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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: 

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!


Stereo Embers to premiere our new video for We Are Libertines on Wednesday, March 9th! 


Afternoon Everyone!

We're happy to announce that next Wednesday (March 9th) STEREO EMBERS will be premiering our impressionistic and creepy music video for We Are Libertines off of Boxers. It was directed, filmed and edited by Jesse Carr at Dogwood Films and features Brian Bequette, Clay Steakley and Jack Spencer's pick-up truck. The video was shot in East Nashville. I recently shared the video with Kevin Salem (Producer of Boxers, the album that includes We Are Libertines) and his response was simple: 


"I love it. It looks and feels like The Deer Hunter." 


I agree. Jesse did a beautiful job. Can't wait for you to see it.

Stay tuned!















 
















 

Things only look quiet... 


Good Morning Everyone!

Just a short note to finally say Happy New Year to you all. I hope January is easing you guys into the plots and beauty ahead. Things have been very busy over here, though they may appear quiet via the socials. That's just not the case. I'm currently working on a handful of things that will be announced when the timing is right. Rest assured songs are being written, and the "architecture" of the next album is well into that strange process. It's almost a waltz, there's a certain grace that's required. Every record feels a bit like Moby Dick, but the one that's emerging, particularly so. Some great songs have been written. And some that just aren't quite there. Others that are just awful. It's funny and hard sometimes to know the difference. Only time tends to sort those things out. It's taking a strength, persistence and patience that I haven't known in some time. I've decided when it comes to albums, my albums, I wish to offer you only the very best of what I'm capable of. That may seem obvious, or even a bit odd, but you might be surprised by the forces that influence what eventually reaches you. From inside, and out. I'm insisting on only the purest skeletons, skin, playing, cinema, observation, interior and "poetics" possible. Boxers has recharged, reignited something in me. It's drawn a lot of lines that I believe needed to be drawn. I'm so grateful to all involved with Boxers. It continues to be discovered, we'll keep doing what we can on its behalf. 

I didn't intend to write so cryptically. But the intersections in this process bring a certain reflection. As does life. Things are beautiful and changing up here in Western Pennsylvania. Winter has settled in. Last night I took a drive and it was so cold it was as if the snow had turned to glitter. The headlights were straight ahead and surveying all that "quiet." It was beautiful. There's a lot ahead.

Stay tuned!

Always,
M. Ryan

Last show of the year at The Living Room in Brooklyn, NY this FRIDAY (DEC. 18th)! 

This Friday (DECEMBER 18th) I'll be playing a special solo set at The Living Room in Brooklyn, NY! Sadly, The Living Room will be closing it's doors forever at the end of this year. When I heard, I had to play there one more time. Jennifer and Steve (who own The Living Room) have been wonderful advocates for so much music for almost 30 years. It's sad to see this happening, I hope we can make this Friday as beautiful a night as possible. I have a few friends that will be joining us (Jared Hart of The Scandals is already confirmed and more will be), and Jennifer is also filling out the night with some of her favorites from over the years. Tickets are just $10! Music should start around 7:30. I go on at 9PM! For tickets go HERE or click the picture below.



 

The solo/demo version of The Queen of My Arms is now available on Bandcamp! 


I'm happy to announce the solo/demo version of The Queen of My Arms with all its desolate cinema, reverb and harmonica is now available on Bandcamp!

CLICK HERE to listen and purchase the solo/demo version of The Queen of My Arms















It's sounds more like what many of you that came out to shows heard! More shows are coming but don't forget I'll be doing some special shows with the great Brian Fallon and Jared Hart over in Jersey in early December: Check it out: THE TOUR PAGE!

*Photo by Don Dilego

New Dates Announced with Jesse Malin, Brian Fallon and Jared Hart... More to come! 


Afternoon Everyone!

Just a short note to let you know the last part of 2015 is shaping up to be quite busy! A bunch of solo shows have been announced. I'll be out most of October with the great Jesse Malin. In December, I'll be doing some special solo shows with Brian Fallon (of Gaslight Anthem... he's working on his first solo record! It's gonna be great). The shows with Brian also feature Jared Hart of The Scandals

To clarify things (even though this should be obvious): Shows with The Northern Wires "in-tow" will be announced as Matthew Ryan and the Northern Wires. Solo shows will be posted as Matthew Ryan. Boxers continues to grow and we're excited about all that's developing. Stay tuned!

We just added a new solo show in Montreal with Jesse Malin, so keep an eye on that TOUR DATES PAGE! 















Photo by Geoffrey Tischman