Ryan Adcock has found himself on America’s highways. In the past year alone, he has seen 39 states, two oceans, eleven National Parks, and well over a hundred music venues. All this without ever stepping foot on an airplane. The life of a touring musician not only allows you to do this…it forces you to. But, Adcock isn’t complaining. In fact, his new album is feathered with songs about his love of the road. The REM-influenced “Runaway” speaks of the freedom inherent in movement, while “Drive to Hallelujah” brings highway travel to an almost religious experience. So adamant is he about travel, that he even chose a home right next to I-71, one of Cincinnati’s major highways. Not surprisingly, all of this experience makes Adcock’s music something that is distinctly American.
Despite his love of travel, Ryan is also deeply rooted in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Voting music critics and fans in Cincinnati have named Adcock the city’s “Best Singer/Songwriter” and “Best Rock Vocalist.” This is a lot to live up to, but Ryan pulls it off on the strength of his live shows. His dynamic voice and rhythmic guitar playing come together to create powerful, stripped down versions of his recorded material. In addition, Ryan is known as an enchanting storyteller and will often have the audience in tears laughing in between tunes with tales of the road. Terry Dean, the owner of Akron’s Highland Theatre explains that “my staff called me out of a private dinner meeting from across town to make sure that I caught the end of Ryan’s set. I couldn’t believe it – he’s just amazing!” Whether playing for a crowd of fans at a small coffee shop or for over 2.5 millions listeners on abc radio’s “The Mitch Albom Show,” Ryan never fails to put on a solid performance. In fact, a music critics’ association in Ann Arbor, Michigan named him the town’s “Best Performer” even though he doesn’t live there.
Ryan’s latest CD, From Silence and Joy, has taken him to new heights. With the help of producer Brian Lovely (Blessed Union of Souls, Pay the Girl) and Cincinnati’s best studio musicians, Ryan has created a disc that is both quietly pensive and undeniably catchy. He’ll be spending the next year where he is happiest…on the road in support of his new disc.
Ryan Adcock - Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
From Silence and Joy -2002