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  09/22/2002            
After finally recieving the CD, I must agree that it is one of the best that I have heard. You all need to come up north to Nebraska. I know I will be there for sure. Keep on doin what you are doin
Harris And Ryden  08/21/2002            
Meghan from Idaho
After living in Amarillo for 6 months, I have to say that the only good thing to come out of Texas is Harris & Ryden. "Here to Jackson" is the only cd in my pickup. It would be great if they could play in Amarillo during the 2002 World Ranch Championship Rodeo in November...hint, hint.
Harris And Ryden  08/21/2002            
I like it...don't know what to compare it to...guess that's why.
Harris And Ryden  08/15/2002            
Ross Kyger
If you haven't heard these guys, you don't know what you are missing. Real powerful songs with a down to earth approach. Chris and Stephen have incredible voices and when you hear them together, it's just plain addicting. They put on an awesome show if you can see them live. These guys will go all the way to the top.
Harris And Ryden  06/22/2002            
Y'all are awesome!
Harris And Ryden  04/25/2002            
These guys are wonderful...the band combines free flowing, upbeat music while maintaining a real life feel that the public can relate to. They are capable of a wide range of sounds from happy "rockabilly" tunes to melancholy laments...the band is truly filled with untapped talent.
Harris And Ryden  03/18/2002            
I first heard H & R when they opened for Gary P. Nunn at The Firehouse in Houston, Texas. It was my birthday and we had had a table reserved. We walked up to it and this guy was sitting there. I said "excuse me that is our table". It wound up being Ryden sitting there killing time until it was time to change for the show. He was realy polite and a genuinely nice person. When they took the stage my friends asked "Who are these guys, are they any good?" After a set we knew they were going to be something special. I couldn't wait until their CD came out. I wasn't disapointed by it. The harmonies are excellent, the lyrics are great, and there is not a bad song on the album. The only thing better is seeing them in person.
Harris And Ryden  03/04/2002            
The Harris and Ryden band writes many great songs songs and knows how to sing them. If you get a chance buy the CD and you will see what I mean
Harris And Ryden  03/01/2002            
H&R Fan
I saw H&R at Momo's in Austin one Friday night and really liked their music. I went out and bought the cd the next day. It is an awesome cd, a must have! I can't wait for their next album, and for them to post the guitar tab and lyrics on the web!
Harris And Ryden  03/01/2002            
big-time fan
"Here to Jackson" is a definite hit. It's one of the few CDs that I play beginning to end. I like every song on the album. H&R's style is captivating. Their live performances are also excellent. They put lots of energy and passion into what they do. I just wish they posted their guitar tabs on the Web.
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