Ryan Anderson creates characters that inhabit his songs. In this way he reminds me of Sonny Smith (produced by Chuck Prophet). On The Garden Path, each Ryan Anderson song is a story unto itself so it’s not always the easiest of a listen. Compounding that, his new record is on Happy Happy Birthday To Me – an excellent label – but not one known for the sound quality of it’s releases. The sound of this release, along with Ryan’s stream of consciousness songs, lends a certain anti-folk quality to this session.
On “Railroad Killer Stamp” Ryan Anderson sings from the perspective of a mass murderer on the lam. He turns what could be a pretty dour topic into a gospel-tent, rivival-style, sing along. Pre-order this September release here.
So you were probably wondering why I metioned Chuck Prophet in the post above. Well there’s reason to my madness and here’s how it ties all together. I’ve got another song from the upcoming Chuck Prophet record (courtesy of Jenny over at Yep Roc). It’s “All Over You” from his Oct 2 release Soap And Water (pre-order here)