Michael P. Ryan

Michael P. Ryan

 Syracuse, New York, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Born in Fairfax, Virginia Michael P. Ryan’s music seems to play like a movie. The music can best be described as southern influenced rock.

Biography

Michael P. Ryan’s highly anticipated 2nd studio release “Cashtown” is a culmination of years spent on stages throughout the Northeast honing his craft along the way. Michael's music resonates with organic instrumentation, undeniable hooks and universal messages. The album features the guitar work of Texas resident and longtime guitarist for The Edwin McCain Band, Larry Chaney (whose playing can be heard on such hits as “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More”) Larry took an active role bringing new textures and beautiful soundscapes to the foundations already laid down by longtime MPR Band rhythm section Joe Rehbein (drums) and Garret Knaub (bass). While laced with amazing string arrangements, vintage "Civil War" era horn sections and glorious gospel choirs, this music is still at it’s core southern influenced rock. With just one listen you are sure to find yourself… "Whistlin’ Dixie".

Suite Jennie Wade - 2010

Overture: Recorded, produced and co-written by: Mark Doyle
70 Violins, 10 Cellos, French horn and trumpet. Recorded in Boston, MA

This is a brief overview of the trilogy brought to life by the impeccable ear and vision of Mark Doyle. The music flows like a movie score, soaring and collapsing emotions throughout.

Onward Soldier: Written by Michael P. Ryan and Garrett Knaub

Billy Yank - A story about the Union brother’s struggles of leaving his wife, son and the only way of life he has ever known. His love of country leaves him no choice but to brandish arms and fight for liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. He was born in Virginia but soon found himself in upstate NY working his uncle’s apple orchard. Soon he would have his own orchard and a loving family. The war was calling at the same time his son was born. Without hesitation, he left to find his troop and fought courageously all the way to Gettysburg.

Ghost in Gettysburg : Written by: Michael P. Ryan

Johnny Reb – Born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia, Johnny was “mama’s boy”. He worked his family’s plantation with an iron fist. When the family incorporated multiple cotton gins they by far out produced every plantation in the south. It was only natural that he would lead a powerful artillery brigade in General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. He worked side by side with Edward Porter Alexander, commanding a powerful line of cannons at Pickett’s Charge. The first night in Gettysburg he came face to face with his brother on the outskirts of town near Blackhorse Tavern. They swore they would never speak of this and prayed for their mother before going their separate ways. Sadly, two days later, Billy would succumb to the cannon’s mouth under command of his brother. Johnny too was slain on this day, falling victim to the fateful charge that would decimate General Pickett’s troops in his most infamous battle. Johnny’s spirit is trapped in that bloody field to this day.

Look Away: Written by Michael P. Ryan

This is the saddest part of the story. After hearing of the devastation in Gettysburg, their mother travels to Pennsylvania to look for her sons. She finds them less than 1000 feet apart buried in shallow graves in the fields of Gettysburg. She frantically digs out both of them and brings their bodies’ home to be buried on the family’s land. Billy’s wife and son soon relocate to the south and begin the healing process amongst family. Both sons are sometimes heard whispering their mothers name in the empty sadness that encompasses the battlefields of Gettysburg.

Lyrics

Duty Free

Written By: Michael P. Ryan

Cards on the table
I'm dyin to get you alone
Willing and able
To find you and bring you back home

Your on my mind
Feels like we're running out of time
Still on my mind
As you car races over the boarderline

My one and only
I wish you could tell me the same
So lost and lonely
Not really sure who to blame

Your on my mind
Feels like we're running out of time
Your on my mind
As you car races over the boarderline

Excuses get easier everytime
Your car races over the boarderline
There's your car

I'm never lookin back
Cause this is so real
I'm never lookin back
Til' you find your way home

Your on my mind
Feels like we're running out of time
Your on my mind
As you car races over the boarderline

Excuses get easier everytime
Your car races over the boarderline
There's your car

There's your car
There's your car
There's your car

Man on the Moon

Written By: Michael P. Ryan & Tracy E. Ryan

Hey can you see the man on the moon
Waning nostalgic tonight
Can you see the face on the moon
Everything must be alright

Can you see him
What's he trying to say
Can you see him
Must have been a good day

Not everyone can see him
He shows to a few
You have to look to see him
Does he show you

Hey can you see the man on the moon
Full of contempment tonight
Can you see the face on the moon
Soon he will be out of sight

Can you see him
Slowly he turns away
Can you see him
He'll be back in a day

Not everyone can see him
He shows to a few
You have to look to see him
Does he show you

Can you see the man on the moon
Can you see him
Can you see the face on the moon
Can you see him

Can you see the man on the moon
Full of contempment tonight
Can you see the face on the moon
Everything must be alright

Discography

Ride Out - 2007
Ima-Live!- 2008
Ghost in Getyysburg (single)July- 2009
Cashtown- 2010
Jamb Kitchen Records

Available @ www.cdbaby.com/MichaelPRyan

Michael P. Ryan- Ride Out (2007)

Michael P. Ryan- Ima Live! (2008)

Michael P. Ryan- Cashtown
(2010)

Video Filmed entirely in historic Gettysburg, PA during the 2009 Reenactment July 3,4,5, 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKrA2c5HX-g

Set List

Hideaway
I Wanna Be
I'm Crying
Down The Well
Kansas City Thieves

- Suite Jennie Wade
- Overture
---Onward Soldier
----Ghost in Gettysburg
------Look Away

Cowboy Song (Thin Lizzy)