Ryan Kinder describes the sound of his upcoming debut album Room To Dream as “riff-roaring rock with a sweet side of southern soul,” and fans will get it on July 31.
He has released two new singles from Room To Dream, “Hell Is,” a radio-ready heartbreaker inspired by an argument overheard in a YMCA locker room, and “Blame,” a guitar-laden rocker driven along with stomps, claps, and thick background vocals.
“I had a lot of time to figure out what I wanted to do after a certain time in my life, and all these songs came together with different aspects of who I was when I wrote them,” says Kinder. “It was a beautiful realization that some of the bad things and not-so-fun situations led to the opportunity for me to have the room to dream, and to really be myself.”
Kinder began his journey towards a music career while enrolled in college in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and commuted to and from Nashville to write songs with his mentor, producer Keith Stegall. A couple of short-lived record deals came and went before Kinder secured the opening slot on a huge tour with some of his heroes, ZZ Top and John Fogerty. During that tour, Fogerty gave Kinder a piece of advice that’s carried him steadily through to today: “Don’t play to the empty seats.” “It took me a couple of days to figure out what he was talking about,” Kinder admits, “and it was as simple as playing to the people who are there, who care enough to come early and hear the guy that nobody knows about. I think about that every time I go on stage.”
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