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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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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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Ryan Pau & THE ARDENT @ 331 Club MPLS

Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT by elli rader

On Thursday March 12, I was able to do a few things that I have wanted to do since my return to Minneapolis. The first was to play the Mad Ripple Hootenanny. I received a text message from local photographer, Sara Montour that said, “You are playing The Hoot”.  I immediately packed up my things for a gig later that evening and ran over.

I very nervously walked in and stood by the door as the show had already been underway for a good 15 minutes. A few sweaty moments later, Eliza Blue called me up to play (noting that we had never met, but are facebook friends). I took my place next to the legendary Brianna Lane (also a facebook friend – jeez) and tried to make my way through my first tune without passing out. I played “La Vita Nuova” and new song “Seen It All”. I was a little struck by the fact that Jim Walsh (aka The Mad Ripple) was not there. I had hoped that he would finally hear me play, but we’ll get back to Walsh later…

I had to rush out of the Hoot to head over to NE Minneapolis to play the 331 Club. THE ARDENT and I had been very anxious to play this venue for quite some time. The 331 is much like playing for friends in a living room. It is warm, inviting, and unassuming. We really felt the freedom to do whatever we wanted on stage because it did not feel like we were playing AT the people in attendance, but rather playing WITH and FOR a group of old chums.  I absolutely LOVED the line up that we put together: Matty O’Reilly and Eliza Blue.

Matty O’Reilly got up and smoked with some of his killer tunes (my favorite is a love song referancing 80’s hair bands). THE ARDENT and I took our time getting on stage and started… “whenever”. The comfort of the room and vibe allowed us to shake off the confines of  a rock show and just play. I think we were mid way into our second song when I glanced to the back of the room to see Mr. Walsh walk through the door…. Told you I would bring him back into this story.

We pulled out a new cover at the 331. It only seemed fitting to attempt our Americana version of “The KKK Took My Baby Away” by The Ramones. I was pleased to see that Eliza Blue followed suit with an interpretation of “Don’t Fear The Reaper”.

We enjoyed our time so much that we are hoping to have our CD Release show at The 331 Club in June. I went to bed that evening overwhelmed by the amount of talent and the warmth of the  Minneapolis music community.

Back into the studio. But we have some stuff on the calendar. Check it out.

I will also be playing with Luke Redfield (and The Floorbirds) at The Nomad World Pub on Friday March 27th . Come on down!

Ryan Paul

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

Steve Goold with Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT at 331 Club, Minneapolis

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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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