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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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Just wanted to give you a quick reminder about the volumes of live music we offer for free. You can download in flac, mp3, and just about any other file type you can think of. Once on the archive site, you can scroll along the right hand side and find shows that date all the way back to 2008. These are not full shows – these are some of our favorite moments.

Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT – Live Music Archive
12.3.09 at Turf Club with Kid Dakota
11.24.09 at 7th St Entry with Sam Roberts (with a very cool Beck cover)
Metro Magazine 100 Party
… and plenty more

ALSO – Ryan has been posting his “Winter Tapes 2010
These are songs recorded by Ryan in his apartment during the long cold winter in Minneapolis

Once you have got used to some of these live recordings, check the calendar. RP&TA has gone through some changes. So next show may be totally different…

@RPandTA

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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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