For those not yet familiar with Ryan Beaver, we want to change that for you. The Texan musician/singer-songwriter has released two albums independently and built quite the loyal following in and around his home state. In our exclusive interview, we discuss his inspirations, his recent move to Nashville, George Strait and more.
KIC: For those readers who may be ‘meeting’ you for the first time in this blog, can you give us a little bit of a back story as to how you began performing?
RB: I’ve always had a love affair for music, songs, instruments, & musicians. It began very young as my Mother played piano and my Father played his records. It was always a special thing for me that developed over time. Eventually I couldn’t stop thinking about it day in and out and began to write songs. It’s like an infectious disease. Once you catch it, there is no cure.
KIC: You’ve released two albums independently, with the most recent coming out in 2011. What’s next for you?
RB: A third album is in the works. I should be recording it this fall and will be looking forward to its release. I’ll give it everything I have and it still won’t feel done. That’s just how I am. I can’t wait to share my new songs and stories with the fans of what I do. I also can’t believe how lucky I am to be calling this a job.
KIC: You can play drums, piano, guitar – which is your favorite?
RB: I love the drums. I’m not great at piano but I dabble. The guitar is the big mystery in my life in which I’m still searching for the key. It’s a great challenge and I love everything about it. My favorite is probably the guitar.
KIC: What is the writing process like for your music? Where do you get your inspiration from?
RB: Inspiration comes from everything. Life, stories, trials and tribulations. This world wouldn’t make much sense to me without music to keep me sane. I find that the simplest thing can make me pick up the guitar and search for the right lyric and melody. It’s the greatest satisfaction when you have wrestled and tamed the inner muse.
KIC: You play a ton of shows in and around Texas where you’re from. Have you ever considered going the more traditional route and moving full-time to Nashville?
RB: I’m actually a new Nashville resident. Texas is my heart and what I know, but I’m trying to push out of my comfort zone and embrace the larger world around me.
KIC: You’ve played shows with the likes of Gary Allan, Robert Earl Keen, Josh Turner, and Randy Rogers Band…What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
RB: As cheesy as it may sound, just being able to say I’m a professional songwriter or musician is the craziest thing. I still wake up puzzled by the job and its challenges. Playing shows with the people who initially inspired me is icing on the cake.
KIC: In addition to writing for yourself, you write for other artists. Who would you love have record something you’ve written?
RB: The end-all-be-all would have to be George Strait. Being from Texas, I’m a huge fan and if he ever recorded one of my songs, I’d have nothing more to prove.
KIC: What’s your favorite song that you’ve ever written? And what’s one song that you WISH you had written?
RB: I’m really proud of a handful of songs but the one that spoke the most truth and still holds it’s water would have to be a song called “Under The Neons”. I can still feel the emotion today as when I first wrote it. It was also one of the easiest songs I have ever written. It’s nearly like I just moved the pen and it came from the good Lord above. I wish I had written “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty.
KIC: You can tour with any two artists out there – who would you put on the bill?
RB: I’d love to tour with Tom Petty & Ray Lamontagne.
KIC: What’s one thing you’d like our readers to take away from this interview?
RB: I just hope that anyone listening to my records hears growth and passion. I work really hard at my craft and just want to be better than I was the day before.
All time favorite country song: “Georgia On My Mind” – Willie Nelson
Beach or Pool: Beach
Dream Duet Partner: Patty Griffin
Guilty Pleasure: Eating Chips
Favorite Vacation Destination: Colorado Mountains
Twitter or Facebook: Twitter
Favorite song to cover: “Georgia in My Mind”