Hailing from the not so country confines of Kalamazoo, MI, Ryan now calls Nashville home and after years of writing songs for other artists, took the plunge and recorded his first EP, Panorama last year. Among the many writing credits he holds, his co-written hit Lonely Tonight recorded by Blake Shelton stands out.
With his unique raspy voice, undeniable stage presence and low key, laid back attitude, Ryan has all the qualities that are sure to guarantee him a place at the table alongside the Nashville regulars. Being frequently linked with country music darling Maren Morris does nothing but help him as well.
In the ever present “how do we label this artist” arena that is county music, Ryan stands out, while still maintaining a unique ambiguity. Imagine the two towering oak trees in your back yard: one represents the old-school heartache laden twang country music of yester-year, and the other signifies the radio driven new era artists you either love or hate. Swaying gently in a hammock lashed between the two sipping a cold beer, Ryan effortlessly narrows the gap the two can’t quite seem to bridge lately.
Drunk People – Ryan Hurd
Drunk People is the song you’ll keep on repeat while tweeting the hashtag #summerpartysong after having what Ryan says are “two too many.” Poking fun at the professional bottle top twisters who take things a bit too far while casually grouping himself into the same crowd is what will draw people to Ryan quicker than a moth to a flame. We’ve either lived it, or watched from afar. From the Karaoke singing stars, to those falling out of rental canoes, we’ve all been there a time or two.
Keep an eye and ear out for Ryan Hurd and remember that we’re just “a couple of fish tryin’ to empty the sea.”