Sun 12/17/2017
@Christ Woodland UMC
Akron, OH

Wed 12/27/2017
In Brent Kirby's 10x3
@Brothers Lounge
Akron, OH


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About B. Ryan B.

"B" is a stage musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Y'know, that guy who sang "Cleveland is Your Land."

B. Ryan Blog

Another FARM in the books

Mon 10/23/2017

The annual Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) conference was another weekend-plus of workshops, showcases, and breaking bread together. (More pics and memories about it on my Facebook page.) It's always intensely inspiring and humbling, even after 10 years of this.

The inspiring part is learning new tricks and tips, about both the music itself and the business of it all, seeing it done before my eyes, and eager to get back home and try them out. The humbling part is seeing insanely talented people and simply feeling unworthy. (I've heard my fellow humble musicians scoff, "I'm just gonna go home and burn my guitar right now.")

Lucky for me, FARM is also a bona fide community of professionals in the folk arts. We're in this together, and we're present for each other. Besides a modest performance in the FolkNet room, my contribution consisted of some work on FARM's web site, and bringing my "radio voice" to emcee one of the two showcases.

Shout out to my traveling companions Heidi Sherer & FolkNet's Charlie Mosbrook, to Heather Styka who's coming to Cleveland for a show on November 11th, and to fellow Ohioan Bob Hofbauer for finishing his five-year term as chapter president with distinction. To old friends like Sandy Andina, Andy Cohen, Sue Fink, and the legendary Chuck Mitchell; and new friends like Mari Black, and Doug Wood; and so many more.

Oh, hey, if you're interested in tagging along next year, it'll be closer to Cleveland than it's been in over 10 years: Grand Rapids, Michigan. Catch you there?

Bittersweet farewell to Paul Hamann

Sun 9/17/2017

My hat is off, my head hung in sorrow. I suspect, somewhere, this legendary Cleveland sound engineer is enjoying the most glorious choir of angels, in a timeless place where recording is no longer necessary. Perfect music is his reward for perfecting so many others'.

If you don't know of Paul, really, you should. His Suma Recording Studio, founded by his father, birthed records for such talent as Wild Cherry ("Play That Funky Music"), Grand Funk Railroad ("We're an American Band," "Loco-Motion"), Black Keys, Lemon Pipers ("Green Tambourine"), Human Beinz ("Nobody but Me (Nono no no)"), Outsiders ("Time Won't Let Me"), Dave Brubeck, Mel Torme, Frankie Yankovic, James Gang, Michael Stanley, PDQ Bach, Alex Bevan, and Pere Ubu. pays tribute here. I'm glad to have paid tribute while he was still with us.

Yes, this does mean a delay for my second CD, but more than that, I'll miss his mentoring. Thanks for everything, Paul!

More voice lessons

Mon 8/28/2017

I started my latest semester of vocal lessons today. Hey, even musicians take lessons.

'Cos everybody wants to be a "cat." Even Sam here.

Woodstock: wow!

Thu 8/17/2017

Performing with Acoustic Joyride at the 2017 Yasgur Road Reunion (a.k.a., "Woodstock 48") was a fantastic experience.

I posted some photos from the trip here in Facebook. Thanks to Warren for posting a video clip of our experience here, featuring a sit-in by Norman Tischler from our sister band InCahootz.

Summer Jam photos

Sun 7/16/2017

I mentioned below that Acoustic Joyride has invited me along to YRR (whispered: "Woodstock"). Gearing up for that, I've also sat in on a few of their local gigs, including a private party near Cleveland.

Really good times, partly captured in photos here on Facebook.

What Yasgur Road Reunion is and means

Mon 6/5/2017

Yasgur Road Reunion celebrates Woodstock every year on the late Max Yasgur's original homestead. I'll be performing there with Acoustic Joyride this August.

Just discovered this vid of festival hostess Jeryl Abramson reading Max's own letter to the local newspaper's editor after the event. And wow, his first-hand account is as historical as it is relevant today. (The letter-reading segment is 10 minutes.)

B. Ryan Bio

When B's not taking his own music on the road, he plays bass guitar and other instruments for a couple other Northern Ohio bands including classic folk rock group The FlipSide, acoustic funk trio the Will Cheshier Tiny Orchestra, and prolific folk singer-songwriter Tom Gorman.

In the past, he's sat in on bass with top local talent including Anne E. DeChant, Wallace Coleman, Diana Chittester, Brian Henke, Crazy Marvin, Blame Willie, Desmond and Molly, and the late Rob Cosma; and backed up international performing artist Kat McDowell.

B can also be found behind-the-scenes, engineering sound and providing other musician support. He has emceed Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) since 2010.