Monday, October 17, 2011

Ryan McMahon

Journeyman musician Ryan McMahon is on the hunt for something bigger. After ten years of writing and performing his music in relative obscurity, while splitting time between Vancouver and his hometown of Ladysmith, British Columbia, McMahon is focusing on expanding his reach and mainstream success that has eluded him his entire career. Over the last decade, McMahon has toured Canada 10 times, released 2 full-length albums, 2 EP's, and a live record, seen his music licensed both Nationally and abroad, and heard his music on both commercial and college radio Canada-wide. But it's 2011 and two brand new albums that Ryan hopes take him to the next level.

The video above, "One Way", is featured on Ryan's brand new record, Put the Past in a Flask & Drink It. The album "hangs out on the edges of country just enough to say he isn't, Ryan McMahon is both a whisper and a scream storytelling hustler. His third independent release is the culmination of a decade of big highs and big lows."

Full of boot stomping bar anthems (Big Highs, Big Lows, We Live Forever, One Way) and dusty stories that could serve as a soundtrack for nomadic human tumbleweeds (Southpaw, I'll Be Damned), Put the Past in a Flask & Drink is for music fans that love good storytelling rock and americana, but can live without the twang. 

For the moment, you can head over to Ryan's bandcamp site and name your own price for the digital version of the record. There are also cool physical options with t-shirts and a limited edition flask.  

Here is a video/song, Everyday, from his other 2011 release, All Good Stories:

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