Buckle up, you are about to take a journey. In the 60s and 70s, performers of the day experimented with multiple styles. Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, and James Taylor strode from folk to jazz. The Beatles tipped their hats to the 40s while stretching the boundaries into Indian, blues, and hard-edged rock. The Rolling Stones turned in classic rock- and blues- influenced recordings and eventually even infused disco into their lexicon.
All the while, a developing Ryan Michael Galloway just couldn’t stop writing songs representing a variety of tastes. At the center of his music is folk-jazz, songs with more than three chords, more than simple triads, and a layering of poetically-crafted lyrics that surprisingly read as well as they sing. To that, add a dash of expert bluesy, edgy rock guitar playing and an occasional touch of country—even that good ol' Texas swing.
The combination is enough to drive the music marketers crazy, but provides you—the listener—with far more than a collection of songs that sound the same. All who wander are not lost, and this artist knows exactly what he’s doing. Settle in, look out the window, and enjoy the ride with Ryan Michael Galloway. The journey starts now.
—Tom Kreason, Director, Texas Musicians Museum
released 01 March 2013
RMG: All lead vocals except for Bonus Track: Kingdom Power Glory; all electric and acoustic guitars; harmonica; background vocals on Lawd Ha’ Mercy, When the Rain Comes Over Texas, Her Eyes, Blue Sky Joy, Horseshoe Road Inn, My Dog Thinks I Am, Catch Up with Me, Ride Out, and The Night Before Tomorrow; piano on A Ghost from Ruins, Kingdom Power Glory (both versions), and Heaven in Your Sighs.
Ron Logan: Recordist and session engineer on all sessions, except Lawd Ha’ Mercy;a background vocals on Hands on the Rock, Kingdom Power Glory (both versions), Arrow to the Sun, My Dog Thinks I Am (spoken part); bass/synth bass on all songs except Lawd Ha’ Mercy and Heaven in Your Sighs; keyboards/synthesizers on Hands on the Rock, A Ghost from Ruins, Stand There, Arrow to the Sun, Her Eyes, Blue Sky Joy, Kingdom Power Glory, Catch Up with Me, Heaven in Your Sighs, Ride out, and The Night Before Tomorrow.
Chad Ireland: Drums on all songs, except Kingdom Power Glory, The Night Before Tomorrow, and Heaven in Your Sighs
Ken Miller: Tenor saxophone on Stand There, Blue Sky Joy, and Catch Up with Me
Robert Arthur: Pedal steel guitar on When the Rain Comes Over Texas and My Dog Thinks I Am
Aaron Yuhas: Tenor saxophone and bass on Lawd Ha’ Mercy
Alex Yuhas: Background vocals on Lawd’ Ha Mercy
Candace Stowers: Lead vocals, Bonus Track: Kingdom Power Glory
Chris Moore: Piano on Lawd Ha’ Mercy
Drunken sing-along crowd in Lawd Ha’ Mercy: Michael “The Mudcat” Reames, Bron Buick, Ryan Stokes, Aaron Yuhas, Wayne “Gator” Folse, Michelle Carney, RMG, and just about anyone else who was standing around or happened to wander in off of the street.
Gary Tullier, Tullier Studios: Drum recordist/drum sessions engineer on all songs except Lawd Ha’ Mercy, Heaven in Your Sighs, Kingdom Power Glory, and The Night Before Tomorrow
All songs produced and arranged by Ron Logan and Ryan Michael Galloway, except Lawd Ha’ Mercy produced by David Williams and Ryan Michael Galloway (arranged by RMG). Special thanks to Matthew Gaskins for arrangement contributions to When the Rain Comes Over Texas and Hands on the Rock.
“My sincerest gratitude to all who contributed their time and energy to this project. Special thanks to Ron Logan—my friend, co-producer, co-arranger and constant collaborator—without whose time and incredible generosity this project would not have been started, let alone completed.”
—Ryan Michael Galloway
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