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  03/10/2001            
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Heard these guys at the Blue Light in Lubbock last night. WOW!! what a show. These guys put on a hell of a good show. Great music an lyrics, lots of energy...watch these guys they will hit the big charts before long.
Harris And Ryden  03/08/2001            
Martita Huntress
I love this album! I can listen to it for hours on end. Their sound is extremely hypnotic and puts me in a good mood! These guys are the best...and they deserve the best!
Harris And Ryden  03/07/2001            
texas music fan
Im a big fan of all types of music and iv been seeing alot about this band. I went and saw them live here in lubbock and pictured them as more of a cover band plaing hardcore texas country. I decided to buy the cd and it was nothing like i had expected. The song writting was great but I thought I had put in a John Denver album. I dont want to step on anyones toes but if you think your going to the music you hear in there live shows on there cd you might be disapointed, but then again you may like rockymountin musice with a bit of texas mixed in it. Too each is his own...
Harris And Ryden  03/07/2001            
D Mullins
I bought "Here to Jackson" at their show last week. There are more good songs on this CD than just about any other CD I own. Thier style is a cross between Gary P. Nunn (great Texas Music), John Denver (Mountain themes, voice pitch), and Bellamy Brothers (excellent harmonization). "The Real Ones" is my new favorite song.
Harris And Ryden  03/06/2001            
Good job with the album guys. I'll see you next time you're here.
Harris And Ryden  03/05/2001            
old friend
Great sound, very different and unique. Ryden, keep up the good songwriting.
Harris And Ryden  03/04/2001            
Sarah Sweeney
My cousin has turned me on to yet another amazing group. I usually agree with her on music, but this band...WOW. I have never agreed more about anything. When I was in Austin visiting, she took me to see Harris and Ryden. They are awesome live, and the mandolin player is phenomenal. I later found out that he had not even picked up a mandolin until 6 months ago--can you even believe it? All of these guys can sing AND play. That is a rarity. Most groups can either do one or the other. However, they have all that plus a great harmony going on, and I would definitely recommend getting their new CD. It is a sound that we here in "THE" state have been longing for for quite a while now. These guys as a whole are a group you really can't afford to miss. Quit stalling..go..get the CD.
Harris And Ryden  03/02/2001            
Great CD... Great Guys...
Harris And Ryden  03/01/2001            
Jason Jackson
These guys are all right. They are seem nice, and are good live....although I didn't care for the cd a whole lot. No offense
Harris And Ryden  03/01/2001            
Josh Mitchell
I first saw Harris and Ryden at Mango's in Austin last summer, and I was immediately taken by their lyrics and musical talent. I was surprised to find that they hadn't even made an album yet. Well now they have here to Jackson and it is easily one of the best albums I have ever owned. I like to go see the high energy live shows of artists like Pat, Cory, Roger, Jack Ingram etc., but I'll take the great sounds of the Harris and Ryden band over them any day. The album is great, and seeing the band live will only add to your enjoyment of their songwriting and musical talents. If you do catch them live you'll also find that they are some of the nicest, most down to earth entertainers around.
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