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Some new music for Autumn just for you... 

Hello Everyone, 

Happy to announce NEW MUSIC for autumn! This was a labor of love. Please read this whole post to get a sense of what my intentions were and why I'm offering this.

My 8 Song Ambient Instrumental (DIGITAL ONLY) EP, Current EVENTS, is now available for Pre-Order right HERE: 

Upon Pre-Ordering you'll immediately receive tracks 1 and 2 from the EP, Parades of November and A Cold Fragment. The full EP will be released and delivered digitally on October 28th via Bandcamp.

This is a digital only release, there will be no hard copies printed at this time! 



Autumn is my favorite time of year, so vivid and constantly changing in air and look. I love the stark winters that follow up here where I'm living in Western Pennsylvania. Hills and rivers and trains, steel bridges and old architecture. And even still, the constant incoming of technology and information and the election. The troubles around the world and the country, the stresses and dissonance, and the seeming suddenness we've come to know so well. I wanted to make a companion to all that cinema. But I wanted it to operate without hype or force. Current EVENTS is offered to be experienced at a quieter to mid-level volume, it welcomes the ambient noise of wherever you live or what you're doing without invading your thoughts. It's intent is almost a soundtracking to you being leading women and men. Like Tom Waits said "All broken down by the side of the road, I never felt more alive and alone." That's what I tried to do here, to connect with those moments that sprawl. It's driving music, driving to work or stores or nowhere. Music for leaving and music for arriving. It's late night music, or rush hour music. Music for falling in love and being alone. Music for interiors. Music to make your friends worry about you... Hahahaha...  

I've loved the ambient work of Brian Eno, and the instrumental work of Ryuichi Sakamoto for years. The Cinema Paradiso pieces by Ennio Morricone have been constant companions for me since forever now. I've often thought instrumental music was the most generous music because it imposed no dialogue. It's pure, and allows each of us to immerse ourselves in our own stories and plots and beauties and aches. I've often found that some of my best lyric writing comes after a period of listening to a lot of instrumental music. Almost as if the absence of language reconnects me to my own interior. That's what I hope this collection offers to you. I don't pretend to be as proficient at this type of music as the artists I mentioned above, or even as my friends in Hammock and Our Ceasing Voice. I am a tourist when it comes to this. I don't consider myself a composer or even a particular gifted arranger. But I am a pretty good at offering weather via sound and simplicity, and I love the process. Hopefully these pieces become ladders and ropes and hallways to your own thoughts. Ultimately, that's the goal. Again, at its root, I hope this collection offers you yourself. That's why there's no voice or language on Current EVENTS. I wanted you to hear your own voice here. It's my guess that that's what a song should always be doing, because in ourselves we find each other. 

Above all I hope you enjoy this music, that it becomes a good companion.  

All the best, always... 

Matthew Ryan

This Sunday At The Rex In Pittsburgh... 

This Sunday I'm participating in a Fundraiser/Benefit for the legendary bass player of The Houserockers, Art Nardini. It's also a Bob Dylan Tribute. I chose this song because it lit me up as a kid, was a burst a light to every part of my mind and thinking and feeling. And because it feels (unfortunately) profoundly timely. 

No one can deliver like Bob, so I tried to bend it to my current mood and mode. Below is a preview. Hope it moves you, and if it doesn't, I hope it compels you to give the original a listen. You can find it on The Freewheeelin' Bob Dylan (my personal favorite of Dylan's early albums). 

Here are the details for the show in Pittsburgh this Sunday for Art Nardini. It's at The Rex Theater. We'd love to see you guys. The show starts at 8pm. I believe I go on first. I also start a Autumn Tour next week, so please take a look to see if I'm coming near you. Would love to see you!! Check out the TOUR PAGE!

Alright. Hope you're all doing and feeling good! See you soon. You can view the sneak-peak for the Dylan song I'll be performing right HERE:

Check out the Tour Dates page! 

Good Morning Everyone, 

So it's my favorite time of year and I'm gonna get to see a bit of the country soon and play some songs. These shows are all gifted with a bunch of friends and special guests, so be sure to go to the website and see who will be joining me on the night near you. I know many of you are wanting me to play your town, and believe me, I want to too. But as I've said before, this is a small operation. I get to keep doing this for a living because I've learned to be very patient and not bite off more than I can chew. So be patient with me. And if you're nearby one of these shows, come out and say hello!  And if you're inclined, please share news of these shows with fellow music lovers.

Can't wait. All the adventure and autumn tuning up. Hope to see you guys!

All dates & info HERE: TOUR PAGE 

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:


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


An Evening w/ Matthew Ryan at The Historic St. Joseph's Church in Galveston, TX

St. Joseph's , 2202 Avenue K, Galveston, TX 77550

Tickets: $20 Show: 7PM

Galveston Historical Foundation will open the doors to the 1859 St. Joseph’s Church for a special night of music with acclaimed singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan. Ryan’s performance will be completely acoustic, only using the incredible acoustics of the historic venue to highlight his highly regarded craft. A special selection of craft beer and wine will be available for attendees with donation.

An Evening w/ Matthew Ryan plus Special Guest William Harries Graham at The Cactus Cafe

The Cactus Cafe, 2247 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX

Doors: 8pm Show Times:

William Harries Graham: 8:30pm Matthew Ryan: 9:15pm

Admission: $15.00

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An Evening w/ Matthew Ryan

San Antonio HOUSE SHOW, San Antonio, TX

An Evening w/ Matthew Ryan at Jeff's Music Room

Interested in joining me for an intimate night of music at a friend's house in San Antonio, TX? Please write Jeff, my friend, and the host at for details and reservations.

Admission is $20 per seat! These fill up fast so don't hesitate!

Doors 8pm Music Starts around 8:30pm This event is BYOB Some snacks are provided

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