Give thanks! Don Ryan lets it all hang loose with “Vulture,” proof that alt-country and punk serve up perfect together

Don Ryan

As though there weren’t already about ten thousand reasons to love the hell out of Don Ryan’s flamethrower-punk version of alternative country, “Vultures” will prove he remains at the top of his game. This three-minute barrage of fast-strummed acoustic guitar and a full-on bullet-train of percussion and frantic vocals, the song features Ryan’s signature sound laid bare in all its glory. If the country establishment hadn’t ruined Hank Williams III forever by forcing his Grandaddy’s sound on him in the 90s, he might naturally have come along with something akin to this firecracker when Curb had their shot at him. Instead, Don Ryan’s fighting the good fight in relative obscurity. Shine a light, musical brothers! Music this good deserves a wider audience. Play it for Grandma at Thanksgiving dinner and see if she doesn’t agree!

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Check out footage from the filming of this video (available on Thanksgiving), plus get a copy of the new song via the band’s Bandcamp page. The single will be on Ryan’s forthcoming, as yet untitled, EP. For more information about Don Ryan, check out these older posts on “Hear! Hear!”


UNDER COVER: Don Ryan – “This Lullabye” (April 8, 2012)

ARTIST TO WATCH: Don Ryan (October 25, 2011)


SONG REVIEW: Nicole Atkins – “Vultures”

Nicole Adkins

There’s something so raw about the quality of Nicole Atkins’ latest single, “Vultures.” It’s a heady blend of psychedelics and raw Americana rock, with vocals Johnny Cash would have loved to strip down and tackle on American VII had he lived long enough to do another acoustic album.  Couple that with a beautifully stark noir-ish video directed by Mandy Bisesti and Lucia Holm and you’ve got the recipe for a truly creepy and memorable piece of modern alternative.

Considering this is only the opening salvo off her yet-to-be-released 2011 album Mondo Amore, the quality here bodes well for what we can expect from this emerging songwriter.

Below you can view the video for “Vultures” — feel free to sound off in the comments area. And as a bonus, check out Atkins’ 2008 appearance on Letterman, playing her song “The Way It Is.” Enjoy!