Brent Ryan

The Category: music

Access Granted (Part 2 of a little historical perspective on Country Music)

Posted on January 29, 2019 in history, music, Music Business, Musical Events, Musical Inspiration, Opinions, Updates

The satisfaction of getting your music heard is easier and more accessible than ever.  Labels used to be the only avenue for mass distribution. One reason why so many musicians are broke is because they are shooting for mass distribution without a label, and that takes an office of people who light up cigars rolled in 100-dollar bills and laugh villainous laughs at you crazy hard-working types.  So, maybe don't think about mass distribution. Maybe think about how you can get 100 people in your town to come out for a show. Maybe think about how you can use live streaming to be a part of people's weekly lives in a meaningful way. Maybe work on the craft of writing songs that folks will keep coming back to when they need those sounds and lyrics to speak to them again.  This industry is filled with people who are suggesting last century industry strategies in a new century market. Read More

Is Country Music Traditional? (part 1 of a little music-history reflection)

Posted on January 22, 2019 in history, music, Music Business, Musical Events, Musical Inspiration, Opinions, Uncategorized

When I think about genres of music in America that are traditional, few genres come to mind that would outperform Country-western music on that specific characteristic.  Perhaps Blues, which traces its origins back to slaves singing old spirituals while working crops in the fields.  Otherwise I would think Country-western music is high on the list of traditional genres that American music listeners enjoy.  As a good American boy from Texas, it's easy for me to think that country music has just sort of always been here. But lately, I've been learning some history that has caused my perspective to change. Read More

Music Manifesto

Posted on January 12, 2019 in music, Music Business, Musical Events, Musical Inspiration, Opinions, Updates

It would be easy to just assume that my career should follow the path template that is provided by the apparent successful in my industry.  But I think that blind following of another person's path is what leads some of us to achieve all of the markers of success, only to find ourselves depressed and empty inside. Read More

Nashville, I Thank You For the Suck Country

Posted on December 20, 2018 in music, Music Business, Opinions, Uncategorized

I have done my share of ranting about the modern country being manufactured in the Nashville music industry.  But today, I want to take a little time off from the rant, and I want to say that I'm excited about what is happening in Nashville. Here is why... Read More

Bankruptcy is Good Business

Posted on October 19, 2018 in music, Music Business, Opinions, Updates

Imagine for a moment that you are the owner of a lucrative retail business and you are hiring a new CFO to manage the financial accounting of your company for the next decade or beyond.  You invite a new young gentleman into your office and sit him in front of your desk. You have heard hype about this new business climber from many of your gazillionaire colleagues. You hear he has great personality and he really knows how to dress right.  You pull this new prospect’s resume’  and give it a glance. You notice that he credits himself with three Chapter Eleven Bankruptcies for past companies that he has managed. Do you look him in the eye and say to him, “Man, you must really know your stuff with all of these failures on your business record! And you certainly have the image we are looking for. When can you start? We would really like to give you a chance at taking our company to the next level!” Would you respond in that way? Read More

Collaboration- The Unique Creative Process of Songwriting

Posted on September 15, 2018 in Album News, music, Music Business, Musical Inspiration, Opinions, Updates

I write this post as a huge thank you to all who were involved in the process of recording these five songs. The collaboration is part of the reward for me, and it is a spiritual reward.  I am better because of the contributions of these other creative masters.  Read More

Bye Bye Social Media

Posted on August 13, 2018 in music, Music Business, Opinions, Updates

Despite all of this, I used to love being on social media, and I spent countless hours building myself up on Facebook and Twitter.  Circumstances caused me to move away from Smart Phones into more basic stuff.  And as I’ve done that, I’ve honestly enjoyed the direction of my life.  When I go to restaurants, airports, or peruse the sidewalks of my small town, I become grateful that I’m not one of the Walking Dead who are buried in their Instagram feed.  I enjoy the fact that, when I go to see some beautiful morsel of creation, that I don’t get distracted by snapping a quick selfie and seeing how fast I get to 50 likes on my post.  I can be in the moment. I like that. Read More

Chasing Your Dream

Posted on July 5, 2018 in music, Music Business, Musical Events, Musical Inspiration, Opinions

It's weird, you know, because most people, myself included, tend to always want more.  We think some long-awaited accomplishment will fix some of our major problems, or solidify our personal success. Then we reach that long-awaited accomplishment, and lo and behold, there are still problems! Seems to be a defining characteristic in the human condition.  At least it is in mine!  Read More

Is Texas Just a Mini-Nashville?

Posted on May 22, 2018 in music, Music Business, Musical Inspiration, Opinions

When tempted with the fast-track of Texas Country success, I remind myself that the slow trudge of building a true grassroots following might be the way of keeping a long, sincere, heart-felt music career in my life.  I have no clue whether you will ever see me on the mainstage at LJT. But I guarantee you I'd love to see you at my show this next weekend sitting on that little patio and listening to my songs. I hope you introduce yourself. I hope you ask where I'm performing next. I hope you keep in touch.  These are the things I hope for. Read More

New Recording Project in the Works!

Posted on April 11, 2018 in Album News, music, Musical Events, Updates

I will be returning to the studio in May in order to record five brand new songs!  These songs will be released one by one into streaming sources such as Spotify. They will combine to form a second album, EP. Once all the songs are released to streaming, I will look to produce the songs into a CD or vinyl form also for all of you collectors!  Read More