"Bad Hands" is the second EP by Ryan Hutchens created under the "Cancellieri" name.  It was released on May 22, 2012 through the Post Echo record label in Columbia South Carolina.  The "Bad Hands" EP was recorded over several days in the spring of 2012 at the homes of Alex Davis in Columbia SC and Noah Brock in West Columbia SC.

With the "Bad Hands" EP, Ryan sought to move further away from the electronic soundscape roots of the Cancellieri project in favor of more traditional american songwriting and instrumentation.  The EP is built around piano arrangements.  At the time he was writing the songs for "Bad Hands", Ryan was performing regularly as a solo acoustic singer songwriter at small venues around Columbia and on street corners around the US.  

Alex Davis, of Columbia SC, acted as producer and recording engineer on the EP.  Noah Brock recorded the song "Oregon" on to tape at his home in West Columbia SC.  "Oregon" was recorded in one take with a full band consisting of Walter Gerald performing keys, Eric Jones performing drums, and Ryan Hutchens performing keys and vocals.

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1. Oregon

2. Fences

3. Our Lives

4. 1988

5. Santa Ana


CREDITS: Written and arranged by Ryan Hutchens.  Keyboard performed by Walter Gerald.  Drums performed by Eric Jones.

LYRICS: We'll go through Mississippi on our way home.  The air is thick it's all I've ever known.  We'll figure out our way when we're on the road, and drive all night to not be alone. We went through Oregon and Idaho.  The air was clean the mountains unknown.  There's people headed west with their hope full.  They left their homes to find their own gold.


CREDITS: Written and arranged by Ryan Hutchens. Drums performed by Eric Jones.

LYRICS: I climbed under fences and through yards with no trees to a house built on promise but covered in leaves. The winter's gone past us as we lie in the sheets, taking warmth from each other but ignoring the breeze.  

Our lives

CREDITS: Written and performed by Ryan Hutchens.

LYRICS: Tattoos and piercings aren't revolutions your're reacting to young people too stoned don't even care.  Put a bird on your back and hope to share your ideas with all the friends I never had don't feel like I'm wanted here. Find a crowd and stand around won't be a part of it.  Feel the fear of passing years, do what your parents did.


CREDITS: Written and performed by Ryan Hutchens.

santa ana

CREDITS: Written and performed by Ryan Hutchens.

LYRICS: My mother has said, don't be hazy go clear your head.  My father has heard, my lasting and final thoughts on the world.  It's all I can do to keep on caring while I'm waiting on you to try the best things in life. 


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