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Hot off a months-long Wednesday night residency at 78 Below, blues-rock collective The Ryan Link Affair is expanding its territory and its repertoire.
Fronted by singer/actor (and occasional drummer) Ryan Link, a leading man alumnus of the Broadway productions of RENT, HAIR and Wonderland, the RLA explores the classic/Southern rock, soul and reggae genres. Recalling the spirit of '90s jam bands such as Blues Traveler, the band trades extended solos and creates mash-ups on the fly, weaving sets together with plenty of confident improvisation. It's what fans of Ryan's former Seattle groove-rock outfit Salamander used to call "Choose Your Own Adventure Music".
Guitar hero Daniel Peters, a Top 10 finalist/runner-up at Guitar Player Magazine's "Guitar Superstar" 2008, melds classic blues/roots licks with speedy arpeggios in a style befitting his Twitter handle - @shredabilly. He also fronts his own trio, the West Side Winders, with two albums released.
Rhythm guitarist and musician extraordinaire Frank Canino was the bassist on the national tour of the musical Hair from 2010-12, where he met Ryan, who was playing the role of Woof. Frank originally helped assemble the band at 78 Below when the club owner was looking for a new draw on Tuesday nights.
Bass legend Ron Jenkins has played and toured with Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Patti Austin, and Bill Evans, among others.
Drummer and groove-master Kenny Soule, a veteran of Epic Records' Nantucket and Columbia/Sony's DAG, also plays with Mary McBride, Walter Trout & The Radicals, and GO THERE.
Keyboardist Mark Berman brings jazzy reharmonization to the band, taking extended adventures "outside". His impressive resume includes stints with Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Petula Clark, Gladys Knight, Hugh Jackman, Ben E King, Buster Poindexter, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Richie Havens, Jennifer Holliday, and Phil Ramone. He also played the piano on the world famous theme to “Sex And The City,”