Ryan David Orr
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Ryan David Orr

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ | Established. Jan 01, 1998 | SELF

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ | SELF
Established on Jan, 1998
Solo Alternative Folk




"Review by Rootstime (Belgium)"

"Ryan David Orr has a warm, beautiful voice with which he intimates feelings of sorrow or joy...similar to that of Chris Martin (Coldplay), Damien Rice, or Ryan Adams." - Rootstime

"Review by James McQuiston"

"The music is timeless, while Orr’s penchant for finding the right word will have listeners swooning." - NeuFutur Magazine

"Review by Jimmy Rae"

"...a force to be reckoned with in this music world." - Skope Magazine

"Mac McDonald, Chief Editor for the GO Entertainment Weekly (Monterey County, California)"

"The 2003 release 'Bagdaddio' is stunning in it's depth and breadth...Orr's weathered voice is a cross between Peter Gabriel and Eddie Vedder." - GO Entertainment Weekly/Monterey County Herald

"Alisa Fineman, Award winning singer songwriter"

"Beautiful melodies and a unique voice with lots of texture and emotion." - Alisa Fineman

"C. Joseph Gough, producer/engineer"

"...refreshingly complete musically and lyrically...the music just magically happens." - Crystal Studios, Carmel Valley, CA

"Best Folk Album (International)"

"My Fair February Notable Shimmer & Grin" was recently named Best Folk Album (international) for 2007 by Toronto Exclusive Magazine. - Toronto Exclusive Magazine

"John Popper - frontman for Blues Traveler"

"Tender, powerful songwriting..." - John Popper

"Interview with Andrew Gilhooley"

Here is a link to read a recent interview about Ryan's latest release, "My Fair February Notable Shimmer & Grin."

http://www.thecalifornian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070913/ENTERTAINMENT04/709130305/1040/ENTERTAINMENT - Monterey Bay INK

"Early June Singles 2"

"...an eyebrow-raising show of confident lyricism and brilliant acoustic-pop songwriting" - Independent Clauses


"kopascetic" - released June of 2016 (CD, Vinyl, and Digital)

"For My Mother, Who Truly Loved the World" - released in 2015 (digital only)

"More Than Strangers" - released June of 2013 (for lyrics go to RyanDavidOrr.com)

"Mordred the Quarter Known" - released in June of 2011

"Vermilion" - Released in June of 2008.

"My Fair February Notable Shimmer & Grin"- Released in 2007 on Maiden Druther/named Best Folk Album (International) by Toronto Exclusive Magazine

"Bagdaddio"-Wondergoat Records (played on various stations such as KWVA in Eugene, OR and WDFH in White Plains, NY)

"November Angel"- Maiden Druther Records (a collection of writings from the mid-late nineties)

KPIG Radio

Radio Crystal Blue out of Philadelphia

On The Horizon network out of North Carolina

Simple Folk Radio out of Sussex, England

Has also recieved airplay on Power 95.7 (Show Low, AZ) and 96.5 (Show Low, AZ), KillRadio.org, RadioIndy.com,
ArtistFirst.com, WHFR.fm, Indie Castle Radio



For almost two decades, Ryan has been a major player on the American folk scene. A singer-songwriter and experienced musician, he has traveled all over the United States playing in many of folk music’s legendary venues.  For Ryan, performing and writing is a family tradition. His grandmother played sax and clarinet and his mother was a professional folk singer. Growing up in Ashland, Oregon, Ryan traveled with his mother to venues and festivals up and down the west coast. So, it was only natural when Ryan started to join his mom on stage, playing the violin by age seven and learning the guitar at 12.

Even at a young age, it was clear that Ryan was a talented musician. He was selected to join the Northwest Children’s Honor Choir and performed in a professional production of the opera Tosca. As a teenager, Ryan began writing his own music and at 13, he moved with his mother to Tennessee to join the Nashville music scene. He continued to hone his musical talent as they moved once again to Asheville, North Carolina.  He spent the next few years playing with a band and experimenting with the hard rock and grunge scene of the 1990s. Ryan knew though that he would eventually return to his folk roots.

Ryan credits his mother as being one of the biggest influences on his career. For him, music is about storytelling and folk has always been a dynamic platform for music writing. Moving beyond the cut and dry, he can work in the symbolic and diverse tradition of legends like Carole King, Joan Baez and James Taylor.   Over the years, Ryan has released numerous albums, and he writes everything that he records.

In addition to performing original songs, Ryan has performed in musicals, acted, trained as a massage therapist, and holds a Bachelor's of Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University.

Ryan now lives in the mountains of Lakeside, Arizona at an elevation of 6,500 feet. He continues to write new music and perform old and new songs in venues throughout the country.

-Jennie Held (Emmy winning journalist) of Steven Hero Productions, LLC



-Bagdaddio (Wondergoat Records 2003)

-My Fair February Notable Shimmer & Grin (2007)

-Vermillion (2008)

-Mordred the Quarter Known (2011)

-More Than Strangers (2013)

-kopascetic (2016)

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