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Underdog American Music

by Walker T Ryan

"Some Muddy Waters and even a little Bob Dylan creep into the shadows of Ryan's compositions, but he has definitely hammered out his own country blues style...." WOW Hall Notes Blues, Roots, and Originals
Genre: Blues: Guitar Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Burnin' (Like a Kerouac Coyote)
3:35 $0.99
2. Statesboro Blues
3:43 $0.99
3. Mama Robicheaux
5:12 $0.99
4. Black Cat at Midnight
4:24 $0.99
5. Goin' Down to Baghdad Blues
3:24 $0.99
6. Never Forget (The River Song '04)
4:38 $0.99
7. Werewolf Blues
3:32 $0.99
8. Corinna
4:06 $0.99
9. Taxicab Blues
2:33 $0.99
10. Black Velvet Elvis
3:16 $0.99
11. Young Rd. Blues
3:00 $0.99
12. Write Me a Few of Your Lines
3:20 $0.99
13. Blues for Rooster
3:19 $0.99
14. Hold On
1:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
"It's good to hear someone who doesn't play Robert Johnson note for note. That boy's got a soul of his own!" - Dave VanRonk

"Some Muddy Waters and even a little Bob Dylan creep into the shadows of Ryan's compositions, but he has definitely hammered out his own country blues style. His lyrics are simple and follow him up and down the coast, and in and out of relationships. His guitar carries his songs as he glides back and forth from picking to sliding.
Onstage, Ryan is both expressive and incredibly admirable of his art. He and his Delta Mystics use blues as a home base while wandering in and out of ragtime and folk. They don't (sing) songs about their women leavin', or tippin the bottle until it 's empty. They makes blues you can wiggle to."
(WOW Hall Notes)...

Walker T Ryan plays high energy acoustic guitar and sings the blues. He's a fingerpicker who plays straight-ahead acoustic blues, roots music and slide guitar in the manner of the old blues masters. But Walker is no museum piece. His music are alive with joy, pain, risk, invention, and improvisation. Solo, or with his band, "The Delta Mystics" Walker brings a unique voice to the blues

"Underdog American Music" is Walker T Ryan's first album on the Vipertoons Label. It features 10 of his original blues based compositions and 4 classic old blues as well.



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Kelly Robichaux

YEAH! Walker has managed to get all of his gruff, growly, huge, testifyin' mad-mojo country-blues guitar preachin' stuffed onto a little shiny disc. Hail patience & technology, I knew he's do it if we waited long enough. This sepia-toned CD is really an amazing work of art. It's got all the intense energy of a live Walker show AND the clarity to really hear and understand the heartfelt delivery of the words and the amazing interplay of sounds he can get out of just one old Gibson guitar with no fancy electronic tweakery. Several tunes also feature his Delta Mystics band, and these guys just KILL! especially on the Fred McDowell tune "Write Me a Few of Your Lines" the groove is just relentless and ecstatic.
Walker has the soul of and Irish storyteller with a bluesman's musical vocabulary, never failing to acknowledge and honor the African roots of the blues in his shows, while explaining the contibutions of immigrants and po' whites, crazies and characters off all colors. Hence the fitting title "Underdog-American Music. His familiar-feeling yet inventively original songs speak of huge truths in the language of the working people, with words that fit around real and sometimes raw feelings, not cleverly constructs from a rhyming dictionary.
Never Forget (The River Song '04) is sung in the voice of a broken Vietnam veteran, now watching his own child return with "her leg shot off" in the latest war...Bone-chilling. Walker never preaches. He tells stories and lets us see the truth with our own eyes. It sticks deeper that way.

Mark Dudys

Like Walkers deep voice, great control, can increase the volume wothout yelling.
I liked all all the songs but two. The other songs were tunes that I can listen to over and over again. This CD carries on where #13 left off. I cant wait for a third CD.


excellent blues cd
this is an excellent blues cd, acoustic guitar, bass , drums, i like all the songs and can't wait to hear his new cd.

It's a 4. Thank God I taught him everything he knows about playing the guitar -- now I don't have to do it! SSupberb player -- great singer -- astounding song selections! Keep up the fine work!

Mike Metzger

Terry Hines

Throaty from the gut very enjoyable well done.
This CD has a great mix of songs, all of which are very well done. Sit back relax and take a trip with Walker T. as he vocally moves you through various aspects of life's emotions.