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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Harris And Ryden  05/18/2004            
yea you
AAAAAAH, if you don't like these guys your a douche bag.
Harris And Ryden  12/21/2003            
Two words-Shiny Cars. I love this song. Chris Ryden's songwritting skills really show, and the instrumental jam at the and is unbelieveable. The way these guys show you about their cowboying life is wonderful. I hope these guys are around as long as Willie. Go H&R!
Harris And Ryden  10/01/2003            
A Baylor Texas Chic
Great Texas Music and these guys are awesome song writters. I just bought the cd and love it. They truly are TEXAS MUSIC. And the Baylor girls clearly think Ryden's brother is hot, definetly this one!
Harris And Ryden  08/07/2003            
Fan from San Antonio
This band is the best! They really know how to entertain. It is wonderful to just sit and listen to them but before long you just have to get up and dance! Their vocal harmonies and creative instrumentation weave a musical tapestry that is unique to the Texas music scene. These guys have great things in store for them.....and for us.
Harris And Ryden  08/04/2003            
not impressed
How can people like this? Harris and Ryden suck! Just listen to one of their songs, well, try to listen i guess. Trust me, it's hard.
Harris And Ryden  08/01/2003            
The Stallion
awesome music! great entertainment! ryden's sister's hot!
Harris And Ryden  08/01/2003            
bobby holiday
Man not only is the music great, but Ryden's sister is hot!
Harris And Ryden  01/08/2003            
h&r kicks ass
Harris And Ryden  01/07/2003            
i love their music. i'm only 13 but i know good music when i hear it. RUN,HERE TO JACKSON, and NOTEBOOKS are the greatest cds of all time. i have been hooked since their 1st album. H&R KICK ASS!
Harris And Ryden  11/21/2002            
These guys are awesome! I bought Here to Jackson and went out immediately to by Run when it was released. I am from Kansas, and I must say, I think that there are more people up here that would enjoy this quality Texas Music. I have introduced many friends to HR and they all have been impressed. They take the cake for my favorite group in music. Excellent!!
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