Harris And Ryden

Harris And Ryden
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The music of Stephen Harris & Chris Ryden draws a melodic line nearly the length of the Great Divide, from the craggy peaks of the Grand Tetons to the rolling, green Texas Hill Country. Lots of miles and lots of stories and lots of territory…And all of it is encapsulated on RUN (Two Mule Records), the aptly-titled second album from the increasingly popular duo. Although they attended the same high school in San Antonio, Stephen's and Chris' paths did not cross until after they made parallel sojourns to cowboy on ranches up in the wilds of northwestern Wyoming. A tangled skein of circumstance (or fate, if you believe in that sort of thing) brought the two together on a rambling roadtrip to Texas. Discovering a shared love of music-and a newly-minted affection for Austin-the two embarked on a musical partnership which has seen a wildly diverse range of shows- from sharing the stage with Lyle Lovett to performing at the ambassador's party at the U.S. embassy in the Dominican Republic. And, oh yeah, an awful lot of beer joints, too. Here To Jackson, their debut album of two years ago, was a portrait of two singer-songwriters in transition. "We went into the studio about four months after putting a band together," said Harris. "This was like five months from the time when we were just two guys on barstools, playing acoustic guitars" adds Ryden. The album established a benchmark for H&R ("Their harmonies break the mold [and] their music transports you from Wyoming to Texas within a few notes and leaves you wishing you were swapping stories around a campfire," said one observer). But they soon surpassed that recording as a live act. Which makes RUN, in a way, the first full-fledged Harris & Ryden album. "It seems to us like there is a big change from the last album to this one, in the overall sound," observed Ryden. "But it's a logical progression." And Harris adds with a smile, "We have no one to blame but ourselves." That's not precisely true. RUN was produced by Merel Bregante, whose landmark work with Loggins & Messina gave him a few platinum-selling insights about coaxing the best from a duo of talented songwriters and musicians. And the band H&R has assembled makes good use of some of Austin's most talented young pickers. The bakers-dozen songs on RUN (including the inaugural single, "This Hard Town") flow naturally between Western-flavored rockers, ballads and story songs that evoke classic high-lonesome images. Though Ryden cites influences from Mark Knopfler and Springsteen to Marty Robbins, and Harris' loyalties hew close to classic Texas storytellers like Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard, their collaborative work owes unclassifiable and original debts to folk, rock, country, and the fertile regional gumbo that is "Texas music." "(It's) kind of like contemporary country meets Western or rough-and-tumble Texas music with polished edges, combined with top-shelf songwriting," wrote John Goodspeed of the San Antonio Express-News. They couldn't have said it better themselves.
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Average Rating : 4.6              Total Reviews: 80

Harris And Ryden  08/07/2015            
Jim the Marine
H&R is my go to music when I want to unwind with a beer. It is as fresh now as it was when I first heard it over a decade ago at Blaine's Pub. I haven't found anyone who matches their style or lyricism. I find the back story to their friendship fascinating, too.
Harris And Ryden  08/02/2013            
These guys are great! Meaning behind the song writing and great melodies. Drank a few beers with Pepper (Ryden) too.
Harris And Ryden  04/12/2010            
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I know that boy he spent time in my home town wering that straw hat
Harris And Ryden  08/29/2008            
El Mocco
Best bad ever.
Harris And Ryden  11/06/2005            
texas bound again
best folk/ rock/ western/ what ever you call it band in the country.
Harris And Ryden  07/21/2005            
Txmusic junkie
I've seen these guys 4 times.. each time better than the last. Come back to San Antonio! Cheer up James!!!
Harris And Ryden  07/13/2005            
I love these guys!!! There music is great and I always have a great time when I see them in concert. Everyone should see them play, they are awesome!!!
Harris And Ryden  11/30/2004            
Los Angeles,CA
That's funny, H&R are as far from "frat" as you can get. Obviously this person has never listened to their music. By the way, I've never been on this site but it appears as if 80% of it is "Silly TX frat-music" anyway? I wish those guys the best and Ryden, I hope to hear you around the folk scene soon.
Harris And Ryden  11/21/2004            
This music is vomit. Also, an individual who thinks others are douche bags for not liking this circus act should first learn how to spell "you're." Once again proving that most of the people that post on this website are mental midgets . . . didn't you fRAT boys learn basic grammar in college?
Harris And Ryden  10/24/2004            
Well good to see you boys in Ft. Worth. Been a while. As for the record it is good. I know I'll have trouble taking it out. The album takes me back to the days on the road with you guys. Good luck with the record and I will see you boys soon.
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