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Labor Fest Is Around The Corner & Even More New Tour Dates Have Been Added for September & October!  


Hello Everyone, 

Things are quite busy around here. Really looking forward to the weather cooling down. Autumn is not only my favorite time of year, it's also my favorite time to TOUR! I have a bunch of dates coming up in September and October. It all kicks off with Labor Fest 2016 here outside of Pittsburgh when some friends in The Hawkeyes, Arliss Nancy, Two Cow Garage and some great local friends all get together and feel a sense of community by playing music and hanging out. All all are welcome! Last year was a beauty, this year looks to be even more beautiful!

Then later in the month I participate in a fundraiser for Art Nardini (famed Houserocker... Yes of Joe Grushecky's gang!), come late September I'm off for a short run with Michael McDermott through the Northeastern U.S. I'll be finishing off this year of touring a with an intimate solo run through the midwest, mid-south and Texas in October. Can't wait!!

Would love to see you guys! And if ya can, please help spread the word with the some shares of THE TOUR PAGE!

Click the SCREENSHOT below for all details and ticket info!



 

Skylight off of Regret Over The Wires 


Throwback Thursday to this song off of Regret Over The Wires. Inspired by the poem of the same title by Seamus Heaney. The song is called Skylight. The album was produced by Doug Lancio, Mark Robertson and myself. It was recorded by Jordan Richter and mixed by David Bianco. I believe that's JJ Johnson playing drums on Skylight along with a drum machine. Mark is playing bass. Doug and Teal on guitars. I handled the synths and various weird sounds, and "sang" obviously. Skylight probably should have opened Regret Over The Wires, it was the main theme. Hope is a violent thing, hope is not some hallmark card of a sublime rainbows. It's the work and war of having every indication that things aren't as they should be, but insisting more and better is possible. Regret Over The Wires like much of my work, starts via the intimacies between (and of) men and women and then leans outward to the themes and impulses that dog our bigger stories, our collective stories. You know what they are, they're in the paper everyday. They're in our feeds and heads, and those strange distances we feel we each other in various situations. The themes and plots we navigate are not new, only the tools have changed. Yes, things, some things, have gotten better. But if you look out upon the landscape and you're troubled by what you see, you have to acknowledge that there's one constant. And that constant is us. We have the strength and guts to lean for the better. There are glowing examples of our victories over darkness and defeat. And yet still there's that nagging impulse. That's what my song Skylight is about. I hope you'll give it a listen. And as always, thank you to ALL that helped me bring and offer such a song to the world. Art is always a collective effort. As is nearly every single thing we do. 

"My head is strong 
My heart is open 
I don't wanna fight 
I don't wanna kill 
But I'm desperate tonight 
If I'm pushed I will 
With hope comes the rent" 

- that's by yours truly 

Here's the great Seamus Heaney poem that pulled this out of me. I'm grateful for that, but suggest no greatness as profound as what Seamus offered: 

http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2003/04/21


CLICK PLAY BELOW TO HEAR SKYLIGHT:

Happy St. Patrick's Day and Until Kingdom Come... 

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Everyone! Here's a video I recorded yesterday in my Writing Room for you guys.  

Here's why I did it: 

"Always feel a little goofy "filming" myself singing one of my songs. But as always the hope is to offer something good and honest to you guys. Yeah I'm reading the lyrics while doing this and still manage to jank-up some of the words. But even with the shifty eyes and the slight discomfort of "being filmed," Until Kingdom Come gets represented alright here. Last night my friend Joe asked me why I hadn't done a video for Kingdom Come yet. And earlier today another friend ask me if I was gonna take part in CXCW this year. So... Two, maybe three birds with one stone...? Hahaha... Hopefully! So here ya go Joe, Dean, CXCW and to anyone else that stumbles upon this.The reason I chose Until Kingdom Come for this St. Patrick's Day video is that it references a song by Ewan MacColl that I was first introduced to by The Pogues, it felt like a natural choice. Besides, it speaks to that great Irish tradition of smart, humorous and joyful melancholy. Hope you enjoy it. 

Can't sing this song without thinking about my great friend John Anderson. Always on my mind, my man."

The video is below, or you can go HERE to view in on Youtube!



Alright. Be safe and have fun out there. More soon!
Matthew Ryan

Stereo Embers Magazine WORLD Premieres We Are Libertines 


We're happy to announce that moments ago Stereo Embers Magazine world premiered our new video for We Are Libertines!

Read the story HERE: http://stereoembersmagazine.com/26458-2/

The video was shot, edited and directed by Jesse Carr. And features my great friends Brian Bequette​ and Clay Steakley​; as well as the amazing Jack Spencer's pick-up truck. It was shot in East Nashville as couple weeks ago. 

Hope you enjoy it. It's quiet and dark. A little creepy.

A genuine thanks to Stereo Embers Magazine (Alex Green​, Dave Cantrell​, Geoffrey Tischman​) for helping us get the word out!


TOUR DATES...

Sep25

Art Nardini Benefit and Salute to Bob Dylan

The Rex Theater, 1602 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh PA

Benefit For Art Nardini Pittsburgh Salutes Bob Dylan 75 Sunday Sept 25 8PM The Rex Theater 1602 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 www.gofundme.com/artnardini Here is the ticket link: https://www.ticketfly.com/purc hase/event/1288731?utm_medium= bks

Pittsburgh musicians will come together to raise money to help Art Nardini recover from a serious accident by saluting Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday. Artists will perform their favorite Dylan songs. Our musical community has a rich tradition of lending a helping hand to those in need. Renowned photographer, Danny Clinch, has graciously donated a photo portrait of Bob Dylan to be raffled off. Please join us for this event. If you are unable to attend you can still support the cause by donating to www.gofundme.com/artnardini or send a check made payable to Art Nardini to Art Nardini c/o Joe Grushecky Box 14762, Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Scott Blasey, Robb James, and Greg Joseph from the Clarks, Randy Baumann, Rick Witkowski, Frank Czuri, Bill Deasy, Herman Granati, Marc Reisman, Matthew Ryan, and Nathan Zoob, Nevin James, John Vento

Art Nardini, good friend and bass player for the Houserockers, was severely injured in an accident that occurred on April 26, 2016. His road to recovery has been long and difficult. He is still attending therapy for his injuries. The Pittsburgh musical community will gather on Sunday Sept. 25 at 8pm at the Rex Theater on East Carson Street to raise funds to help pay his medical expenses by celebrating Bob Dylan’s 75th year.

Please join us. Tickets on sale Monday, August 15 at www.rextheater.com

Sep29

Matthew Ryan and Michael McDermott Co-Headlining Tour

Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson BLVD, Arlington, VA

Michael McDermott to play first Matthew Ryan to follow

Longer sets will be performed by both!

Tickets are $15

Sep30

Matthew Ryan and Michael McDermott Co-Headlining TOUR

The Saint, 601 Main Street, Asbury Park, NJ

Michael McDermott to play first Matthew Ryan to follow

Longer sets will be performed by both!

This show is 18 & Over Tickets are $15

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Tickets & Details: http://matthewryanonline.com/event/1643539/293624783/an-evening-w-matthew-ryan-at-the-cactus-cafe

More dates and tickets:
http://matthewryanonline.com/tour

As always, this picture was taken by the multi-talented great human and artist @dondilego
    Join me Friday, October 21st at 8pm at The Cactus Cafe in AUSTIN, TX! Tickets & Details: http://matthewryanonline.com/event/1643539/293624783/an-evening-w-matthew-ryan-at-the-cactus-cafe More dates and tickets: http://matthewryanonline.com/tour As always, this picture was taken by the multi-talented great human and artist @dondilego
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