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Burgers, Beer, and Mike Ryan = Greatness

Well, it is Friday and it has been a few days since I last posted a blog.  Part of that is due to my hectic vacation schedule of lying in bed, watching T.V., drinking beer, and attempting the occasional home project.  The other part is due, in no small part, to my incredible laziness the last couple of days.  However, it has not been a total waste of a few days. 

As luck would have it, I stumbled upon some live music on July 4th and was treated to the musical greatness of University of North Texas Alum (Go Mean Green!) Mike Ryan.  This, of course, was completely accidental and coincidental that the place we went for beer and burgers, the always amazing Fred’s in Fort Worth, was having some live music. 

The dude was pretty remarkable and the best part about him was the cover songs.  He played some really amazing and ballsy tunes.  He covered icons like George Strait, Conway Twitty, and then mixed in a little Lenny Kravitz.  His voice was strong and his playing extremely capable. 

He had a few original tunes that were pretty solid and a stage presence that was not overwhelming except when he sang.  He was comfortable enough to show up to the gig in gym shorts and a t-shirt.  He mixed and mingled with the crowd and was extremely gracious to all that he spoke with.

After his set, he passed out copies of his CD “The First One” which is a compilation of three original tunes and three covers. 

  1.  Slow hand
  2. Won’t Let It Show
  3. Dancin’ Til Dawn
  4. Turnaround
  5. Some Fools Never Learn
  6. The Chase

Today, I tip my musical hat to you Mike Ryan, I dig your scene.

Check out Mike Ryan at www.mikeryanband.com

Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Bruce Robison!

Bruce Robison is the country hit maker of the country music stars.  You may be more familiar with Bruce than you might realize, as his songs have been covered by several high profile country artists, The Dixie Chicks covered “Travelin’ Soldier”, Tim McGraw and his lovely, blushing bride Faith Hill covered “Angry All the Time”, and George (all my songs are hits) Strait covered “Wrapped”.  All of the songs went to No. 1 on the country chart. 

Robison is a singer/songwriter from Bandera, Texas who is married to singer/songwriter Kelly Willis and brother of Charlie Robison who is a diesel mechanic, what, no that’s not right, oh, he too is a singer songwriter.  There must be something in the water in lovely Bandera, Texas because Robert Earl Keen lived in Bandera when he released his debut album “No Kind of Dancer”

Bruce Robison Discography:

  • Bruce Robison
  • Wrapped
  • Long Way From Anywhere
  • Country Sunshine
  • Eleven Stories
  • It Came From San Antonio
  • The New World
  • His Greatest
  • From the Top

Top 5 Bruce Robison Songs:

  1. My Brother and Me (Wrapped)
  2. Angry All the Time (Wrapped)
  3. Travelin’ Soldier (Long Way Home From Anywhere)
  4. What Would Willie Do (Country Sunshine)
  5. Tennessee Jed (Eleven Stories)

Robison’s songwriting is reflective and moving and is the force behind all of his albums.  His singing is warm and capable but not always enough to carry the greatness of his lyrics.  It is not surprising that his songs that have reached No. 1 have been sung by others.

Bruce and I have quite a bit in common.  He writes and sings great songs, I write about singers of great songs, He has four children, I have four children, he has twins, and I have twins.  He is a talented in demand writer with a successful music careers, and well, that, my dear readers, is where it ends. 

Check out Bruce Robison at www.brucerobison.com.

Bruce Robison’s music is available at iTunes, record stores, and www.brucerobison.com.

Great music waits!