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Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT Eliza Blue at 331

In spite of our cramming in the studio, we wanted to take the opportunity to play at least ONE show in March. I am really looking forward to it.

Eliza Blue is an amazing singer, musician, and songwriter. If you look around the Minneapolis music scene, you will notice that she somehow has the ability to be in several places at once. The first time I saw her was at the Cedar Cultural Center and I was totally Blown away.
Matty O’Reilly is a close personal friend and I am grateful that he decided to do do this show with us. I have been listening to Matty’s songs since this summer and am anxious to see him live again.
Again, we are still working as hard as we can to get La Vita Nuova out by late Spring of 2009. It is looking like we are right on track!

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I would like to first note that the Bunkers show two weeks ago was a blast! It was a strange feeling to come up from the basement to see all the faces there. I think we brought the rock. I hope we brought the rock. We brought somethin’.
Being the first time going electric, I was a bit apprehensive about the show itself. We actually never took time to go through any of those songs beforehand. We went blind. In retrospect, with the number of people at that particular show, it was a bit of a risky play, but it worked out.
There were other factors involved in the chips stacked against us that evening. Steve Goold flew in that evening from playing in Texas and could have been tired, but he was ripe and ready to go. Personal lives of band members seemed to be a bit chaotic and I think we all went on stage with fairly heavy hearts. I know I did.  But seconds into it… release.
That night marked another turning point for RP&TA. We have had quite a few in a short amount of time as we are trying to find our “voice” in the Minneapolis music scene. Hell, we are on our second go-round with the album (I will talk more about this later). Standing up on that stage with that guitar strapped around my neck made us realize that we were destined to be a little… well… louder. So from here on out, that is what you are going to be getting from us.

Steve Goold did the unthinkable. Well, it was not unthinkable per se, but I never saw it actually going down. We went into the studio to lay down drums for 12 songs and had hopes it would get done in one day. The plan was to start at 9am. Traffic held Steve up a hour. We loaded in and our engineer had to leave for a family emergency. We did not actually start tracking our first song until 11:30am.
Steve and engineer Dave Perez were masterful and efficient. I think Mr. Goold pulled out 5 tracks in one take. None were done in more than 4. The best part is that, despite everything that came up, we ended the session EARLY. I cannot wait for this record to get done. It is looking like the plan for Spring 2009 is going to be an achievable goal.

In light of the studio recording, we will be taking all February and much of March from playing live. However, on March 12th, we put together a night with some of my favorite musicians at the 331 Club in NE Minneapolis. The other performers will be Eliza Blue and Matty O’Reillly w/John Schjolberg. Plan for it. More details as it creeps closer.

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