ABOUT RYAN HUTCHENS MUSIC:

Ryan Hutchens is a singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist based out of Columbia, South Carolina. He has been on the road since 2013, performing more than 800 solo acoustic sets in clubs, breweries, bars, restaurants, and coffeehouses across the United States. Inspired by his family and South Carolina upbringing, Ryan feels at home writing and performing songs that can be loosely grouped into the Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, and Gospel genres.  His shows draw from his own discography as well as an extensive list of folk songs and select tracks from his favorite classic and contemporary songwriters. As David Stringer (writer and editor for Scene SC) puts it, Ryan “..falls somewhere between intelligible Bon Iver and early, less rock oriented Band Of Horses”

 

Hutchens stays on the move with his live show, travelling the country with a guitar, harmonicas, and a suitcase full of merchandise.  The necessity of travelling and performing solo has informed the development of Ryan’s singer songwriter style.  The song “Hold On, Hurricane” from his album “Collection” ( https://ryanhutchens.bandcamp.com/releases ) is an example of the stripped down style he has come to favor. Jordan Lawrence, writer for Free Times in Columbia SC called the arrangements “delicate but sweeping, making for a remarkably cohesive collection littered with stunners that rival many of indie folk’s biggest names.”

 

Like his solo performances, the behind the scenes work is a one man show and Ryan spends most hours of the day writing new songs, booking shows, and promoting his music.  New writing is often accomplished during these journeys when some downtime can be found in the back of the van or backstage before a show.  

 

Growing up in South Carolina, Hutchens had been exposed from an early age to southern appalachian traditional music in the bluegrass, folk, and gospel genres.  Like most children, Ryan listened to what the people around him were playing.  Through the years this included artists and styles ranging from Classical Orchestral recordings to Nat King Cole to Nirvana.  Family members played guitar and banjo and Ryan picked up guitar in his early teens but didn’t consider it a serious calling for another decade.  In 2010, following an interest in electronically created music, Ryan began experimenting with combining sparse guitar and vocal tracks with keyboards and synthesizers.  In 2011, he became a founding artist of the newly formed Post Echo Media Label and started crafting a plethora of songs under his Grandfather’s surname turned band name, “Cancellieri”.  As years passed and his musical experiences and interests grew, Ryan found that the honest root of what he wanted to do with music was best found in live performances and better executed with more traditional instrumentation.  

 

From 2011 to 2015, Hutchens released six albums under the Cancellieri name.  Early Spring released in 2011; Bad Hands released in 2012; III released in 2013; Welcome To Mount Pleasant released in 2014; Closet Songs: A Collection Of Demos And Covers released in 2014; 46 And Raleigh released in 2015.  Generally speaking, each album saw Hutchens progressing further away from his electronic and experimental musical beginnings, and closer to what he was doing at his live performances.  The last two of these albums (Closet Songs and 46 And Raleigh) include original music but are predominantly based around Ryan’s live performance covers of American traditional, gospel, bluegrass, and folk songs.  In January of 2016, Ryan dropped the “Cancellieri” moniker in favor of his real name.  The name change facilitated his career shift from bedroom electronic song sculptor to touring singer songwriter and live performer.  As part of this transition, a sort of best of album was released in September 2016 under the name Ryan Hutchens.  This album is fittingly called Collection and features previously recorded and newly remastered tracks from the 2013 album III and the 2014 album Welcome To Mount Pleasant.  Ryan is following up that release with his second original album, The Last Ten Years.  The Last Ten Years will be released in October 2017.

 

Ryan started touring full time as a solo acoustic act in 2013.  In that time he has played more than 800 shows in 40 states to date as well countless street corner performances across the US, Canada, and Europe.  These shows include a mix of songs from Ryan’s extensive discography; covers of crowd favorite folk, bluegrass, and gospel songs; and select tracks from classic and contemporary singer-songwriters.  He looks forward to continuing to bring his live performances to people around the country and to releasing his next album in October of 2017.


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Ryan Hutchens (with full band) performs his song Rafters live at Art Bar in Columbia South Carolina

Ryan Hutchens performs his original song The Last Ten Years live at Eddie Owens Presents at The Music Foundry in Duluth Georgia

Ryan Hutchens performs his song A House And A Porch live at The Blue Plate Special radio show on WDVX 89.9 in Knoxville Tennessee

Ryan Hutchens performs his song Higher at 114 Coffee Bar in Neosho Missouri on 4/14/2017

Ryan Hutchens performs his song Lake Jocassee at Moe's Original BBQ in Englewood Colorado on 10/21/2016.


PRESS QUOTES AND LINKS:

A voice that’s as silky as bathing in a bath of melted chocolate and as haunting and full of feeling as a million emotion-filled movie scenes
— Kevin Oliver, Sound Of Confusion
Hutchens strums songs for strolling along southern trails, to chorus hymns in the key of confidence. Listen as the acoustics strum the distances between Columbia and Denver where Hutchens voice trails like an express engine trekking away from the hometown of the south to the pointed rocky mountain high peaks.
— Sjimon Gompers, Impose Magazine
Creating genre-spanning, atmospheric indie folk rock with careful instrumentation
— Shana Hartzel, Wild Honey Pie
“… the arrangements are delicate but sweeping, making for a remarkably cohesive collection littered with stunners that rival many of indie folk’s biggest names.”
— Jordan Lawrence, Free Times
“An album that falls somewhere between intelligible Bon Iver and early less rock oriented Band of Horses.”
— David Stringer, Scene SC
“[on “Hold On Hurricane”] The production balances a delicate vocal performance with a crisp, fingerpicked acoustic guitar line for a moving tune that’s one of the best singles of the year so far.”
— Stephen Carradini, Independent Clauses
“Ryan Hutchens traded electronic soundscapes for Americana on III and proved himself a surprisingly strong songwriter.”
— Patrick Wall, Free Times
“If there is a better fusion of an acoustic guitar with shoegaze guitar, we haven’t heard it”
— Indie Obsessive
“The magic of this EP comes in the casual excellence of the vocals and the easiness of how every little sound throughout the album fits together.”
— David Stringer, Scene SC
“… like Elliott Smith covering Neil Young, imparting feeling and nuanced lyricism to make technical prowess almost superfluous as the music floats past.”
— Kevin Oliver, Music That Matters
“Cancellieri’s most recent release, the astonishingly pretty, tranquil-as-a-painting five-song EP Bad Hands, patiently awaits your restless ears.”

— Tyler Farva Hannon, Nothing Sounds Better
Cancellieri… sings with a soft, unassuming sound and writes tenderly beautiful lyrics.
— Sam Spence, Charleston City Paper
Truth is, his material isn’t far off from his contemporary music favorites.
— David Stringer, Scene SC
He chooses covers excellently, he performs covers memorably, and writes songs of his own that stand up to the company of their peers.
— Stephen Carradini, Independent Clauses
The swelling sound carries his thoughts like whispers on the wind, an appropriate aura for songs that deal deftly with overwhelming realities — mortality, loneliness — that overtake us all.
— Jordan Lawrence, The Free Times
Ryan Hutchens’ delicate voice is beautifully juxtaposed against a single acoustic guitar, putting his songwriting, song re-envisionments, and impeccable taste in covers on display.
— Stephen Carradini, Independent Clauses
It was more of a step sideways for Hutchens, and the album came out beautifully. Delicate and haunting like a William Fitzsimmons record, but edging more towards Band of Horses lyrically and in pace.
— David Stringer, Scene SC
Indie and Americana merge beautifully on the latest from the prolific singer-songwriter. His new single “Education” is a gorgeous little amalgam of the candor and haunting tones of Father John Misty and the more country-derived sounds of Americana.
— Adrien Begrand, Pop Matters

::DISCOGRAPHY::

Between 2011 and 2016, Ryan Hutchens recorded and performed as "Cancellieri"

THE LAST TEN YEARS

Released October 13th, 2017.  Written by Ryan Hutchens.  Performed by Ryan Hutchens, Kenny McWilliams, Idris Chandler, and Travis Wright.  Recorded by Kenny McWilliams at Archer Avenue Studio in Columbia South Carolina.  Mastered by Dave Harris at Studio B Mastering in Charlotte North Carolina.  

Collection

Released September 9th, 2016.  Written by Ryan Hutchens.  Performed by Ryan Hutchens, Alex McCollum, Cameron Powell, Michael Crawford, and Brandon Edwards.  Recorded by Alex McCollum at his home in Columbia South Carolina.  Mastered by Dave Harris at Studio B Mastering in Charlotte North Carolina.

live performance Covers list:

FOLK / GOSPEL:

Cabin In The Pines

Down By The River To Pray

I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow

If We Never Meet Again

I'll Fly Away

Lay Me A Pallet On Your Floor

Long Black Veil

Sitting On Top Of The World

 

AVETT BROTHERS:

Backwards With Time

Ballad Of Love And Hate

Bella Donna

Flowers of Manhattan

I And Love and You

I Killed Sally’s Lover

If Its The Beaches

In The Curve

January Wedding

The Lowering

Murder In The City

November Blue

Paranoia in Bflat Major

Salina

Shame

Smoke In Our Lights

Swept Away

 

BAND OF HORSES:

Marry Song

 

BILL WITHERS:

Ain't No Sunshine


BOB DYLAN:

Blowing In The Wind

Don’t Think Twice

Farewell


BON IVER:

Skinny Love


BRETT DENNON:

Ain't No Reason

 

BRIGHT EYES:

Bowl Of Oranges

First Day Of My Life

 

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL:

Bad Moon Rising


COLDPLAY:

Green Eyes

The Scientist

 

DAMIEN RICE:

Rat Within The Grain


DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE:

I Will Follow You Into The Dark

 

GILLARD AND CLARK:

Through The Morning, Through The Night

 

GRATEFUL DEAD:

Friend Of The Devil

He's Gone

 

GREEN DAY:

Good Riddance

 

THE HEAD AND THE HEART:

Lost In My Mind


IRON AND WINE:

Lion's Mane

The Trapeze Swinger


JACK JOHNSON:

Dreams Be Dreams

Situations


JOHN PRINE:

Paradise

 

JOHN DENVER:

Country Roads

 

JUMP LITTLE CHILDREN:

Cathedrals

 

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE:

Mama's Eyes


KINGS OF LEON:

The Bucket

 

LANGHORNE SLIM:

Be Set Free

I Love You But Goodbye

 

THE LUMINEERS:

Ho Hey


LYLE LOVETT:

If I Had A Boat

More Pretty Girls Than One

 

MODEST MOUSE:

Gravity Rides Everything

Trailer Trash

 

MGMT:

Kids

Electric Feel

 

MUMFORD AND SONS:

I Will Wait

 

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW:

Big Boat Up The River

C.C. Rider

Take Away These Chains From Me

Wagon Wheel

 

TOWNES VAN ZANDT:

Colorado Girl

Tecumseh Valley


THE WHITE STRIPES:

We Are Going To Be Friends