SOLD OUT Ryan Montbleau Band

Time hangs heavy on the vine/Let’s make wine,’ Ryan Montbleau sings in the lulling, sensual verse that gives his group’s new album its title. Ryan Montbleau Band has been tending its own musical vineyard for a few years, on the patient cusp of a breakthrough. Their distinctive, long-fermenting blend of neo-folk, classic soul, and kick-out-the-jams Americana finally comes to full fruition in Heavy on the Vine. It’s an album that represents the product of ‘ and further promise of ‘ a very good year. Don’t worry if the classic sounds they’ve bottled up remain a little hard to put a label on. ‘I’m not one of these people who say ‘Oh, we can’t be pigeonholed.’ I honestly wish we could, just so I could describe it quickly to people,’ says Montbleau. ‘This record has folk songs, funk songs, country tunes, a reggae tune . . . and the end is almost like prog-rock. It’s all over the map, but it’s all us, and we do it all wholeheartedly. We’ve sort of come up in the jam scene, and that’s where our hearts have been in a lot of ways, but we don’t go off on 15-minute epics. We’re actually trying to make the songs shorter as we go. So I would lean much more toward the Americana thing than the jam thing. But, more than anything, we’re definitely about the song.’

SOLD OUT Ryan Montbleau Band

Time hangs heavy on the vine/Let’s make wine,’ Ryan Montbleau sings in the lulling, sensual verse that gives his group’s new album its title. Ryan Montbleau Band has been tending its own musical vineyard for a few years, on the patient cusp of a breakthrough. Their distinctive, long-fermenting blend of neo-folk, classic soul, and kick-out-the-jams Americana finally comes to full fruition in Heavy on the Vine. It’s an album that represents the product of ‘ and further promise of ‘ a very good year. Don’t worry if the classic sounds they’ve bottled up remain a little hard to put a label on. ‘I’m not one of these people who say ‘Oh, we can’t be pigeonholed.’ I honestly wish we could, just so I could describe it quickly to people,’ says Montbleau. ‘This record has folk songs, funk songs, country tunes, a reggae tune . . . and the end is almost like prog-rock. It’s all over the map, but it’s all us, and we do it all wholeheartedly. We’ve sort of come up in the jam scene, and that’s where our hearts have been in a lot of ways, but we don’t go off on 15-minute epics. We’re actually trying to make the songs shorter as we go. So I would lean much more toward the Americana thing than the jam thing. But, more than anything, we’re definitely about the song.’

Ryan Montbleau Band

Ryan Montbleau is a pure soul singer. Not in the traditional sense. His voice ‘ although a sweet, passionate instrument ‘ isn’t packed with Memphis clay like Al Green’s or greased with urban sophistication like R. Kelly’s. Instead, Montbleau sings purely from his soul in a voice every bit as honest, open hearted and original as the stories he tells in his songs.

An Evening with Livingston Taylor
to benefit Friends of mvyradio

Mvyradio comes to the Narrows Center to present Livingston Taylor with special guest Ryan Montbleau. One of the most entertaining performers of our time and a highly regarded interpreter of the modern song, Livingston has delighted audiences for over 30 years. Ryan Montbleau will open for Livingston with his soulful voice and insightful, heartfelt songs. With 25 years on the air and 10 years on the web, mvyradio is one of the premiere radio stations in the region and the world.
DOORS and RECEPTION at 6:00 p.m.
CONCERT at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are available at friendsofmvyradio.org or in person at the Narrows Center.

Ryan Montbleau

Here’s a description from the WERS website: ‘Ryan Montbleau is the typical boy next door. Throw an acoustic guitar and some bluesy vocals into the mix and you’ve got John Mayer comparisons coming out of the woodwork. But that doesn’t bother Montbleau, he understands that such comparisons are only natural and that it’s necessary for people to identify his music with something in order to describe it, better that it’s Mayer rather than Megadeth says Montbleau.’ Meet perhaps the hardest working guy in singer/songwriter land at www.ryanmontbleau.com