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The Ryan Star thread
I emerged as a huge fan of Ryan's over the summer of '09 when he played a bunch of acoustic shows here in Southern California. Then I saw him and his band open for Collective Soul in September '09 and saw how tight the whole band has become since I saw them open for David at the Borgata (Atlantic City) in March. Then came the amazing intimate full-band show at Zoey's Cafe in Ventura, CA. It was one of the most thrilling evenings. I just cannot believe the week it capped: David, Crash Kings and Ryan in Hollywood (favorite concert of my life), then mega-concert of DCATA in San Diego, and then Ryan and his band in the best listening room/dinner club in Southern California, playing to 40 or so diehard fans of his. Semi-unplugged (mix of acoustic, and full band but not amped all the way up, although they blew the roof off that tiny place). For videos,
You'll also find tons of Ryan's performances from the Declaration Tour on John's channel, plus those acoustic sets in LA that I mentioned before. Ryan played for close to 90 minutes in Ventura. It was a show that had us going... cheering, laughing, crying, singing... very much as David's shows do. This is NOT a competition. I will never leave one of these guys to support the other. I support both. David has changed my life in more ways than I can tell you. Ryan is at a stage in his career where he needs as much help from us as he can get. I love both of these dudes, and their band mates. We are blessed to have them making beautiful music for us.
ETA: Ryan's CD Release show at Irving Plaza on 8/3/10 is now up there with the greatest concerts I've attended.
I now understand the instant bond that not only David and Ryan made, but the bond that both bands made with each other. It couldn't have played out any other way.
If you want to support Ryan, make requests for "Breathe" to your local HAC station.
In LA, text requests to KBIG (MyFM) at 31043. Or use the mediabase request form on line, and write it in. Once a day for a text, once a day for mediabase. Don't spam the stations, and follow the guidelines in the "request thread" here on DCO.
Check out this cover of Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows."