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Ryan Spearman

St. Louis, Missouri, United States | INDIE

St. Louis, Missouri, United States | INDIE
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter

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Nov
30
Ryan Spearman @ The Sheldon Concert (w/ Pokey LaFarge)

Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Nov
11
Ryan Spearman @ Green House Grille

Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

Nov
09
Ryan Spearman @ Private Event (w/ 3 Penny Acre)

Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

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"Spearman's emotive ability is deft and limber. The troubadour can pull heartstrings while cracking a sardonic joke. Spearman's timing here is unmatched"-Will Kyle - Show Me Shows


Ryan Spearman’s Green Strum Project is an evolving effort to interest more St. Louisans in sustainable living through the power of folk music and recycled instruments. Spearman, a teacher at The FolkSchool of St. Louis, recently released Missouri’s first local, sustainable recording, Get Along Home. The goal was to make a recording with significantly low environmental impact and, as a result, help raise awareness of easily adoptable sustainable practices and the importance of healthy local economy. The Green Strum Project’s largest public event so far took place at St. Louis EarthDay in April, when Spearman and friends helped hundreds of children and adults create musical instruments out of recycled materials.

Join EarthDance at The Mission Awards Ceremony in order to celebrate these outstanding members of the St. Louis community! - Earth Dance Farms


Ryan Spearman, an open-mic night host, guitar instructor and fine folk singer, isn't kidding around when he talks about "going green." His latest album, Get Along Home, was recorded using instruments made from repurposed or recycled items — cigar boxes, wine bottles and pizza boxes are all manipulated and employed throughout the album. Spearman, alongside his wife and collaborator, Kelly Wells (who is the executive director of the Folk School of St. Louis), founded the Green Strum Project to "explore connections between art and sustainability in St. Louis." It's a project that's easy to love even before you hear a note. As it turns out, the album of suitably hand-hewn folk tunes stands on its own, even without the ideological trappings.
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The breezy, sunny strums of Spearman's tunes mix well with his slight drawl and honeyed delivery. The whistling blues of album opener "Mutton Chops" tells the tale of a two-bit scammer in a familiar story-song style that shows Spearman an apt pupil of his forebears, but nothing on Get Along Home comes off as purposefully old-timey or affected. In fact, his best songs show a topical bend to his songwriting, as on the artfully plucked "Promised Land." In the song, Spearman takes aim at American values with neither vitriol nor paranoia but with a weathered, wearying sigh. A similar vein runs through "Land of the Free," though the slow fade of "Hometown" is a better display of what becomes of busted dreams. Amid these moments of heaviness and hard questions come plenty of front-porch picking and light, jazzy strums. Baseball fans will take special joy in "Willie McGee," wherein the great Cardinals outfielder is cast as a folktale hero who strides tall alongside giants like Bruce Sutter and Ozzie Smith. St. Louis always loves the hard-hustling underdog, and Spearman fits that mold with such an ambitious and thoughtful project - The Riverfront Times


Ryan Spearman

Get Along Home

Green Strum Records

4 out of 5 stars

Multi-instrumentalist songwriter Ryan Spearman used to reside uphill in Nederland and years ago fronted the old-time band High on the Hog.

For several years now, he’s been in St. Louis, and to say that he took some of Boulder County’s green ingenuity with him to the Midwest would be an understatement.

Spearman has just released Get Along Home, an album that consists entirely of instruments made by local luthiers as well as homemade instruments built from recycled, found and re-purposed items like cigar box fiddles, bucket slides, suitcases and pizza boxes, among other items.

In a press release that accompanied the album, Spearman, the founder of the organization The Green Strum Project wrote, “It’s my hope that the album will not only entertain, but serve to inspire others to explore the opportunities that occur at the intersection of art and sustainability… to prove that art will not suffer, but rather prosper when subjected to the “limitations” of an idea like sustainable mindfulness.”

Called the “jujitsu master of folk” by The River Front Times, Spearman has found a way to update traditional music, without sacrificing the antique feel. Get Along Home is at times light and joyous, at other times, deep and thoughtful, treading a line that winds between old-time, bluegrass, country and straight-up folk.

It’s a delicate piece of work from a musician who thinks way beyond the notes he’s producing, and the entire package shines because of that.

— Brian F. Johnson - The Marquee


Consider Ryan Spearman the jujitsu master of folk music. Whether as a solo artist or performing around town with formal and informal blues and old-time groups, he uses his considerable knowledge of folk material and unassailable skill on guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and fiddle to disarm any attempt to fix tradition in history books or on wax cylinders. Spearman's 2010 album Live at the Chapel is no less than a clinic on how to update tradition without losing what makes mastering the old language worthwhile. His music speaks to the old spirits and teaches them a thing or two about contemporary life and song as well. - The Riverfront Times


Discography

"Aching Heart" release date February, 2013

"Get Along Home" released June, 2011

"Live at the Chapel" released February, 2010

"Take Any Road" available exclusively on itunes.

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Bio

Ryan Spearman lives to share music. He's a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, instructor, volunteer radio producer, promoter, podcaster, and the co-founder of an organization (The Green Strum Project) encouraging connections between sustainability and the arts in St. Louis.

Here's what St. Louis' Premier music magazine, The River Front Times, has to say about Ryan:

"Consider Ryan Spearman the jujitsu master of folk music. Whether selling out listening rooms as a solo artist or performing around St. Louis with formal and informal blues and old-time groups, he uses his considerable knowledge of folk material and unassailable skill on guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and fiddle to disarm any attempt to fix tradition in history books or on wax cylinders. Spearman's 2010 album, Live at the Chapel is no less than a clinic on how to update tradition without losing what makes mastering the old language worthwhile. His music speaks to the old spirits and teaches them a thing or two about contemporary life and song as well."

Ryan Spearman is the Educational Program Consultant at the Folk School of St. Louis where he is also an instructor. He teaches classes covering several traditional musical subjects including, clawhammer banjo, old time & bluegrass fiddle, finger picking guitar, jug band & old time ensemble performance.

Spearman is the proud recipient of the 2012 Earthdance Farms Mission Award for his work exploring the connections between sustainability and music.

In June of 2010, Spearman released St. Louis, Missouri's first local, sustainable CD, Get Along Home.

The CD was sponsored in part by The Green Strum Project. The idea for the album was conceived during a recent European concert tour and features instruments made from found and recycled items in the St. Louis, Missouri metro area. The album was written, engineered, mixed, mastered, and designed in St. Louis. The idea was to make a recording with significantly low environmental impact and, as a result, help to raise awareness of easily adoptable sustainable practices for artists and the importance of local economy.

Spearman has toured in France, Portugal, Spain, and Italy. He has been an official showcase performer at Folk Alliance International's yearly conference.

Ryan has also performed on the main stage of The Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Telluride, CO), The Northwest String Summit (North Plains, OR), High Sierra Music Festival (Quincy, CA), Kinfolk Festival (Lyons, CO), and The Thomas Hollow Songwriters Gathering (Exeter, MO), The Fayetteville Roots Festival (Fayetteville, AR), The Boulder Theater (Boulder, CO) , The Aggie Theater(Fort Collins, CO), and The Fox Theater (Boulder, CO) just to name a few.

Currently Spearman is performing solo, with the newly formed Ryan Spearman Band, and as a duo with Pokey LaFarge.