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Meet Ryan Chrys

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Chrys.

Ryan, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My mother was a folk and country singer who performed at the Troubadour in Hollywood where artists like Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, and the Eagles all got their start. Eventually, her love for horses and mountains lead her to move to Montana to work on a cattle ranch. It was on that Montana cattle ranch where I was born and raised and learned to strum along on the guitar with mom.

I moved to the nearest biggest city, Denver, to pursue music. I was a guitarist for solo artists and other bands for many years before I finally decided to learn to sing and form my own band.

Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t think there is any “smooth road” in the music industry, hah, in fact, its mostly struggle! I often feel down that I spent so many years in other people’s projects and that it took me so long to form the Rough Cuts. …and since I did it has always been a struggle to keep a good band together, given the struggle for money as an unsigned band. So yeah, the struggles have been to survive both personally and as a band, to get gigs, to make money, to preserver!

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
As a band, we concentrate on our original brand of outlaw music. I am super proud of the quality of musicians that are in this band, and the attitudes of each of us. I’m proud beyond measure of the sound we produce and our drive to be the best we can and to entertain and deliver something that makes a fan feel worthy of getting off the couch and traveling and spending money to go and see and hear us. I think what sets us apart is our diversity and raw talent and desire. There are a lot of bands that have one or two of those, but fewer that have all three.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Changing, changing, the industry is always changing. I’m actually pretty surprised at the resurgence of old country, though it makes sense given pop “country” on the radio. I think the question everyone is asking though is how are folks finding out about new music and artists these days? ..and as answers are revealed, the business end follows those answers, meanwhile, fans continue to have better, more in-depth windows into artists’ lives so they’re able to really know who they like and feel a deeper connection.

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