::ABOUT RYAN HUTCHENS::

Ryan Hutchens is a South Carolina born singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist currently based out of Denver, Colorado. He has been on the road since 2013, performing more than 900 solo acoustic sets 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 live performances 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/album/collection ) is a good 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.”  

 

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.  As a teen, his car CD player was home to musicians of all types 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 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 “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 followed up that release with his second original album, The Last Ten Years.  The Last Ten Years was independently released on October 13, 2017.

 

Ryan started touring full time as a solo acoustic act in 2013.  In that time he has played more than 900 shows in 40 states to date as well countless street corner performances across the US, Canada, and Europe.  These performances 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 in support of his second full length album, The Last Ten Years


::PRESS QUOTES::

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
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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
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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
READ THE FULL "FREE TIMES" ARTICLE BY JORDAN LAWRENCE

An album that falls somewhere between intelligible Bon Iver and early less rock oriented Band of Horses.
— David Stringer, Scene SC
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[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
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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
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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
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…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
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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
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Truth is, his material isn’t far off from his contemporary music favorites.
— David Stringer, Scene SC
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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
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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
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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
READ THE FULL "INDEPENDENT CLAUSES" ARTICLE BY STEPHEN CARRADINI

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
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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
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::past shows::


::DISCOGRAPHY::


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

THE LAST TEN YEARS, 2017

The Last Ten Years is the second album by Ryan Hutchens. It was officially released on October 13, 2017. The Last Ten Years was recorded over the course of six days in May and June 2017 at Archer Avenue Studio in Columbia South Carolina. It was mastered on June 26 2017 at Studio B Mastering in Charlotte North Carolina. 

The Last Ten Years consists of eleven original songs Ryan developed over the course of several years beginning in 2014. Several of the tracks (Education, Fortunate Peace, and Fake Flowers And The Weather) had been previously released on earlier albums under the name Cancellieri. These songs were re-recorded for The Last Ten Years with changes in composition, lyrics, and instrumentation. The Last Ten Years consists mostly of traditional Americana instrumentation including acoustic six string guitar, five string banjo, cello, pedal steel guitar, electric bass guitar, and light percussion. Ryan Hutchens composed all of the songs and performed most of the instrumentation on the album. Kenny McWilliams of Archer Avenue Studio produced and recorded the album. He also performed synthesized piano, percussion, electric guitar, and electric bass guitar on several of the tracks. Idris Chandler performed all of the cello tracks. Travis Wright performed all of the pedal steel tracks. 

Written by Ryan Hutchens
Produced by Stancy Stribling and Kelly Corl
Recorded and Produced by Kenny McWilliams at Archer Avenue Studio in Columbia South Carolina
Mastered by Dave Harris at Studio B Mastering in Charlotte North Carolina 

All Cello tracks performed by Idris Chandler
All Pedal Steel tracks performed by Travis Wright 

Album artwork by Ryan Hutchens
Album artwork formatting by Gina Hayes at Frenzy Tees in Columbia South Carolina

 

COLLECTION, 2016

Collection consists of fourteen songs which were written and recorded over the course of four years, between 2010 and 2014. These songs were originally released by Ryan under his band name "Cancellieri" on the albums "III" (2013) and "Welcome To Mount Pleasant" (2014). They were remastered and repackaged into "Collection". 

Written by Ryan Hutchens. 

Recorded and produced by Alex McCollum at his home in Columbia South Carolina. 

Mastered by Dave Harris at Studio B Mastering in Charlotte North Carolina. 

Album artwork by Ryan Hutchens


::LIVE PERFORMANCE COVERS LIST::

 

FOLK, BLUEGRASS, GOSPEL & OTHER OLD SONGS
Cabin In Caroline
CC Rider
Cripple Creek
Down By The River To Pray
I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow
If We Never Meet Again
I'll Fly Away
Keep On The Sunny Side
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 It’s The Beaches
In The Curve
January Wedding
The Lowering
Murder In The City
November Blue
Paranoia
Salina
Shame
Smoke In Our Lights
Swept Away
Ten Thousand Words

BAND OF HORSES
Marry Song

BILL WITHERS
Ain't No Sunshine

BILLY CURRINGTON
Let Me Down Easy

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

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Nebraska

CAT STEVENS
Father & Son

THE CIVIL WARS
From This Valley

COLDPLAY
Green Eyes
The Scientist

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
Bad Moon Rising
Have You Ever Seen The Rain

DAMIEN RICE
Rat Within The Grain

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
I Will Follow You Into The Dark

GEORGE STRAIT
Amarillo By Morning

GILLARD AND CLARK
Through The Morning, Through The Night

GRATEFUL DEAD
Friend Of The Devil
He's Gone

GRIZZLY BEAR
Knife

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
No Other Way

JAMES TAYLOR
Fire & Rain

JEFF BUCKLEY
Hallelujah

JOHN PRINE
Paradise

JOHN DENVER
Country Roads

JUMP LITTLE CHILDREN
Cathedrals

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE
Can’t Hardly Wait
Mama's Eyes

KINGS OF LEON
The Bucket

LANGHORNE SLIM
Be Set Free
I Love You But Goodbye

THE LUMINEERS
Ho Hey
Ophelia

LYLE LOVETT
If I Had A Boat
More Pretty Girls Than One

MGMT
Electric Feel
Kids

MIRANDA LAMBERT
Tin Man

MODEST MOUSE
Gravity Rides Everything
Trailer Trash

MOUNTAIN MAN
Animal Tracks

MUMFORD AND SONS
I Will Wait

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW
Big Boat Up The River
Take Away These Chains From Me
Wagon Wheel

TOWNES VAN ZANDT
Colorado Girl
Tecumseh Valley

THE WHITE STRIPES
We Are Going To Be Friends