Review: The Ryan McGarvey Band – True Blues Club at Earlestown Conservative Club, Newton-le-Willows

Posted on: Monday, May 20, 2013

Sunday, 12th May, 2013

This premier venue, a shrine to the blues genre, in the heart of Newton-Le-Willows attracts great bands from all over Great Britain and the U S of A. Talking of great bands step forward, The Ryan McGarvey band. without a doubt this young talented guitar player is about to become a household name such are the skills of this young man from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Ryan and his band; on bass guitar Justin McLauchlin – who has been with Ryan for about two year;s and on the drums Logan Miles Nix – a brilliant find who joined Ryan for this UK and European tour. They are carrying the flag for a new generation of talent from ‘across the pond’. Ryan’s musical agenda is leaning toward what is described as a soft rock, guitar powered blues, with echoes of other blues genres which were around him at the time when Ryan was growing up and being influenced by such music.

Ryan has had many an accolade laid at his feet in recent times but he backs this up in spades with an awesome display of guitar work that rocked me, no question at all. His intricate subtle playing was amazing, using the electric as they say to a crescendo of controlled sound bursting at the seams, but not your ears, with exceptional guitar and lap steel work.

The band played numbers off Ryan’s current cd entitled “Redefined”, cut in 2012, with 11 tracks on it, all written by Ryan, and a follow up to his first album “Forward In Reverse”, back in 2007. Ryan has stamped his mark on this exciting brand of the blues and I have to say he has nailed it perfectly, he is a massive talent. I had the pleasure of seeing a rising contemporary guitarist in the making – bravo Ryan and the best of luck in all that you do. You have been blessed my friend.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National and International music reviewer

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