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Ryan Young

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A multi-instrumentalist based in Austin, Texas, and a songwriter at heart, Ryan Young creates music that is heavily rooted in blues-inspired melodies with a familiar, vibrant diversity — much like Austin itself. His sound, a unique blend of rock, country, and funk, has been described as “tastefully diverse”. Imagine Led Zeppelin and the Meters hanging out at Willie Nelson’s barbecue and you’ll have a good sense of Ryan’s direction.

White Citrus, the second studio LP from Ryan Young, is an eclectic collection of ten songs ranging from greasy Southern rock to front porch Americana. The album is Ryan’s follow-up to 2006’s well-received debut LP, Seven Suburban Spirituals. Recorded in Ryan’s own Suite 2E studio, the album swings, twangs, grooves, and rocks. Sometimes all in the same song.

“I wanted to make a guitar album. Something that wasn’t over the top in terms of technique or showmanship, but more of a return to just really good playing. I’m a guitarist by trade and I feel like there’s quite a void in popular music for guitar-oriented songs. Plus, I got to work with two of my absolute favorite players in Scott Clark and Daniel Sproul!” - Ryan Young, on the driving force behind White Citrus.

However focused Ryan was on the guitar, he never lost sight of the most important thing - the song. “I firmly believe that a good song always wins. I always try to start with a song on just an acoustic guitar. Can it stand alone completely naked - just guitar and vocal? If it can’t, then something’s wrong.

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