Brent Ryan

The Category: Musical Inspiration

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

Viva Terlingua!

Posted on March 21, 2018 in Musical Inspiration, Uncategorized, Updates

I'm grateful to report that, this month, I celebrate five years of being married to my wonderful wife, Emily. I say "grateful" rather than "proud" because, God knows, I don't know that I had much to do with it! I mean, I showed up at the ceremony. I guess that's worth something. Read More

Good Songwriting? Umm, maybe?

Posted on January 10, 2018 in music, Music Business, Musical Inspiration, Opinions

I find songwriting to be a fascinating art.  Think of the elements involved. There is prose. There is poetry. There is arrangement and composition. There is musical theory. There is catchiness.  A songwriter can put together the most beautiful poetry imagineable, and shipwreck the song within a flaming catastrophic tragedy of bad music. Or the vice versa, as is often the case in pop music, the lyrical content of a six-year-old is inserted into a catchy musical arrangement, and the song goes to Billboard Top 100. Take this little snipet from the song that is currently #2 on Billboard: 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

Willie & Waylon Wet-blankets

Posted on July 11, 2017 in music, Musical Inspiration, Opinions, Uncategorized

Jerry Jeff Walker was the beginning of the ruin of the Texas music scene It’s virtually impossible to succeed in the music scene of Texas currently Read More

Life-Changing Records, Part 2. Jerry Jeff Walker – Viva Terlingua

Posted on January 31, 2017 in Album Review, music, Musical Inspiration

I have been anxious to continue my reflection on some of the albums that really got ahold of me through the years and influenced the way I thought about music and songwriting. The debut writing of this series was the very appropriate praise given to Robert Earl Keen’s Live No.2 Dinner album. No other record has more thoroughly saturated my songwriting framework and inspired the relational energy that I strive to capture with an audience. 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

Life-Changing Records, Part 1. Robert Earl Keen, Live No.2 Dinner

Posted on August 9, 2016 in Album Review, music, Musical Inspiration

I became a legal resident in the world’s created by Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green, and Cory Morrow. Within months, I could sit with my musical buddies and begin stumming most of the Robert Earl Keen catalogue on cue. Many jams were built from the foundations of The Road Goes on Forever, Dreadful Selfish Crime, or Gringo Honeymoon. I had found heaven, and it wasn’t on the radio. Read More