Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones

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Harkening back to a time when songwriting was the thing, these songs are packed with emotion driven by a wide vocal range. It’s evident that Jones wears his heart on his sleeve in life and lyrically.

Biography

The musical world Ryan Jones finds himself in today really began five years ago. At that time Ryan was wrapping up a college music career in Boston that consisted of playing any bar that would book him. Far from his Midwestern upbringing in the suburbs outside of Detroit, MI, Jones started a career in the music business at BMG Distribution as well as managing local acts. By all accounts things were going well on the business end of music but his own career was never too far out of site.

On Memorial Day of 2000 however Ryan was thrown a devastating curve ball that would change his world and music forever. His sister, who was his best friend, was killed in a car accident at the tender age of 21. That’s when he went numb to the business end of Music and began the grieving process by penning his first solo effort Songs From The Shadow Of The Sun

In this collection of music, written over a three year span following his sister’s death. Ryan played all the instruments, sang all the vocals, recorded, produced and even created the artwork. The songs became a way through the grief and loss.

With a wide vocal range and musical influences spanning from Bob Dylan to Guns N Roses and Bruce Springsteen to Ben Folds no two songs sound alike. Harkening back to a time when songwriting was the thing, these songs are packed with emotion and it’s evident that Jones wears his heart on his sleeve in life and lyrically. From the melancholy vocals on Imperfectly to the raw and gritty Guessed I Guessed this artist will leave you wondering if it is the same person performing these songs.

Ryan is back to playing live 5 years later with shows at Harper’s Ferry, The Paradise Lounge and countless bars in between in which he puts the passion the record represents into every show…and into every song.

Lyrics

Imperfectly

Written By: Ryan Jones

If today I quickly went away
Would your sky turn gray
Would you look the other way

Cause I can't tell if you really wish me well
Or if this is just a game
Where the winner gets your pain

If you could silence all my critics
And let yourself be perfect imperfectly
Then you could still be with me
Imperfectly

Time can be a way to heal a wound
A band aid or a broom
It can take me out of view

I believe that as the time goes by
It's easier to lie
About the things you feel inside

If you could silence all my critics
And let yourself be perfect imperfectly
Then you could still be with me
Imperfectly

Your mistake is you won't let yourself make one
You can't be wrong but if your not right you just walk away with out a fight

I am not your after school special
No matter what your people say
Your not happy surviving your not thriving
But at least this way you won't make mistakes
So go on
Just walk away

If you could silence all my critics
And let yourself be perfect imperfectly
Then you could still be with me
Imperfectly

'Bama

Written By: Ryan Jones

If I were to bet
You'd be leaving Boston
Not my fault i
t's the place that you got lost in
If I were to guess
Where you land next
Cause baby I know you best

Don't go back to Atlanta
Don't go back to Alabama
Don't go back to Tennessee
and most of all
Don't come back to me

If I were to bet
You'd keep away from Copley
After all you wouldn't
wanna see me
Tell me where you're going next
Have to lie and say it's best

If I were to guess
You go to dinner in the North End
Never thought
I'd see you out with your ex-boyfriend
If I were to guess
Where you land next
Cause baby I know you best

Discography

Songs From The Shadow Of The Sun

Set List

Typical set is an hour where I'll play 8 originals and 2 covers ranging from Otis Redding to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.