Genres:Folk, Country - Contemporary/Pop, Country - Bluegrass, Country - Alternative, Specialty - Promo Music, Rock - Roots Rock
The music of Ryebender is shaped by the musical journey of its members, with influences ranging from roots rock, pop and country, to folk, bluegrass and Irish music. The result is an unusual openness to diversity and personal songwriting – with a refreshing ability to create genre bending arrangements that defy convention. It is familiar Americana and Alt-country, but yet somehow different.
Hollow and Drifting – Newcomer of the Year 2008 (#7) and Honorable Mention for Best Alt-Country Albums of 2008
Radio Free Americana
4 ½ out of 5 stars – Maverick Country Magazine
3 out of 4 stars – Muzikreviews.com
“The four-piece sounds a lot like Son Volt and Blue Mountain-esque alternative-country albeit with a bit more polish. What separates Ryebender sonically are rich harmonies present on every track. The musicianship is impressive and the band is tight, but the songwriting is what really makes this record.” - Bootleg Magazine
"This is heartland’s Americana that wears its influences on its sleeve without shame and pays what is often fitting tribute to them." 7 out of 10 stars - Americana-UK
The twelve tracks on Ryebender’s debut disc "Hollow and Drifting" range from the hook filled power pop of “I Was Wrong”, the alt countryish “One Horse Town” on to “Drunk All The Time”, one of the best protest songs of 2008 (Todd Snider's "Peace Queer" EP offers several political tracks of stiff competition). The vocals and lyrics on “Drunk All The Time” owe more to Phil Ochs than No Depression and the painfully descriptive story of "Drunk" tells a sad contemporary tale of war, love and loss: “He was barely eighteen and called off to war to serve his country with pride.Fight for a cause that later we’d learn was based on a President’s lies”. Hal Bogerd - HickoryWind
"There's something about those guitars and harmonies, somewhere between The Byrds and Son Volt's first records, they just makes you wanna adjust your rear-view mirror so you can watch what you're leaving fade all the way away. Good music offers cinema. This is good music guys." A&M Records/Megaforce Recording Artist - Matthew Ryan
"I always hear some part of the American Midwest or heartland inside the rock and roll bands of Alaska. Ryebender takes me back home to those raw sounds and influences I grew up with."
Singer/Songwriter - Tim Easton
Ryebender’s debut album “Hollow and Drifting” released in November of 2008 under the label, Last Train Records.