About the album
“Bart Ryan has a knack for baring his wounds, and with such smoldering instrumentation, the emotion simply wrings from his soul.” — American Songwriter.
The album will be released on March 24th 2023.
When Bart Ryan’s fifth full-length album, Starlight and Tall Tales, came out in 2020, it received stellar reviews from music critics in the U.S. and Europe. Not only did they take note of Ryan’s guitar and lap steel playing, but also his depth and breadth as a singer-songwriter. Blues Rock Review described Ryan as “an impressive guitarist and a strong singer, but Starlight and Tall Tales works because of his songwriting,” and American Blues Scene called the album “an ambitious work that moves confidently from soul-infused power to stark intimacy, unified by Ryan’s gritty vocals and soaring guitar and lap steel.”
Now Ryan is following it up with Messenger, his first all-acoustic album. From the infectiously feel-good “Street Corner Angel” to the political fable “The Ballad of the Lizard and the Frog,” Messenger features ten original songs, most freshly penned. Still, a few are drawn from the past and re-imagined, including “The Healer” and “Wanna Be” from Starlight and Tall Tales.
When asked about the title of the new record, Ryan says “every song on this record has a message – a message about love, fate, lust, anger, hope… maybe all of them at once. Sometimes a song feels very personal, it’s my message. Sometimes I feel like a conduit and the message is just passing through from somewhere else. Either way, I’m the messenger.”
Friday, April 21, 2023, Theatre Beresteyn, Veendam
Friday, May 05, 2023, Scooters, Leeuwarden
Saturday, May 06, 2023, Cafe ’t Hoekje, Drachten
Wednesday, May 17, 2023, Paddy O’Ryan, Leeuwarden
Sunday, May 21, 2023, Taverne De Waag, Haarlem
Tuesday, May 23, 2023, Blues Club The Lane, Middelburg
Sunday, May 28, 2023, Blues Maastricht Rock Passions, Maastricht