November 2014

01 Sat
8:00 PM
Cellar 59 Wine Bar & Boutique Stow, OH More Info
3984 Kent Rd. Stow OH

Great wine bar (over 400 to choose from!) in Stow. Don’t miss this cool venue!

Located at:
3984 Kent Road
Stow, OH 44224

8 to 11 PM

Ryan Solo Acoustic Show

07 Fri
8:00 PM
“Half Way Home” Local Album Release Event Kent, OH More Info
175 East Main Street, Kent, OH

“Half Way Home”
Local CD Release Party
With special guests The Strange Familiar

The Kent Stage
175 East Main Street – Kent, Ohio 44240
7:00 PM Doors / 8:00 PM Show
Tickets $10 in advance / $14 at the door or 330-677-5005 for tickets.

KENT, OH – Singer/songwriter and Northeast Ohio native Ryan Humbert returns to the historic Kent Stage to celebrate the local release of his new album, “Half Way Home,” on Friday, November 7, 2014 with special guests The Strange Familiar.

Humbert and a 6-piece band will be performing songs from the new album, as well as fan favorites from his past albums, including songs from his popular 2010 release “Old Souls, New Shoes” and 2012’s “Sometimes The Game Plays You.”

The show takes place at The Kent Stage located at 176 East Main Street in downtown Kent, Ohio, with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. and an 8:00 p.m. showtime.

“The band and I are very excited to return to the Kent Stage,” said Humbert. “We’ve played there many times in the past, including the CD release party for “Old Souls, New Shoes,” and we’re really looking forward to debuting this new album on stage in Kent for the first time as a band. ”

Already being hailed as the best work of Humbert’s career, each track on Half Way Home provides a small glimpse of the artists and music that has shaped his work. The title song, an anthem for overcoming obstacles and taking risks, would fit right at home on modern pop/rock radio playlists, while “Out of Mind” could be an outtake from a Rick Rubin-produced Johnny Cash record. Traveling back a few decades, the guitar and organ riffs of “Weathering The Storm” mix the latter days of the Byrds with This Year’s Model-era Elvis Costello.

“I think with this album you can definitely hear my pop/rock side,” Humbert said. “There’s a lot of stuff that falls into my love of a good, catchy, three-minute pop song.” The album’s 12 tracks were selected from a pool of over 30 of Humbert’s original songs.

The album’s centerpiece, “California to Ohio,” not only showcases Humbert’s skills at telling stories through songs, but pays tribute to another influence in his music: his family. Co-written with Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Kim Richey, it tells the story of Humbert’s grandfather, Ron Humbert, and his 1953 journey hitchhiking from Camp Pendleton, California (where he was stationed as a Marine) to the small town of Hartville, Ohio, to see his wife Norma and their newborn daughter. The moving lyrics paint a vivid picture of the era while also placing listeners in the succession of cars along with its main character.

Another album highlight is the closing track, “Space Enough,” a Rolling Stones-influenced song that features the legendary McCrary Sisters on backing vocals, who have recorded with legends like Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan. Co-written with fellow northeastern Ohioan Tracey Thomas, the stirring lyrics address the emotional impact of a relationship disrupted by suicide. Despite the darkness of the lyrics, the McCrarys’ soaring, gospel-tinged harmonies seem to echo the optimism of the opening track, reminding listeners that there is still hope in the midst of recovery.

Copies of the new album will be available for purchase, as well as new t-shirts, lyric books and a new EP of unreleased material from 2011.

“When you make a record, you have two options. You either try to make the best album you’ve ever made or you tread water,” Humbert said. “For this album, we worked hard to make the best album we could, and I’m really proud of how it turned out.”

cd release party poster

29 Sat
8:00 PM
Jilly’s Music Room Anniversary Party Akron, OH More InfoSet a reminder
111 North Main Street, Akron, OH

Full band show! More details coming soon!

Don’t miss this cool show as we celebrate Jilly’s 1st year Anniversary!