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Mike Ryan

Friday, September 20, 2019, 3:00 AM

San Antonio-born Mike Ryan is set to enter the next phase of his career with the release of New Hometown, the lead single from his forthcoming album. Ryan set the bar quite high with the release of his last album Bad Reputation, in 2014, which featured a trio of number one singles on the Texas Music Charts. Ryan says he is more than excited to give his fans new music.New Hometown tells the story of a guy who is struggling to get over a break up, and it seems like everywhere he looks is a memory that he had with his ex-girlfriend. Hed spent his whole life in this hometown, but now he cant even walk down the street without seeing a place they had spent time together.I think its a song that most folks can probably relate to in some way, says Ryan. I love the melody of the song, and I think it tells a good story.Ryans musical story began in the Lone Star state, his first exposure to music was from his grandfather, who directed the Texas National Guard Band for over 30 years. He became one of Ryans biggest musical influences, first learning the clarinet from him among other instruments.I found out after one short lesson with my grandfather that there was way more to this music thing than I had ever realized before. Mygrandfatherwas able to make people fall in love with music in a way that no one else could. I was very grateful for that growing up.From there, Ryan taught himself how to play the guitar though he admits he had to learn the art of patience. I didnt have lessons or anything. I just had some extra time on my hands when I finished high school football, so I picked up a guitar and hit the ground running. Needless to say, he was hooked.The way I learned was mostly by listening to the radio to figure out chords. I would lock myself in a room and play for hours. I would play my G, C, D, and if it didnt sound right, I would just move the capo up, until I figured out the right chord. I taught myself how to play the way that it worked for me. Maybe learning from other people couldve made certain things easier, but I think learning it my way mightve helped make it stick. I think sometimes if you learn things on your own, you learn them better.Besides the hit records, Ryans resume also includes winning New Male Vocalist of the Year at the Texas Regional Radio Awards in 2015. The list of sold-out venues hes played around the country continues to grow. Hes also headlined several times at Billy Bobs Texas an iconic nightclub in Fort Worth, admitting that its a special place.Growing up in San Antonio, I really didnt hear that much about it. It wasnt until I moved up to North Texas that I started seeing all these bands I loved coming through there. Its so huge. It seems like the kind of place that even if folks arent too familiar with the band that is playing, they go there because its Billy Bobs. They have a good time there, and its a good family atmosphere. You can bring the kids. Thats a little bit different than other venues that you dont get to see that often. To see the looks on some of these little kids faces, when you walk by them and they get this wide-eyed stare because they think youre some kind of famous person, it such a cool vibe all the way around. Its a great place aside from the historical significance of it. Its just a great place to play because of the people that show up and the energy and the electricity that exists in the building.Billy Bobs proved to be a critical spot in the career of Mike Ryan without him even being there. Renowned songwriter and producer Chris DuBois, who co-founded Sea Gayle Music Publishing in Nashville, said it was at the Worlds Largest Honky Tonk that he first became aware of Mike and his music in 2013.We had two of our artists playing there on back-to-back nights, says DuBois. I was hanging out back in the green room, and I ran into Robert Gallagher, who had been the backstage manager at Billy Bobs for years. We sat and talked a little bit, then the next night, he came back and said Ive

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