Brent Ryan

The Category: Musical Events

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

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

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

A Glance Back, and a Look Ahead

Posted on December 14, 2017 in Album News, music, Musical Events, Musical Inspiration, Updates

Here we are, in the twelfth month of a twelve month year.  That means 2017 is over my friends.  Did you make it a good one? I suppose a lot of bands blog with some sort of recap of their year.  I hope that doesn’t make this reflection ho-hum to you.  Reflection and vision casting Read More

Weird Place to Be?

Posted on October 24, 2017 in music, Musical Events, Opinions, Updates

It was very surreal performing in front of the crowd at the 2017 4th on the River celebration in Kerrville with Robert Earl Keen. Up to that point it had by far been our largest sound stage, and put us in the same backstage with a couple of my songwriting heroes. And then it was over. Read More

Why Wade?

Posted on December 16, 2016 in music, Musical Events, Musical Inspiration

My wife and I attended the acoustic show at Sam's Burger Joint in San Antonio this past Tuesday evening to see Wade Bowen perform. My history with Wade is sort of short. I accidentally lived outside of the state of Texas for a little over a decade. When I left Texas I also left behind some of my heroes in the cult-like Texas music scene, Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Cross Canadian Ragweed, etc. I returned to the homeland two years ago to find that these heroes had become old-timers. They looked older and those who listened to their music looked older. The only one who didn't look older was me, right? Read More

Less Couches, More Meetings

Posted on December 7, 2016 in music, Musical Events, Musical Inspiration

I had the honor of being a guest on the Local Licks at 6 segment of KFAN radio out of Fredericksburg a couple of months ago. During the interview I was asked to give any advice to up-and-comers in the music business who are struggling to get a foothold in the industry while living the couch-surfing homeless lifestyle. An ironic question since I am very much an up-and-comer myself, if not a climb-and-struggler. Read More

Debut Album: Cinnamon Pass

Posted on September 6, 2016 in music, Musical Events

It's finally happening. Actually, I can't really get away with saying "It's finally happening" because I have only been performing these songs publicly for less than a year. All that to say, that I'm extremely grateful for this past year. And it is exciting for me to announce to you that my debut album, Cinnamon Pass will be released early in 2017. Read More