L.A. Ryder
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L.A. Ryder

Frankfort, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1981 | SELF

Frankfort, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 1981
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Northwest Indiana's original blues/rock outfit, L.A. Ryder, has been slated as the opening act on the June 29 Johnny Winter concert date at Highland's Club Dimensions. The seasoned band also was chosen recently to appear on the "Indy's Prime Cuts" album, a compilation of the Hoosier state's best unsigned original talent.
Winter, the tattooed Texas blues/rock guitar legend, has been "moonlighting" as the session guitarist for actor/singer Bruce Willis just completed second album project due out by summer's end.
Bassist Mike Burdett has left local rock institution Shuddup & Drive after nearly 12 years of holding down the group's bottom end, to pursue greener pastures in Las Vegas as part of a hotel revue fronted by one time homeboy, Tony Carl. Stepping in temporarily on the S & D front is ex-Passage bassist, Denny Mee. - by Tom Lounges


During the last year or so, local bands have found their original songs gaining acceptance with growing numbers of people who frequent area night spots. L.A. Ryder, a seasoned group of players which kicks out some of the tastiest blues-rock numbers this side of the J. Geils Band, has been spearheading the attempt to give original music a home in the Calumet region. Originally formed in the mid-1980's, L.A. Ryder at one time was a typical bar band, spending night after night churning out radio hits of the day to delight of the dancing masses. "We knew that there had to be more to music than that", said group founder and namesake, Larry Ryder. "There was just no musical satisfaction found in being a glorified jukebox after a while". Ryder, whose style of playing at times is reminiscent of veteran area rocker, Pat Travers, had been writing original songs since he first picked up the guitar.
Unable to find club owners willing to risk their profits to expose new talent, Ryder recruited drummer George Buck and keyboardist/singer Al Kulasa from the remnants of the ill-fated 70's party band, Stonewood Fox. Together they set artistic gratification aside and set forth to earn a living doing other people's music.
Eventually, Ryder infected his band mates with the burning fever to write original music. Soon, a few originals found their way into the nightly set, alongside the usuall Top 40 fodder.
"The band today plays all original music" added Buck. "We used to play for the people but now we are playing for ourselves and hoping the people like what they hear."
"This time L.A. Ryder is a creative thing. We are laying out what we have to offer as musicians and whether we are accepted or not, we are playing the kind of music that we feel inside". "Everyone in this group is a songwriter", said Kulasa. "We've all been around the block and have been writing and playing for years. The nice thing about this group is that is a democratic situation. We have all played the ego game with other bands and are tired of it. Everyone in this band has a say in things and is able to interact on a creative level with the others. Unlike most bands, the bottom line is not about money, but putting yourself out there and showing them what you've got"
L.A. Ryder will be closing the Old Style Bonus Stage at Lansing's Superfest '88 with a 7pm performance July 25th. - by Tom Lounges


Friday June 1st, 1990.
Another 1970's legend, Foghat visits the region in the more intimate surroundings of Highland's Club Dimensions tonight at 8 as part of the venue's ongoing "Legendary Rock Series"
Opening the show is L.A. Ryder, a local blues rock band who was featured last summer on a "Best of Indiana" sampler album, culled from over 500 entries in a state-wide talent competition. Tickets are $10.
Foghat, a hard rocking British act, rose out of the ashes of the blues-based boogie band, Savoy Brown, back in the early 1970's under the leadership of Lonesome Dave Peverett. Tonight's show marks Lonesome Dave's return to the concert stae after nearly a decade of retirement from the rock scene. Heavy years of touring, a string of gold and platinum albums and a list of hits such as "Slow Ride", "Fool for the City", "Stone Blue", "I Just Wanna Make Love To You" and "Third-Time Lucky" have made Foghat an indelible name in the annals of rock history. - Hammond Times


Discography

It's A Miracle  (album)

Dancing Shoes (Itchy Feet) single

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Popular hard rock/blues soul band from Northwest Indiana, originally formed by Indiana natives Larry Ryder (guitar) and George Buck (Drums). But first there was Shank, Shank and Tootsie. That pre-incarnate lineup was comprised of Ryder (guitar), Stan Serna (Drums) and Medo Cortez (Bass). The band played the chitlin circuit of the Gary, Indiana area emerging from the backdrop of the blue collar steel mill communities and environments. By the end of the 1970's the group finished their run of their tenure musically, leading Ryder into the 1980's eventually evolving into The first lineup which contained Tami Lusa on Vocals, Denny on back up guitar, and adding Arnie Strezolinski (Bass) and Joel Alderson on Drums. With the namesake addition, the band quickly became a party band favorite, also recording their fist sessions at Timbre studio in Alsip, Illinois Soon, a Keyboard/Vocalist from local band, Stonewood Fox named Allen Kulasa, became available and a new blend was the result. Al's dynamic voice and penchant for the catchy pop tunes struck a chord with the hard rocking Ryder. Although Kulasa's influence was more from the soulful dimension of the likes of R n B stars like Lionel Richie and Kool and the Gang, the trio replaced Strezolinski with veteran bassist Joel "Baby" Valdez and expanding their sound adding Mike Haney on the saxophone. The writing style created a string of songs not to escape your mind so easy, such as "Rock with No Pension" a song for which won them a contest from Indiana's Beat Magazine 1990, Best band in the State of Indiana, "Columbian Heights" and "Take a Little Time" a song that was included on Best of the Region local band compilation CD. They soon gained a notariety for filling in for missing headliners and show stopping bass and drum solos. In 1990, the band picked up momentum opening up for national touring acts such as Robin Trower, Johnny Winter, Foghat and Savoy Brown at the popular Club Dimensions nightclub in Highland, Indiana.
Ryder and Kulasa continue to write together to this day.

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