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  11/08/2002            
This albulm really digs deep into the talent of both Chris Ryden and Stephen Harris. The melodies and harmonies are truly unique in style. The great songwriting is getting even better. If you ever have the chance, catch these guys live. You wont be disappointed. The second album is Phenominal Texas Music. Dont miss this
Harris And Ryden  11/08/2002            
I pre-ordered this CD and have been thrilled with it. I think it is one of the finest displays of songwriting in all TX music. An excellent CD that is my probably personal, all-time favorite. If you like H&R, you will really like this.
Harris And Ryden  11/06/2002            
Reuben - Austin, TX
H&R has done it again. A great mix of styles and thought provoking lyrics. A true Texas band with roots in classic western combined with a progressive country sound. Buy the album, you will not be disappointed.
Harris And Ryden  11/05/2002            
J.C. Carpenter
Great Musicians! Great songwriting. The band sounds just as good live as they do on their albums. A must see band! Good guys, too.
Harris And Ryden  11/05/2002            
J.C. Carpenter
Great Musicians! Great songwriting. The band sounds just as good live as they do on their albums. A must see band! Good guys, too.
Harris And Ryden  10/28/2002            
Grant B. Butrum
Awesome CD! These guys have captured everything that makes Texas Music great. Keep up the great work guys!
Harris And Ryden  10/06/2002            
Lone Star Bow
Great Texas Music
Harris And Ryden  09/30/2002            
Aaron Watson
Great Show at the Gypsy Tea Room and at Blaine's! The new cd is awesome!
Harris And Ryden  09/23/2002            
Doctor Greg
In their first CD,Harris and Ryden have captured the essence of pure honest country music from the heart. Chris,tell your Dad to bring me your second CD when he comes in to get his teeth cleaned. Y'all keep your boots on the ground in Texas, your hats in the Tetons, and play the music from your heart. Enjoy the ride and hang on tight! See you in San Antone.
Harris And Ryden  09/23/2002            
Ross Kyger
Can't say enough about the new CD. It hasn't left the player in my truck yet. Their albums are bar none the best I own, and I am a Texas Music fanatic. It's hard to beat true cowboy music. Can't wait to see ya'll back in College Station. Keep it up guys.
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