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.
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
Yes, yes, it is true. I had hoped that all of you by now would be listening to Cinnamon Pass, the debut Brent Ryan album, on all of your Spring afternoons with a Robert Earl Keen honey pilsner in your hand and celebrating the wonders and beauty of Texas music. I had hoped that. But I have good news for you friends…
THE ALBUM IS STILL COMING!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Two nights ago I returned back to Texas from a roundtrip to the furthest Western part of the United States that I can reach without jumping a boat. As a birthday gift from my fantastically phenomenal wife, I was able to attend the Switchfoot Bro-Am event at Encinitas, California near San Diego. There are probably at least three words in that last sentence that might as well be Chinese characters to some of you. So, in this blog I will have to do some explaining. This will not be a typical blog for me, if I even have the luxury of having typical blogs.
This was the first song that I put down on paper after my return to Texas. I had just begun putting together a set list of cover songs to begin performing in the area, hoping to have a minimum of 30 songs ready to perform. But I knew I wanted to try my hand at writing again. This song poured out of me pretty naturally. I was surprised. But writing this song gave me the confidence to press forward and continue the challenge of song creation. Before my return to Texas I had spent the previous two years working at a guest ranch up in Colorado. The ranch had a significant horse operation, with about 50 horses, and 6,500 acres