songs that I’ve put out so far, and I don’t think what I’m doing is groundbreaking or way different. Its just me being honest and putting out songs I believe in, and hoping that they move people.”

Of course, his love of music had to come from somewhere. Ryan cites his family pushed him the most, from the time he was born, to reach for what he wanted. “My mother sang to me often before I hatched and continued to throughout my childhood. My family has always been very involved with music and I wasn’t gonna be any different. It started with church choir and piano lessons, then in middle school I played the saxophone in our school band for two years before moving to the choir, which continued through high school. We have a lot a musicians in our family which makes it a lot of fun around the holidays. We’ll get together and sing/play songs and Christmas carols around the piano complete with trumpets, trombones, french horns and guitars, and the coolest harmonies you’ve ever heard.”

“My goodness, you haven’t lived until you’ve heard a family harmonize with each other. There is just something about it,” he says. Musically, though, his influences run pretty deep into ’90s culture. “I grew up in the 90s which is my favorite era of country music. There were so many great artists and great songs during that time. I didn’t hear a whole lot of older country until I got to college, though. I knew about Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash along with tons of other artists of their time and I was happy to listen to their individual brands of country music, but my favorite artist of that era was Waylon Jennings.”

He goes on to mention “Rose Of Paradise” as his favorite country song of all time (or at least at this moment in time). “It’s just country music at its finest. The song tells a great story, a sad story, but the music doesn’t feel sad… thats always been very interesting to me. When you can take such a sad thing and still make it beautiful, when it brings a tear to your eye and puts a smile on your face at the same time. That’s country music to me.”

And understandably, music isn’t his only passion. He recently went wake surfing, a bold, daring first for the singer. “I’ve had a little experience behind the boat water skiing and tubing,” he says. “I had never done the wake surfing before. I was far from good, but I managed to get up and stay up for a little while. My boy Mark and his boat made a nice wake to surf.”

His other hobbies? Everything outdoors. “I love to play golf and softball and I spend as much time hunting in the woods as I can. I grew up hunting deer and hogs with a rifle, mostly, which was great, and I’ll always enjoy that, but the last few years I have gotten turned on to bow hunting. Its quickly become one of my favorite pass times and money pits… Im also a big duck hunter. Is it November yet?”

If you haven’t, grab a copy of Bad Reputation on iTunes now!

– See more at: http://www.nashvillegab.com/2014/09/mike-ryan-exclusive-interview-september-2014.html#sthash.crHGUI3s.dpuf

DFW.com Reviews Mike Ryan – “Lone Star Sounds: New music from Mike Ryan and more”

Posted 12:31pm on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Fort Worth singer-songwriter Mike Ryan’s sophomore album, Bad Reputation, is of a piece with its Nashville-recorded contemporaries — slick, melodic and more indebted to rock than any particular Music City legends.

But peel back the gloss and dial down the electric guitars, and Ryan’s knack for subverting assumptions reveals itself: “I ain’t Merle Haggard/And I ain’t George Strait/But I’m close enough/For the girls I date,” he sings on Girls I Date, a wry puncturing of the “bro-country” aesthetic.

Ryan co-wrote all 10 cuts on Bad Reputation, produced as the follow-up to 2012’s Night Comes Falling, with Ben Phillips (who also drums on the record) in Nashville.

Reputation conducts its business in a brisk 34 minutes, and while there’s a tendency to over-indulge in alcohol metaphors — hopefully more symptomatic of country music’s current infatuation with the topic than anything else — this LP suggests Ryan is more than capable of walking a tightrope between artistic satisfaction and popular appeal.

Ryan will perform as part of the annual Pickin’ for Preemies benefit Monday at Billy Bob’s Texas.

TXRDR’s Justin Frazell reviews Bad Reputation

Bad Reputation.  Ha!  The last thing I think of when the name Mike Ryan comes up.  It’s seems everything Mike has released and I’ve played has turned to solid gold.  Even In 2010 when he came out of the box, all barrel chested, covering Conway’s “Slow Hand”, admittedly I was like, really kid?  He nailed it though and immediately began to accumulate fans young and old.

“Bad Reputation” is album three for Mike and the fans are going to keep coming with its release.

It all begins with “Wasting No More Whiskey” and apparently this brand of whiskey is more valuable than the relationship he’s all tore up over.   Mike’s got other plans for the bottom of that bottle and it’s got nothing do with that women who broke his heart!  Listen close enough and Mike almost divulges the secret to running your own still.

Next is the title track “Bad Reputation” and if this is any reference to who Mike was before 2010 then he might have us all hook, line and sinker with that happy go lucky, nice neighbor boy across the street attitude he’s pulling off now.   The particular gal in this song might be where it all turned around for Mr. Ryan.

“Easy.”  I was really hoping he was going for another cover and I was going to get to hear Mike put it to Lionel Richie in the same manner he did Conway.  Nope.  Instead, the gal in Bad Reputation has won and, Mike’s gonna have to call you back at a more opportune time.

“Putting Off Telling Me Goodbye”.  Oh No.  What happened buddy?!?!  What did you do man!  There she goes.  You screwed it up good this time.  Get that Forty Creek Whisky bottle back out and tell yourself again you won’t be wasting it.  It’s too late son.  She’s gone.  Pour me on too!

“Dancing All Around It”.  Current single. We’ve all heard this by now.  Mike first played this for me and the rest of the nation in 2013 on The Texas Red Dirt Roads Radio Show.  I told him to run and cut that song RIGHT NOW!  Put in on a record and prepare for the tidal wave!  We’ve all been here men!  Ladies, I know you’ve pulled this trick too.  You see us over there nervously twitching about whether to order another or run up, punch that dude out and whisk you off to our one bedroom apartment full of empty chip bags, beer cans and laundry that’s been there since you decided to go dancing all around it.

“Girls I Date”.  Alright Mike.  It’s been off, then on , then off again.  So lay out it for us son.  What can a girl expect when it comes to running with Mike Ryan.  Apparently it may involve a kidnapping and putting them in your man cave 30 miles out of town with no electricity or running water.   Unless they agree with this life style and then they go willingly and that’s the girl you’ll date.  Until she recommends y’all go dancing and she’s sees  the “just a friend” guy.

“But Why”. Don’t ask questions!   Just go with it man! You’re run of luck thus far has been just this side of poison.  That said, you’ve got whiskey to go back too and a blue print for the girls you date.  Let’er run man and meet me at the bar and we’ll go over and new game plan for you.

“When I Drink Beer”.  – Don’t do it Mike.  Don’t do it man.  Put that phone on anti drunk dial and head to house brother.  You’ll just end up hung over, sweaty, hungry for Whataburger and lonely in a bed she evacuated quicker than Cajuns to Texas during hurricane season.  Go grab a water and a double meat and cheese and wake up feeling good about your decision.  Don’t forget to unlock your phone by the way!

“Red Eye Flight”. We’ve had a really bad day here and apparently we’ve pushed pause in dealing with the opposite sex. Mike’s now decided to either hit that valued whiskey bottle again or, smoke the crippler.  I wasn’t sure until the end.  If the line is “gonna take Marley’s  advice”, then the bet’s settled.

Final Track – “Dry County Drive”.  What’s Mike doing here?  He’s mapping out directions on where to find that whiskey he refuses to waste.  He drew the short straw has been charged with making the beer run because the spot he’s picked out sits in a dry county.  Uh huh!  That’s what you get for kidnapping that  women earlier and moving 30 miles outside of town.   Country charm has its price brother!

That’s it!  Tracks 1 – 10 on Mike Ryan’s latest release “Bad Reputation”.  Few stats for ya here.   Mike wrote or co-wrote every single one of these songs.  Not a one is longer than 4:30 so the whole thing is radio friendly for you programming number crunching types.  Part of this record was recorded at Brad Paisley’s house.  Brad was not around but his hot Hollywood wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley was.   I don’t believe any of these songs are about her during his time there.

Finally!  Great work Mike Ryan.  Again!  First time through the record I wanted to listen to it again and I did.  Several  times.  Thanks buddy!

See Ya Down The Road…

Justin Frazell.



Study Breaks’ “5 Reasons To Check Out Mike Ryan”

Posted by Tyler Kilby on Monday, August 11, 2014

Texas-based country singer/songwriter, Mike Ryan, is set to release his second album Bad Reputation on August 19th. With a strong family background in music, it’s no surprise that he has gained national attention with his lyrics and rhythms. Here are five reasons you’ll want to check out this country singer and his latest upcoming album.

1. He writes his own songs

When it comes to the music industry, it’s important to have a product that is fresh, new, and relatable—especially with country music. Ryan writes and co-writes all of his material, and you can tell when listening to his songs. There’s nothing cookie-cutter about Bad Reputation.

2. He records vocals in Brad Paisley’s home

He writes in Nashville and records in the home of a country superstar. Ryan’s not messing around. If Paisley (who has sold over 12 million albums, won three Grammys, 14 Country Music Awards, and 2 American Music Awards) backs Mike Ryan, then you know he’s good.

3. His first four singles all landed in the top 25

Ryan released four singles from his previous album and they all made it into the top 25. We can all expect artists to have a fumble or fluke every now and then, but Ryan escaped that notion with his first album that climbed the charts. We can expect the same from his second album.

4. His album is streaming on Soundcloud

Like many other top artists in the industry, he recognizes the importance of letting listeners actually listen to his product before they buy it. Ryan’s album is available for presale on his website, but you can listen to it in its entirety on his Soundcloud page. Though, once you start, you’ll understand the hype surrounding this guy. Trust us.

5. He’ll be all over Texas performing

From Decatur to Midland to Denton, Mike Ryan will be performing all over the Southeast to promote his new album. Once you catch a listen on his Soundcloud and preorder his album, there’s no way you’ll want to miss one of his many live shows.

For more info and tour dates, check him out online at Mikeryanband.com and on Facebook at Facebook.com/mikeryanband!

– See more at: http://studybreaks.com/blog/entry/5-reasons-check-out-mike-ryan#sthash.WCyQjQtC.dpuf





TheBoot.com announces Mike Ryans’ Sophomore Album “Bad Reputation”

Mike Ryan to Release Sophomore Album


Texas-based country singer Mike Ryan is set to release his second full-length album, ‘Bad Reputation.’

The release was produced by Ben Phillips — who also lends drums to the tracks — and features ten songs. The vocals were recorded at Brad Paisley‘s home studio in Nashville.

“I had some trouble narrowing it down to just 10 songs out of all the new ones we had written, but that’s a nice problem to have,” Ryan says. “It’s a great feeling when you have more good songs than space on an album.”

Ryan released his first full-length album, ‘Night Comes Falling,’ in the fall of 2012, and he was picked up by Nashville-based independent publishing company Sea Gayle Music.

‘Bad Reputation’ is set for release on Aug. 19. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes, with the tracks ‘Red Eye Flight’ and ‘Bad Reputation’ available for instant download.
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TXRDR’s Brandon Meyers reviews Bad Reputation

Nothing pleases me more than an album being even better than the high expectations I might have been holding. That is exactly what happened last week when I was handed the new album from Mike Ryan. Due out Aug 19th the album Bad Reputation is Ryan’s second full offering. That almost seems hard to believe when listening however as it has not one single weak spot on it.

The lead track “Girls I date” is a fun and light hearted look at a good ol’ boys dating scene. The song “Easy” and album title track “Bad Reputation” reminded me of some of the best of the 80-90s country music so much I swear I could hear a little Ronnie Millsap in the background of those songs. Check out this live acoustic version of the first single from the album “Dancing All Around It” here.

(song starts at 2:25 into the above video)

The rest of the songs that round out this album run the gamut ranging from lost love to rocking party songs and every single song is just as good as the one before. Ryan has put together an album full of finely tuned and radio ready songs and each and every song could easily find a spot on the top of the Texas charts. At this rate Mike Ryan is establishing a reputation alright, but it is for creating great music. Not a bad reputation at all.

For more on Mike Ryan go HERE


til next time…


brandon at txrdr dot com

Twitter @just_a_blogger

“Red Dirt-Blue Collar” Reviews Bad Reputation – Thursday, August 7

A special thanks to “Red Dirt-Blue Collar” for featuring Bad Reputation in their “That’s the Sh!t Thursday” article.  Author Brandon Meyers expressed his appreciation for the new album and the way it “reminded [him] of [his] favorite 80’s- 90’s country tunes”.  Meyers was not at a loss for kind words going on to state that Bad Reputation is “well written and polished to a near perfect sheen…  there isn’t one song here that isn’t a radio ready hit”.


You can find the full article at http://www.reddirt-bluecollar.com/2014/08/thats-sht-thursday-mike-ryan-bad.html