Ryan Humbert

Ryan Humbert

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Original pop-rock that fits right in with Matchbox 20, Sheryl Crow, The Fray or John Mayer but still pays tribute to guys like Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen.

Biography

Akron-Ohio based singer-songwriter Ryan Humbert has a habit of writing catchy songs that defy the boundaries of normal genres. Releasing two studio albums within two years (Nothing to Lose, Hangman) as well as a live CD (One Night Only: Acoustic Live) and two EPs (The Well Whatever Demos, Before You Leave), Humbert has proved he can build powerful albums that span many styles of American music and yet still stay firmly planted in the Pop/Rock world.

Over the past three years Humbert has played over 300 shows, either acoustic or with his band, including opening slots for Third Eye Blind, Pete Yorn, The Zac Brown Band, Chrissie Hynde, Elvis Costello, The Gin Blossoms, Foreigner, Josh Ritter, Dave Mason, Allen Toussaint, Alana Davis, The Push Stars, Raul Malo, The Subdudes, Red Wanting Blue, The Damnwells, Tim Easton, Maia Sharp and John Eddie numerous times and more.

The RHB had the honor of playing for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame�s 2006 American Music Masters Series in honor of Roy Orbison, one of Ryan�s favorite singers. They were the only band from N.E. Ohio asked to perform. More recently, The RHB was the featured band at the ribbon cutting ceremony of VegiTerrenean, the Akron restaurant of Pretenders lead singer Chrisse Hynde. In September 2007, Ryan portrayed Hank Williams in a sold-out five-night run of the Canton Cabaret�s �Hank Williams: The Concert That Never Was� performing 22 Hank Williams songs.

The masses have taken notice too. In 2005 The Canton Repository said "Nothing to Lose" was one of the Essential CDs of the year. In 2006 Ryan was nominated in the "Best New Artist" category for the Cleveland Scene Music Awards. The RHB was also nominated for "Best Americana Band" by the 2007 Cleveland Free Times Music Awards. Recently, Ryan was nominated for the Akron Area Arts Alliance Rising Star Award, which recognizes those who enliven and enrich the Akron area arts and culture community.

Humbert is currently promoting his new record recorded in Nashville, TN working with producer Lij (The Living Things, Glenn Tilbrook, Bonnaroo), "Old Souls, New Shoes" featuring RHB bandmates Emily Bates and Ben Evans as well as Audley Freed (The Black Crowes, Jimmy Page, Dixie Chicks), Steve Bowman (Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind), Roger Alan Nichols (Seal, Rodney Atkins), Daniel Tashian (Josh Rouse, Patty Griffin), Dave Jacques (John Prine, Patty Griffin), Jen Gunderman (The Jayhawks, Last Train Home) and Chris Carmichael (Steve Earle, Toby Keith). The album is being mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Jamie Tate (Taylor Swift, Jack Ingram). The record was recorded at Alex The Great Studios in Nashville. This record finds Ryan stepping away from the Americana world to make a pop/rock record full of hooks that is sure to be a hit.

Lyrics

Keeps Me Coming Back For More

Written By: Ryan Humbert / Jeff Andrea / Kira Leyden

Taking steps away from you,
But every step I take is proof,
That any way I go leads back to you.

The perfect ending meant to be,
Plays in my head like a movie screen,
Where you're the only one that's meant for me.

(Prechorus)
You've broken every part of me that's left,
Now help me find a way to forget

(Chorus)
Every kiss we'll never share,
Every word I can't repair,
Every look that you ignore,
Keeps me coming back for more.
Every smile and every touch,
The things we lose that mean so much,
Every chance that I've ignored,
Keeps me coming back for more.

I can't believe, I can't deny, This broken heart was just a lie,
And all I've got to grieve is wasted time.

I can't risk what I can't afford, The truth would cost us so much more,
I'm afraid to close this open door.

Bridge:
Takin' steps, away from you,
But every step I take is proof.

Discography

CD - "Nothing to Lose" - April 2004
CD - "Hangman" - May 2005
CD - "The Well Whatever Demos" - June 2006
CD & DVD - "One Night Only: Acoustic Live" - July 2007
CD - "Before You Leave" - December 2007
CD - "Old Souls, New Shoes" - COMING SOON

Set List

The Ryan Humbert Band performs primarily original songs, but also like to throw in some choice covers as well. The original songs include:

Temperamental Blues
Old Souls, New Shoes
Hand Me Down Heart
Nothing to Lose
Misery Loves Company
Heading South
Keeps Me Coming Back For More
Someday
Pass Me By
People Standing Still
Just Another Sunday
Novacaine
Losing My Touch
Trampoline
You Never Noticed
Hangman
Lonely Never Lets Me Down
Under a Late Night Sky
Another Bad Day
These Are The Days
White Lies
Can't Beat The Devil
Sideways
Redemption
Souvenir
And more!

And some fun covers:

Money Talks - AC/DC
Don't Let Me Down - The Beatles
Racing in The Streets - Bruce Springsteen
Can't Let Go - Lucinda Williams
Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
There She Goes My Beautiful World - Nick Cave
Dreaming My Dreams - Waylon Jengs
Drive - The Cars
And many others!