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Quickly: I was a last minute side-note to a very cool event that happened last weekend at The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. Local music legend, Adam Levy, and Lily Troia of Invisible Button Entertainment put together a sold out show called “A Tribute to Al Kooper: Featuring Al Kooper“.

If you are unaware of the name Al Kooper, you wouldn’t be the first. However, I promise you that you have heard Al and you didn’t know it. Have you ever heard “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones? He produced that. Have you ever had a voyage into Southern Rock by listening to Lynyrd Synyrd? He discovered and produced them. You know that amazing organ part on “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan? You guessed it, Al Kooper.

The first half of the evening was thick with talent and anticipation as local musicians Adam Levy, Alicia Wiley, Alison Scott, Kevin Bowe, Erik Koskinen, Brian Just, David Campbell, Martin Devaney, Kate Murray, Joe Savage, Ashleigh Still, John Eller [there are more… my hands are tired] performed Kooper’s songs with Al giving a pre recorded intro and story to each. After a short intermission, Kooper himself took the stage.

The encore was especially cool to me as I was able to take the stage with all of these fine folks to sing half a verse of “Like A Rolling Stone”, sandwiched between Erik Koskinen and Martin Devaney and Mr Al Kooper to my right grinding away at the Hammond organ. What a thrill!

I sat back and recalled the short period of time that made that experience possible. You see, we played Palmer’s on Thursday with Patches & Gretchen. It was hot and sticky and sweaty and awesome. With the absence of Steve Goold, we had our friend Jeffrey Dunitz beating on some noise makers and Cory Eischen provided us with a robotic drummer to fill in the rest. It was so weird!

Halfway through that set, the door flung open and there was Lily, Adam, and Al. My first internal reaction was You brought him to this gig!?!? I tried to forget that there was a musical legend in the room and the five of us rocked the end of that set as hard as we could with what we had (Levy hopped on some percussion for our closer, making it extra cool and unique).

To make a long story short, I was able to have a really nice conversation with someone I never thought I’d meet (much less at Palmer’s) and I got an invite to sing on stage with them all on Sunday.

Al Kooper Tribute by Stephen Cohen
Photo by Stephen Cohen

My lesson: You never know who you’ll run into at Palmer’s.

Thanks Lily, Adam, and Al.
.rp

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We had a wonderful time playing at the 331 Club last night. I left the show all sweaty and with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. I thought it would be fun to point out a few people who have done selfless things for us.

(In no particular order)
elli rader/paperlily – elli booked RPandTA for a good year and did an amazing job of it. She also takes great photos of us and designed our beautiful website. elli is single-handedly responsible for much of the early word of mouth praise of this band. We all have grown quite close to her. Thank you.

Lily Troia/Invisible Button Entertainment
– Lily and crew opted to take us under the powerful wing of Invisible Button. There is so much going on behind the scenes. Lily’s dedication to all of her bands is admirable (and seemingly impossible, but she pulls it off). Thank you.

Janey Winterbauer
– Janey has been a constant support for us. She sang on La Vita Nuova and rocked our CD Release show last summer. In addition, she has agreed to follow me on some wild tangents and even recorded a demo in my living room. She is a talented singer and musician. Thank you.

Matt Patrick
– Matt is working with us on our new EP. He has been a champion with meeting our schedule and budget. This EP is going to sound great! It’s an honor to be working with such an accomplished musician/engineer/producer. Thank you.

Adam Byer – Adam is almost finished with his degree in post production for film, but he continues to record tracks with me. The first, “Nothing Can Destroy”, appeared on La Vita Nuova. The second will appear on the Cute Souvenirs EP. He manages to squeeze these projects in with his own film projects and band. Thank you.

Jason Woolery/The 331 Club – I am not certain how it happens, but we always seem to have our best performances in that tiny club in NE Minneapolis. We’re indebted to the 331 for allowing us to come back over and over. I love that there is a venue in Minneapolis that provides free music and still treats it’s bands with enough class that we all want to keep playing there. Thank you.

Dena Alspach/Metro Magazine – Dena has had to have seen us play more than a handful of shows. She always seems to pop up when I am least expecting it. She also invited us to play the 2009 Metro 100 Party and plugs our shows when she isn’t too busy juggling the media world of Minneapolis. Thank you.

Sarah Sandusky/First Ave/7th St Entry – Sarah is a total sweetheart and continues to book us along with bands that we really enjoy. It is seriously not uncommon for me to tell her that I love something on the calendar and to have her try to find a way to get us involved in the show. She is consistently professional and rad at the same time. I imagine the two are tough to do concurrently. Thank you.

I’d also like to thank all of the bands who share bills with us. It is such a privilege to share the stage with such talent. I can’t list them all, but we are talking about Kid Dakota, Sam Roberts Band, Brad Senne, Brian Just, Eliza Blue, Breaksea Caravel, Rock Plaza Central, Luke Redfield, Backyard Tire Fire, John Swardson, Holly Newsom, Painted Saints, Al Church & State, Daredevil Christopher Wright, Solid Gold, the list goes on and on and on… Thank you.

Lastly, I would like to thank THE ARDENT for all of the hard work and sticking with me through all of this. It’s been a cool year and a half. You guys are some of the most talented players I know and am humbled to have you make my songs sound the way they do. Thank you.

Ryan Paul

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Breaks are nice. We have spent a lot of time tending to other affairs and projects and are ready to get back playing live again. I’ll highlight a few below:

October 1, 2009 Metro Magazine 100 Party
I know that we are all really jazzed to be a part of this. It seems like it is going to be a crazy party! Mark Wheat from 89.3 The Current will be spinning tunes; Solid Gold will be playing a (guaranteed) scorching set;  Shuga Records will showcase The Unknown Prophets, Unicorn Dream Attack, and some other choice music acts; and we will be headlining the 331 Club. There is TONS of other stuff going on at the Ritz, Anchor Fish & Chips, Rogue Buddha Gallery…
–6pm, 21+ Tickets are $35 (advance) $40 (gate)

October 6, 2009Ryan Paul, Brad Senne, Nate Berhousen Trio
This gig is pretty exciting for me. Brad Senne is a personal friend and one who I have followed for quite some time. His new record, Aerial Views, really blows me away. Brad and I will be doing a couple shows together in October. I would call this a “not to be missed”. We’ll do some of his tunes, some of my tunes, and some from other musicians we enjoy. Also joining us will be Nate Berhousen from Breaksea Caravel…
331 Club, 9pm, 21 +, Free.

October 21, 20o9 – “Midnight or So” Gallery Opening at 318 Cafe.
All of our “official” photos were taken by elli rader.  She doesn’t just shoot us.  She shoots lots of things, including barns in rural Minnesota in the middle of the night. October 21st is the gallery opening of these barn photos. Not only will you get a shot at purchasing these prints (drinking wine and rubbing elbows with other art snobs), but you will get a cool night of music. Janey Winterbauer, Brad Senne, and others will join us on the stage and we will try our hardest to back them…
318 Cafe, 6pm, Free

October 22, 2009 501 Club with Molly Dean and The Ex Lovers
I have been to lots of cool shows at the 501 Club downtown. It’s owned by the same people/person who owns the 331. Molly Dean is a musician who was introduced to me by elli rader. I think her stuff is really really good. We’re excited to have her there with us. We are equally amped to be playing with our new friends, The Ex Lovers. If you haven’t heard this band yet, you absolutely have to! Not to mention the fact that they are darlings…
501 Club, 8pm, 21+, Free

November 12, 2009331 Club with Brian Just Band
Back home at the 331 with our near and dear friends, The Brian Just Band. I cannot say enough about Brian and his band. They are by far one of my favorite groups in Minneapolis and I keep on asking them to play gigs purely so that I can watch them again. Per usual, we let the hair down (huh!) and play our favorite venue as if we were playing in our living rooms.
331 Club, 8pm, 21+, Free

Also, starting with this blog post, I’m going to let you know what has been heavy in my music rotation the few days leading up to typing this sucker out.
1. The Beatles Remastered (Stereo and Mono) – It just doesn’t get any better.
2. Jim O’Rourke – The Visitor (2009) – 38 minutes of bliss
3.  The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Higher Than The Stars EP (2009)
4.  Suburban Lawns – Self Titled (1981) – Jake Rudh reminded me of this record. It freaks my cats out!
5. Deerhunter – On Platts Eyott Island (2009)

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Ryan Paul
www.ryanpaulandtheardent.com

Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT by elli rader

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Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT CD Release at 331

Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT CD Release at 331

June 19,2009 was a day/night I’ll never forget… THE ARDENT and I met up at the KARE11 studios at 8am on June 19th for our in-studio performance.

CD Release at 331: Eliza Blue opened the night.  Janey Winterbauer joined us on stage for 4 songs (Including “Wiser Time” cover). Brian Just and band closed us out. I want to urge you all to download the copy of this show! It is so fun! FREE! Do it! CD RELEASE SHOW DOWNLOAD

Also –  Good friend and ex-King Freud member Jordan Carlson filled in for Steve Goold at The Stone Arch Festival. This show is also available for DOWNLOAD

La Vita Nuova by Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT

  1. Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT La Vita Nuova coverMeet Me Where I Am*
  2. More of You
  3. Seen It All**
  4. Stubborn Lover**
  5. It’s You**
  6. Second To Numb**
  7. Melinda
  8. Unconditioned
  9. Beautiful Surprise*
  10. La Vita Nuova
  11. Nothing Can Destroy

* Jimmy Peterson (Bellwether/757s/Missing Numbers) – Slide Guitar
** Janey Winterbauer (Janey & Marc/Astronaut Wife) – Vocals

“…La Via Nova, comes after Paul spent some time living in New York City, so perhaps that explains the slightly urban and gritty quality to the work that separates it out from the legions of Jayhawks imitators in their midst.” – Twin Cities Metromix

La Vita Nuova is available at local Minneapolis record stores (Cheapo, Electric Fetus, Treehouse) NOW and will be available with on-line retailers on July 16.

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Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT at 331

– Tired of not knowing how La Vita Nuova is going to sound? Don’t want to wait until June 19 for the CD Release Show? Well, we kind of budged a little on our tight lip policy and released a copy of “It’s You” to our friends at howwastheshow.com

Take a listen: http://howwastheshow.blogspot.com/2009/05/exclusive-preview-of-its-you-from-ryan.html

– Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT will be performing on KARE 11’s Showcase Minnesota on June 19 at 10AM. With special guest Janey Winterbauer.

– See you June 19 @ 331 Club in NE Minneapolis for the CD RELEASE with Brian Just, Eliza Blue, and special guest Janey Winterbauer to perform with THE ARDENT.

RP&TA

Official Site: http://www.ryanpaulandtheardent.com

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CD Release Show will be Friday, June 19th at The 331 Club in Minneapolis with Eliza Blue, Brian Just, and Special Guests

The date is set and we are ready to roll. I am so pleased about our friends who will be joining us on stage at the 331 Club. Eliza Blue has played with us before and we love her music dearly. Brian Just is a musician I have followed for a good year now.  I have been so impressed with his songwriting and band.

I also want to take the time to recognize some of the musicians who came into the studio to help us out on a few tracks:

Janey Winterbauer has been one of my favorite vocalists in Minneapolis since the first time I heard her sing (which was November of 2007). I remember sitting at the Varsity Theater watching Janey and Marc perform and feeling my heart melt into my shoes. When I asked Janey to sing on La Vita Nuova, I was not sure what to expect. What we got was greatness. La Vita Nuova engineer, DP and I were grinning ear to ear. THE ARDENT and I are so grateful for her.

Jimmy Peterson and I go back a little bit further (whether he knows it or not). In 2001 I heard Home Late by Bellwether. I very quickly became a big fan. To this day I listen to Bellwether more than I care to admit. While Wilco, Ryan Adams, and The Jayhawks influenced me very much, Bellwether is the reason I play Americana music. I can also safely say that Bellwether is/was my favorite music group of my lifetime.
So… Jimmy Peterson (of Bellwether, Missing Numbers, The 757s) came in to grace our record with some guitar work that only he is capable of playing. We are forever indebted to Jimmy for the flavor he put on the tunes he played on.

I would also like to recognize Kevin Bowe for doing the mastering of La Vita Nuova. I couldn’t believe my ears when he said “yes”. The guy is a genious and a legend.

And who could forget THE ARDENT. I could gush for hours. They are my good friends. They are family. They are some of the most talented musicians I have ever played with.

So we’ll see you on June 19th. I am not sure on all the details yet, but it will be wild!

.rp

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Well, it is official. We have a CD Release show on our hands. It feels like we have been working on this record forever (probably because we have been). The studio process has been hectic, but we have been having a blast. We have some special guests who are near and dear to my heart (and ears) performing on it. I think it is still a little early to spit out the names, but you’ll know soon enough.

I want to take the opportunity to explain what took so long. James, John, and I started working on this record in the summer of 2008. We were in a tiny studio and were having various friends come in playing drums and other instruments. The result did not come out sounding the way we wanted it to. Around that time, Steve Goold and Jaim Zuber joined THE ARDENT and they took on a completely different form. We were faced with the decision to release or throw out previous work we had done. Obviously we opted to start from scratch. I am so glad that we did!

Until I am allowed to give more information, here is the info on the release of La Vita Nuova
Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT release La Vita Nuova
Friday June 19, 2009 at The 331 Club in Minneapolis, MN
w/Brian Just, Eliza Blue, and Special Guests Who Performed on La Vita Nuova (and some who didn’t)!
Cost: Don’t worry. It’s on us!

OFFICIAL Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT website: http://www.ryanpaulandtheardent.com

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