"...the dark circus that Don Ryan brings to life is nothing short of vibrant. In a word: dazzling." --The Aquarian Weekly
"Don Ryan is the real deal...This is a brand new take on old music, and this young man owns it. Don Ryan's music blew me away." --Ear To The Ground
"...the next artist ready to carry the torch of Tom Waits to a new generation." --HearHearMusic.com
"Don Ryan takes his musical materials and wrenches them into the shape that best expresses his intentions, with scant regard for precedent or convention. Witty, disturbing lyrics...Excellent stuff." --LiveUnsigned.com
"...all-around musical badass." --Warren Riker, producer (Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Sublime)
"...multi-influenced music mixed together by a mad scientist." --FBFY Monthly Mixtape
"Ryan never lets us quite hear what we expect...an artist of rare originality." --Oliver di Place blog
"Definitely worth a listen or 10, check him out." --INDMUSIC
released November 3, 2011
All songs written/performed by Don Ryan
Produced/Engineered @ Soaz Studio by Juan Soaz
Artwork--Victoria Malabrigo of Vix Venture Design (VixVenture.com
Greg Feehan--Trombone on "Tangle Town"
Anna Chilimintris--Violin on "Down and Out"
Eric Burchfield--Keyboard on "Maybe You Were Right"
Artie Shaw's "Nightmare" sampled on "This Town"
Thanks to: Mom and Dad, Gran and Pa, Uncle John (thanks for the first gitbox), the ENTIRE rest
of my family. Danielle Van Houten (you got thanked early on this one...better late than never. haha.)
Crystal Star, Bobby Loncto, Harold Austin, Alex Denney, Chris Balzano, Juan Soaz, Martina Awesomovska,
Kaz, Eric Burchfield, Tim Moran,Nikki Ilchert, Will Arvidson, Warren Riker, Andy Korzeniecki,
Erin Brown and the Misty Mundae Fan Club, Kyra and the rest o' the Seeds, Christoooo and Les,
TJ Annese, Jen and Jessy Parkhurst,Some Fuckin Dan Shields, Beau and Alissa, Chris Thompson,
Paul Vinci, Shaina Tullo, Unka Paul, Sam Vogel, Ali Cole, Sam McAndrew, Helen Lozada, Emanuel Ayvas,
Jeff Tussi, Griffin, Yuv, Jessy and Steph, DJ Mojo, John Velsor, Kelli and Vic Coghlan, Guiche,
Maggie Mae Gallman, Maria Otazo, Brian Cococcia, Pritam Dodeja, John Buscema, Scott Hallam,
Tanya Donatelli, Vadim Putimtsev, Katie Dillon, Jimmy Lloyd, Mike Stanton, Julia Berezovskaya,
Jeff Goreson, Melissa Wrolstad, Nick Alfieri, Rubby and Angie, Durge, Renee Polverari, Dennis Kimak,
about a thousand other people, and you, Mrs. Calabash--wherever you are.
Check out my friends' bands as well...Nikki Sue and the Bad News, Emergence, Elephant Goes West, AboyAbeard,
Emanuel and the Fear, Sunflower & the Seeds, Not the Kid, The Red Lights, DJ Alex Plus, Melissa Wrolstad, Gunsling Birds,
Colony, Led Zeppelin.
Thank you all a thousand times over. There are no words to sum up what all you folks mean to me.