11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a joke in The Lone Star State that goes something like, “Come to Texas a scholar; leave a musician.” Mike Ryan is a San Antonio native, but it was during his studies at the University of North Texas that he was exposed to a thriving musical community. His 2012 debut album, Night Comes Falling, balances country with rock, with the scales tipping toward the latter. “The Cold One” opens with Ryan’s throaty tenor crooning over a rootsy arsenal of Hammond organ, twangy Telecaster picking, and front-porch fiddle-playing over a solid meat-and-potatoes rhythm section. “57 Songs” follows with hints of that old-school Red Dirt twang mixed in before “Dance with an Angel” spotlights the young tunesmith’s penchant for penning a moving country ballad. With a harder roadhouse-friendly boogie and gritty Americana tones on par with those of John Mellencamp, the sultry “Baby Blue Jeans” plays like it was written for Gretchen Wilson. Ryan sounds most at home when he’s toeing the line between ballads and rock songs. The midtempo “Should I” saunters with style.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a joke in The Lone Star State that goes something like, “Come to Texas a scholar; leave a musician.” Mike Ryan is a San Antonio native, but it was during his studies at the University of North Texas that he was exposed to a thriving musical community. His 2012 debut album, Night Comes Falling, balances country with rock, with the scales tipping toward the latter. “The Cold One” opens with Ryan’s throaty tenor crooning over a rootsy arsenal of Hammond organ, twangy Telecaster picking, and front-porch fiddle-playing over a solid meat-and-potatoes rhythm section. “57 Songs” follows with hints of that old-school Red Dirt twang mixed in before “Dance with an Angel” spotlights the young tunesmith’s penchant for penning a moving country ballad. With a harder roadhouse-friendly boogie and gritty Americana tones on par with those of John Mellencamp, the sultry “Baby Blue Jeans” plays like it was written for Gretchen Wilson. Ryan sounds most at home when he’s toeing the line between ballads and rock songs. The midtempo “Should I” saunters with style.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
58 Ratings
58 Ratings
Justin Fitz ,

Amazing CD!

Mike has such rare musical talent and these songs truly showcase that! Not a bad song on the CD, holding on will be a huge hit once it hits the radio waves!! Keep up the hard work buddy!!

Brendan1314 ,

Wish I would have discovered him sooner

Heard Should I on the radio last week and fell in love. Didn't know he's been around for years. Whole album is worth it but the ballads and slower songs are definitely the heart of it. 10/10 would buy again

NoMoPolishedPopCountryCrap ,

Been deprived of great music for 2 years

I bought "Holding On" a few months after this album was released in 2012 and I fell in love with the song, 2 years later I decided to look and see if he released another album and he had not. But I listened to some of the other songs on this album and bought the whole thing. Why I did not buy this 2 years ago is beyond me.

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