The Ryan Montbleau Band’s June 23 performance on the Rock and Blues t Cruise will be a very special celebration. That night will be the official Boston CD Release party for Ryan’s new album, For Higher. And a party it will be. Ryan will be joined on board by special guests Sarah Borges and The Primate Fiasco, creating a multi-deck festival on the Provincetown II. Tickets for the Ryan Montbleau Band Concert Cruise are available at www.rockandbluescruise.com
In recording For Higher, Montbleau broke with tradition, leaving behind the comfort of his touring band for a whirlwind series of sessions in New Orleans with some of the city's best musicians. Producer Ben Ellman of Galactic assembled an all-star cast including keyboard/B-3 player Ivan Neville, guitar-master Anders Osborne, drummer Simon Lott, and Meters bassist George Porter, Jr. to push Montbleau's soulful and soaring voice into uncharted territory.
"I have a band that I've been touring with for years, and usually by the time we head into the studio the songs are pretty well mapped out," says Montbleau. "This is a totally different record than I've ever made." While a few of the album's 10 tracks were already part of the Ryan Montbleau Band's ever-growing live repertoire, the majority, including four handpicked cover tunes -- stone soul nuggets from Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, forgotten super group Rhinoceros, and the late Muscle Shoals guitarist Eddie Hinton -- came together spontaneously with little prep work.
NPR recently highlighted Montbleau's grassroots success "earning fans the old fashioned way" with 200 shows-per-year including performances at major festivals like Bonnaroo, Gathering of the Vibes, and Life is good. He also contributed songs to Trombone Shorty's Grammy-nominated breakout album, 'Backatown,' and its follow up, 'For True,' and has co-written tracks with Soulive's Eric Krasno.
For Higher was funded through a PledgeMusic campaign. A full-service dynamic company, not just a static fundraising platform, PledgeMusic offers artists and fans direct and innovative ways for each to share in the music making experience..
Rock and Blues Cruises sail on the Provincetown II operated by Bay Sate Cruise Company. Cruises depart from the World Trade Center Pier at 200 Seaport Blvd, in the Seaport District of Boston. Advance tickets are available online at www.rockandbluescruise.com.Online ticketing closes four hours before sailing on the day of the event. If the show is not sold out, tickets will be available at the Bay State Cruise Box Office located at the pier starting 90 minutes before sailing. Rock and Blues Cruises sail rain or shine.