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Ryan Spearman 6/18/11 + Video

Ryan Spearman 6/18/11 Sara Finke
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  • Date Recorded: June 18, 2011
  • Artist / Band: Ryan Spearman
  • Hosting Show: Backroads
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Melissa James

Ryan Spearman calls upon folk and blues music -- fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin -- to create a sound that reflects his Midwestern roots.

In this Live at KDHX session, Spearman’s commitment to keeping the traditions of folk music alive gets a modern twist. He is creating something that is often missing from the music scene -- real music. He starts the session off with the track "Promised Land," which is only accompanied by the rhythms of the banjo and his mellow, tenor voice. This upbeat tune can make anyone want to get up and dance or just sit and stomp to the beat. On "Large Mouth Fool" Ryan balances his voice and the guitar well. The lyrics are light but humorous with a memorable hook.

He finishes the session with a tune that shows his skill at wielding the elements of blues and folk together to create an emotional piece. "Goodbyes, Broken Strings and Dollar Signs" solidifies the session and helps connect Spearman to a modern audience. Overall, the session evokes the sounds you might hear at a backyard Missouri barbecue on a relaxed summer day.

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