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Sounds Like: Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young, Jay Farrar, Greg Brown, John Prine
Bio: I’ve been singing and writing songs for almost as long as I can remember. I had my first working band when I was 14 and played for years in professional groups in Southern California and Southern Illinois. In the late 80’s, I began playing coffeehouses in Phoenix, Arizona and working with local t...See Full Bio
“The Spirit of Andy Devine by Bob Ryan is pure easy listening. Literally. Bob Ryan posses a beautiful supple voice, and writes peaceful songs. With the choir-like background vocals reminiscent of old fashioned country rock. The title number sounds like Michael Nesmith meets Scott Walker. "Heroes" is somewhat in the style of America meets Manassas. And in "South Dakota Bound" we hear slide guitars that sound as if Little Feat plays along -- those long withering tones. Beautiful. The opening number "Your Wandering Baby Boy" features what the sleeve notes refer to as a "Paul Cotton" guitar solo -- Paul Cotton being a member of Poco. But that's enough comparisons for now. "The Spirit of Andy Devine" deals with the disappearance of the Old West and the yearning for those times. So, in the end, the real theme is the fading and the impermanence of all good things, with which we can explain why humans dream of heaven. Uh, two more names to mention: Mickey Newbury meets Pure Prairie League.”