Brent Ryan

The Category: Opinions

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

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

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

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