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  02/26/2002            
Nick Wilson
Harris and Ryden represents a unique blend of "Texas Outlaw", rock, and folk music with a touch of "Rocky Mountain Western" mixed in. Their music is written and performed with a style and energy which is original, independent, and Texan.
Harris And Ryden  02/15/2002            
Rick in Sweetwater
I was introduced to H&R at the Spring Picnic in San Angelo that Blaine's Pub puts on and have been hooked since....they truely love what they do and it shows in their songwriting and performing. Tnank you so much guys for staying with your roots and pushing the best music...Texas Music....see you at the Blue Light in Lubbock or Blaine's soon...Hell, we might even suprise ya'll and see you elsewhere!!! Rick Nelson
Harris And Ryden  01/10/2002            
Great CD. You will find yourself playing these songs on your own guitar. If it ever hits the Big Time it might be a classic. It is very real!
Harris And Ryden  11/12/2001            
tommy taylor
great true texas band. the cd is a must for anyone who clams to love texas country.
Harris And Ryden  10/22/2001            
great sound, very unique, an excellent CD.
Harris And Ryden  05/12/2001            
This CD is a must for any "real" TEXAS music fan. The music is as real and honest as it gets. GOOD GUYS, GOOD MUSIC, GOOD FUN. THANKS: CHRIS, STEVEN, JUSTIN, WILL & SEABASS
Harris And Ryden  04/11/2001            
Stephen Sweeney
Some kids were over at the house the other day and they has this Cd in the player. It was very catchy, and I got to listening to these boys and really liked it. It is a CD worth buying. It is for any age. Hell, I'm 52, and my children are in their 20's. We all love it.
Harris And Ryden  03/25/2001            
F Andrews
Great job on "Here to Jackson". I don't know how to describe what kind of music it is, but I like it. I can't wait to see you guys live again.
Harris And Ryden  03/18/2001            
Will Singleton
Great album guys, it was good seeing you at the 93.3 show, however i must say the cheap shots on Beaumont have to go! LONG LIVE THE 40!!!!!!!!
Harris And Ryden  03/13/2001            
Starla Harris
Rock it, H&R.
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