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“Ryan Paul & The Ardent, whose tune has changed recently from moody to majestic and is definitely one to watch in 2011.” – Twin Cities Metromix

As a songwriter, I have gone through several phases. When this band started up, I was writing Americana/alt-country music. Most of those tunes were put on our first record, La Vita Nuova. In early 2010, I was writing music that took us far enough away from the Americana genre, that a complete reformat was necessary. In order to document that change, we tracked Cute Souvenirs Session EP in a quick 10 hour session.

At the start of 2011, I found myself with a new batch of songs. I guess I’m not even sure how to sum them up. I had assumed that I was moving in the same bracket that held songs from Cute Souvenirs. However, upon debuting two of the songs at The Southern Songbook, co-host and friend, Adam Levy said, “Judging by this new batch of songs, I think you have moved into a good place.” The (above) quote from Metromix came shortly after.

Could it be that different? Maybe it’s not. I’m not sure if I am growing into something or if I am moving through another phase. Either way, I am having fun sorting through these new compositions with the band. We’ve just begun toying with them. There is really no telling where they can go…

I invite you to judge for yourself. Please stream and download a recent show FOR FREE.

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If you were in Minnesota this weekend, you noticed the frigid subzero weather. I tried to pass the time reading and listening to music, but eventually went a bit stir crazy. I was picking through my vinyl and pulled out some Dwight Yoakam records. I decided to pull the minimal resources available and paid tribute to Dwight with my own version of “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere”:

Free download. Pass it on to friends. And check out the other live recordings on that site!

-Ryan Paul

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2009 was a pretty wicked year. We are really looking forward to what is in store for 2010. I’ve been meeting with our new manager from Invisible Button Entertainment and she has some amazing ideas for going forward.

We’ve been working on a video project called “Confessions”. I’d like to give you a preview of Part 6.
Here are some of my confessions about La Vita Nuova, my Jimmy Peterson story, and some of my ideas for the next year. Enjoy!

If you missed our show with Kid Dakota at the Turf, we were able to pull a video from that night as well. Some of it kind of cracks me up…

I’d also like to remind you that there are ALWAYS fresh and free live downloads from our “Live Archive” page. You can sample and download in any format you like.

Thanks for the support in 2009!

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Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT has partnered up with NoiseTrade to offer you a copy of La Vita Nuova for free. It’s pretty simple… tell 5 friends, or simply pay whatever you want to. If you own it and you like it, this is a good way to get your friends in on it. If you don’t have it yet, you have very little to lose. NoiseTrade is an awesome company and we feel that the music industry is going in this direction.

Click Here for Your Free Copy of La Vita Nuova!

Official Website http://www.ryanpaulandtheardent.com

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