Bryan Rason is at the cutting edge of contemporary fingerstyle guitar. Drawing influence from guitar giants Don Ross and Antoine Dufour, Bryan's playing displays many percussive jaw-dropping techniques to create beautifully textured, groove-laden tracks.Share
Bryan Rason is an incredible Canadian solo acoustic fingerstyle guitarist. Drawing influence from such talents as Tommy Emmanuel, Andy Mckee and Chet Atkins, Bryan takes solo acoustic guitar playing to a new level by bringing together multiple genres and styles to create a truly unique and fascinating listening experience for all music fans.
Since the release of his first record "Follow Your Bliss" in 2011, Bryan has been an actively touring musician who has performed in England, throughout Ontario, Canada as well as the United States including Chicago, IL, and New York. "Follow Your Bliss" features totally original material which showcases how melody, harmony, bass lines and percussion (beats) can masterfully emulate a full band experience on a single acoustic guitar.
In addition to the original material spotlighted on Bryans album, his repertoire includes a wide variety of cover songs with arrangements of Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind", Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger", Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" and everything in between. With over 100 videos on YouTube totaling over 1 million views, he is quickly becoming an online sensation!
Bryan has just recorded a new album which includes many of his most popular covers coupled with newly penned original tunes. This album entitled "GENRES" was released June 2013. In response to fan demands, an additional single (Bryan's arrangement of the classic "Storybook Love" from Princess Bride) was released for digital distribution in September.
2012 UK Songwriting Contest Semi-Finalist
2012 Great American Song Contest Finalist
Though born in Toronto, Bryan has grown up and lived in several communities across Ontario. From a young age he was inspired by his father to learn guitar and play country music.
As a teenager, he discovered metal and hard rock and for several years performed in bands across Southern Ontario. Further pursuing his love and fascination with music, he attended and graduated from Trebas Institute as a music engineer. Now in his thirties, Bryan has found his calling in and a true talent for the fingerstyle guitar world.
Currently, Bryan juggles his time teaching private lessons, writing, arranging, recording and playing live.. He has played with fingerstyle greats such as Antoine Dufour and Ewan Dobson and continues to find inspiration in the works of Tommy Emmanuel, Andy Mckee, Lenny Breau and Adam Rafferty.
For more information about Bryan Rason and his music or to book him for performances, please visit his official website at www.bryanrason.ca. There you will also find links to MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts as well as downloadable lessons. Bryan's debut album "Follow Your Bliss" and the most recent release "GENRES" are available now via ITunes, CDBaby, Amazon, and other online stores as well as on his official website.
Follow Your Bliss (2011)
GENRES - JUNE 2013
Set list varies greatly depending on the set length, location, atmosphere, etc. Originals and Covers are commonly inter-mixed unless it is an original only set. Since almost every song is in a different tuning, the set list is often based around that.
The following are examples from a typical set, keeping in mind the full list of covers is not included.
What Dreams May Come
Coming For You
Mach Of The Angels
Love's Not Alone
Here Comes The Sun - Beatles
If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
Four Strong Winds - Ian Tyson
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
You Are Not Alone - Michael Jackson
Those Who Wait - Tommy Emmanuel
Me And You - Kenny Chesney
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Time of Your Life - Green Day
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Beatles
Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Arms Wide Open - Creed