Ryan Lester is this weeks featured artist. Ryan is one of the best lyricists That I have encountered. His music tells stories, While digging deep into the psyche of his listeners. His music is truly, influenced by the roots of music. You can tell from his lyrics that he has done a lot of traveling, and seen a lot of things.
I don’t usually post the links to Artist channels, but after hearing this song I felt it was worth sharing it in its entirety. Give this song a listen, and enjoy Ryan’s interview!
1. What’s your name(s)? How old Are you? Married? Kids?
Where are you from? Where did you grow up? My Name is Ryan Lester, I’m 25, No kids or marriages yet, and I was an army brat so I grew up in a lot of places (Germany, Georgia, Kentucky, El Paso, Texas, Belgium, West Virginia, Killeen, Texas, Pennsylvania, and now Houston, Texas).
2. When/how were you introduced to music?
Music was omnipresent in my life growing up. Most of my extended family were bluegrass musicians but also played gospel, folk, blues, country, and, well, roots music. So I don’t remember being introduced to music. It was always there, like a second language.
3. What were you doing before pursuing your music as a career?
I’ve being pursuing music as a career with varying degrees of success since I was 15 but along the way I’ve worked different jobs here and there, mostly mechanical work. I guess you could say I’m a blue-collard guy.
4. What made you decide to pursue your music career?
Music is just all I’ve ever known or loved. I’ve been writing songs since I was 10 and so it just seems natural to do.
On Your Music:
1. Who are some of your biggest influences, or your musical heroes?
Nowadays it’s people like Leonard Cohen, Jason Isbell, Cory Branan , Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, John Prine, Conor Oberst, Iris DeMent, and a girl I played a few shows with in Philly named Shannen Moser just put out a great record that has been on repeat.
2. Do you write your own music? Collaborate with others? Do you have a preference between the two?
I write all of my own music but I’ve collaborated on songs with other people over the years in various bands and projects. I think I prefer writing alone because I enjoy the isolation.
3. What kinds of things do you write about? What inspires you?
I write about life and every emotion felt Therein. I write about myself but I also write about characters I’ve created. I seem to enjoy narratives where the character is in a very particular crisis and can’t seem to escape it. I’m inspired by everything around me. I love collecting conversations.
4. How would you describe your style of music?
I think I’d say it’s very lyrically dense Folk Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Alternative Country, Americana, and a little flare of indie and blues all mixed together with the full range of human emotions and a guitar.
5. Do you have people that play with you? Do you have a band?
I used to have more folks play live with me but I’ve solo for a little while now. I’d like to get another band together in the near future though!
6. Do you produce your own music, or do you have a studio that works with you?
I’ve produced all of my own music since I was 12 and I would mess around on my rascal 4-track. It’s basically the same thing now but with a lot better equipment and a little more skill.
7. How can people listen to or purchase your music, and how could they learn about shows coming up, and other news concerning your music?
Well, I just put out a single called “Worry Lines” and that’s up on all major music distributors (Apple Music, Spotify, Youtube, Amazon, etc…) , you can go to my bandcamp which is ryanlester.bandcamp.com for show information, and the only real news I have is that I’m playing shows and recording a full length LP that should be out in 2019! So be on the lookout for that.
8. Any closing remarks that you would like to share with your supporters/listeners?
Well first I’d like to thank anyone that listens, supports, buys the music, or comes to shows. YOU are what keeps the train rolling and I am incredibly grateful that you exist. I’d also like to thank my friends and family for sticking by me through thick and thin. And lastly, I’d like to thank my wonderful, beautiful, and loving girlfriend Elizabeth Cliburn for being so supportive. She has been an irreplaceable source of stability for me and I’m truly thankful for that.