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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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I would like to first note that the Bunkers show two weeks ago was a blast! It was a strange feeling to come up from the basement to see all the faces there. I think we brought the rock. I hope we brought the rock. We brought somethin’.
Being the first time going electric, I was a bit apprehensive about the show itself. We actually never took time to go through any of those songs beforehand. We went blind. In retrospect, with the number of people at that particular show, it was a bit of a risky play, but it worked out.
There were other factors involved in the chips stacked against us that evening. Steve Goold flew in that evening from playing in Texas and could have been tired, but he was ripe and ready to go. Personal lives of band members seemed to be a bit chaotic and I think we all went on stage with fairly heavy hearts. I know I did.  But seconds into it… release.
That night marked another turning point for RP&TA. We have had quite a few in a short amount of time as we are trying to find our “voice” in the Minneapolis music scene. Hell, we are on our second go-round with the album (I will talk more about this later). Standing up on that stage with that guitar strapped around my neck made us realize that we were destined to be a little… well… louder. So from here on out, that is what you are going to be getting from us.

Steve Goold did the unthinkable. Well, it was not unthinkable per se, but I never saw it actually going down. We went into the studio to lay down drums for 12 songs and had hopes it would get done in one day. The plan was to start at 9am. Traffic held Steve up a hour. We loaded in and our engineer had to leave for a family emergency. We did not actually start tracking our first song until 11:30am.
Steve and engineer Dave Perez were masterful and efficient. I think Mr. Goold pulled out 5 tracks in one take. None were done in more than 4. The best part is that, despite everything that came up, we ended the session EARLY. I cannot wait for this record to get done. It is looking like the plan for Spring 2009 is going to be an achievable goal.

In light of the studio recording, we will be taking all February and much of March from playing live. However, on March 12th, we put together a night with some of my favorite musicians at the 331 Club in NE Minneapolis. The other performers will be Eliza Blue and Matty O’Reillly w/John Schjolberg. Plan for it. More details as it creeps closer.

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

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