Posts Tagged ‘Kid Dakota’

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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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…


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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 with Kid Dakota

Photo by Alexandra Khttp://www.alexandra-k.com/

In a previous post, I mentioned that the upcoming date at The Turf Club would require it’s own blog entry. The reason behind that is because I finally get the chance to share an evening with a musician who I hold in high esteem.

In 2001, I was passed a copy of Kid Dakota‘s “So Pretty”. I listened to it on repeat for quite some time. In 2004, before leaving Minneapolis, I picked up “The West Is The Future”. I was immediately sucked back into that binge cycle that pissed off friends and roommates (“Are you listening to that again?!?”). Even from afar, I tracked Darren Jackson’s projects and was routinely kicked in the head by them. I have been spinning “A Winner’s Shadow” regularly for the last year.

So here is what happened with December 3rd at The Turf Club… We were given the evening as a headliner. For whatever reason, I felt like I needed to stop looking for openers, went with my gut, and emailed Darren asking him to have Kid Dakota take the evening. I received his affirmative response as I was standing outside of an electric supply store, in the rain, after having bought fuses for a blown amplifier. I was thrilled.

I was also able to pull my good friends Breaksea Caravel to open the evening up. I never really know what to expect with them. Nikolas already emailed me asking if a bicycle powered generator would be ok to bring. This night is going to be pretty wacky.

Also to be noted is the image we are using for this particular show. The photo was taken by a friend in Brooklyn named Alexandra K. She has done work for Beirut, Magnetic Fields, and many others. Check out her website. She’s really talented.

The big news of the end of 2009 is that we signed on with a new management agency. Invisible Button Entertainment will be working with us in 2010 to see what we can get ourselves into in the coming year. I’m walking into this extremely confident and hopeful. I have a feeling that there will be some cool advances. This will also give me a chance to spend more time on writing and rehearsing. Feel free to check out their other bands. I think you’ll recognize a few…

OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.ryanpaulandtheardent.com

If you happen to be unfamiliar with Kid Dakota, check out the video below. If you haven’t checked the first instalment of “Video Confessions by Ryan Paul”, check it here.

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