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On September 9th, we’ll join our good friends Luke Redfield and Bethany Larson at our favorite little venue in Minneapolis. This is an exciting gig as it feels like ages since we have crammed on stage at the 331 Club.

Luke Redfield is a musician who I have been honored to play with for nearly 2 years now. His songs are catchy and his lyrics are thought provoking. He is also one of my dearest pals and I never grow tired of gigging with him. Luke is a bit nomadic and we don’t get him year-round and, last I heard, he is planning to head back to Austin, TX soon. You might want to catch him while you can. This means, on this particular night, I’ll be pulling a double!

Bethany Larson has shared a bill with us once before and the 5 of us were quite impressed. She has an incredible voice and a real gift for weaving a melody. In the very least, I’m looking forward to this as an excuse to hear her again!


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August is here and I have some exciting news to share about a show we have coming up in the middle of the month. We will be supporting Ryan Traster at his EP Release show on August 13.

A little over two years ago, we played a show at a venue (which will remain nameless) in Minneapolis that we considered to be the worst gig we have played. So much so that when we stumble on tough gigs, we say “At least it’s better than…”.
*I want to clarify that the venue itself was not at fault and the bands that joined us were lovely. It was simply an off night.

One of the groups performing that evening were called To Reinvent. Cool name, right? A few years had passed and I heard nothing of the band again (noting that I am not always in the loop on these things). In June of this year, I received an email from Ryan Traster, a member of To Reinvent, asking if I was still in New York. The reason being was that he is now living/performing there and wanted to double bill some shows.

After a short exchange, we decided on a date, not in New York, but at home in Minneapolis. I agreed to the date without having heard the EP that the evening was celebrating. However, I have since given it a listen and am blown away by the talent and maturity of the young songwriter.

So please check out his tunes here: http://ryantrastermusic.com/

And join us at Sauce on August 13 as we celebrate the release of his new EP.

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June 10, 2010 is the online release of our new EP, Cute Souvenirs Session. The EP was tracked and mixed in one ten-hour session in Minneapolis, MN.

“The EP exhibits an impressive development in craftsmanship, as well as a much darker character that has acquired comparisons of such opposing artists; The Cure, The Smiths and Arcade Fire” – Sophie Stratford, Indie Music Finds (London)

“While Ryan Paul & The Ardent’s debut album, 2009’s La Vita Nuova, was pure neo-Americana, don’t expect a repeat performance on the follow-up… the new material sounds suspiciously like power-pop” – Pat O’Brien, A.V Club (Minneapolis)

And so…

1.All Along
2. Chelsea
3. Slow.Steady
4. Another Time

You will find that the EP is available on Amazon, iTunes, and several other retailers. However, above will link you to our store where you can choose your track quality (even flac) and will have the complete artwork and liner notes. So, when purchasing, please come to us: http://ryanpaulandtheardentstudio.bandcamp.com

Don’t forget that our EP release show with Zoo Animal is coming up on July 1. Tickets are already selling quickly. See here for details on how to purchase them.

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I’m really excited to announce that our song, “Meet Me Where I Am“, will be part of Wing Huie’s “University Avenue Project”.

Presented by Public Art Saint Paul, Wing Young Huie’s University Avenue Project: The Language of Urbanism, a Six-Mile Photographic Inquiry, will transform a major urban thoroughfare in Saint Paul, Minnesota, into a six-mile public gallery of over 400 photographs. Wing’s images reveal the dizzying socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic realities of the citizens who work, live, and go to school along this corridor that is jammed with storefronts, taverns, big-box retailers, blue-collar neighborhoods and condominium communities.

Built and still sustained by immigrant populations of the late 19th century, the University Avenue corridor is now home to one of America’s highest concentrations of new immigrants. Blending documentary photography with revelatory statements by his subjects, Wing has created a tapestry of images and words that raise complex issues of race, class, gender, sexual preference, immigration, religion and cultural disconnection. The University Avenue Project is a chronicle the colliding and evolving American experience.

More than than 70 store windows and surfaces form the gallery and stretch from the Minneapolis border to the Minnesota State Capitol. Large mural scale images on building walls will be visible for blocks.A spectacular Project(ion) site created by Northern Lights.mn will nightly project Wing’s images onto billboard-size screens, accompanied by recorded soundtracks from local musicians.

This opportunity was a huge honor for me as a songwriter. I am not only an appreciator of Wing Huie’s work, but credit him as partially responsible for a song like “Meet Me Where I Am” existing in my songbook.

At twenty years old, I lived in Uptown Minneapolis. As a young adult who had been raised in the suburbs, lived in Uptown, and played gigs downtown and in Dinkytown, I had never ventured into the Chicago/Lake area of South Minneapolis. I had been warned for years about how dangerous it was and avoided it at all costs.

In July of 2000 I had to take the 21 Bus down Lake Street all the way to downtown St. Paul. I remember passing by the boarded up Sears building (now the Midtown Global Market) and seeing Huie’s photos up from his “Lake Street USA” exhibit. I peered out the smudged bus window with eyes wide open and curiosity piqued.

On the way back to Minneapolis I nervously pulled the stop cord on the 21 Bus and stepped out onto Lake Street and Chicago Avenue. I wandered up and down the street all afternoon looking at Wing’s stunning photography. When the sun was starting to creep below the buildings I noticed that I had been on those “dangerous” blocks for hours and had not yet been robbed or beat up. In fact, no one even looked at me funny (which is something that happens to me daily in the Uptown neighborhood).

Fast forward a few years and you’ll find me riding in a car driving around the urban neighborhoods of South Minneapolis and writing down some of the thoughts that would go into “Meet Me Where I Am”. I also spent nearly two years living at Oakland Ave. and Lake St., which is the very same neighborhood I had been so terrified to set foot in.

To me, Wing Huie’s work does not say that these neighborhoods are impoverished and in need of assistance. I don’t see gangs, crime, drugs. These images do not strike me with fear. No, I look at those photographs and see beauty that I may not have ever seen without his nudge to get outside myself and off of the bus. In the eyes of the people Huie has photographed, I see hard years which have apportioned them rich with cognition, substance, and plenty of joy.

Please join me and several others as we celebrate the opening of this extraordinary exhibit on May 1, 2010. Details can be found HERE.

Ryan Paul
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I would first like to drop a quick note and say that I loved the jennefit. It was a heck of a time. I was able to take care of a few things that I had been meaning to check off my list for some time now.

The first was to cover a Morrissey/Smiths song. Most who know me (even a little bit), know that I am a Morrissey fanatic. It’s pretty sick, but it could be worse. I have always had a healthy fear of covering Moz’s stuff. However, after some thought on it, I decided that now would be the time. I’m not getting any younger.

The second was to have my old friend Jeremy Ylvisaker on my stage. You see, I had spent a considerable amount of time in my late teens and early 20’s working as a tech for Jeremy and have remained in constant admiration of his guitar playing and catch him whenever possible. When they were throwing together the sets for the jennefit, it was suggested that Jeremy come play with us. I was honored that he said yes.

So, to kill a few birds in one set, here is Jeremy Ylvisaker sitting in with us covering “Death of a Disco Dancer” by The Smiths:

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Invisible Button St Patrick's Day at Kitty Cat Klub Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us at the Kitty Cat Klub. It is going to be a bit of an eclectic evening hosted by Invisible Button Entertainment. Joining us will be Painted Saints and Nice Purse.

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