An alt-country singer/songwriter in the vein of Josh Rouse
and Ryan Adams
, Matthew Ryan funnels his rasped vocals and passionate lyrics into a steady stream of somber, melancholic albums.
Born in Chester, PA, the young Ryan took inspiration from such artists as U2
, the Replacements
, and Leonard Cohen
. He moved to Delaware and logged several years in a series of bands before signing with A&M Records as a solo artist in 1996. May Day was released a year later, drawing comparisons to Tom Waits
and sparking a prolific career that often saw Ryan releasing one album every 12 months. His A&M contract slowly dissolved after the label merged with Interscope Records, and Ryan hopped between labels (including a stint with the U.K.-based One Little Indian Records) before aligning himself with 00:02:59. Matthew Ryan vs. the Silver State, his 11th release in 11 years, arrived in 2008. ~ Andrew Leahey & MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi