Featured Photos: Ryan Star rides his dark horse in on the Train tour

Ryan Star finishes up a run of tour dates with a couple opening spots on the Train tour – the audience responded, and seeLOUDER found many Train fans in line to buy is dwindling copies of 11:59 at the merch table this gorgeous night, September 19th in Redmond, Washington.

Some photos from the night…

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Featured CD: Ryan Star – 11:59

Ryan Star - 11:59Ryan Star – an apt name for sure – as this tall, dark and broodingly handsome singer songwriter spreads his wings on his first solo major label release(Atlantic) – 11:59.

Fresh off of his hometown CD release August 3rd – in New York City’s Irving Plaza, his fans are ready for the world to see what we have all been waiting for.

SeeLouder.com contributor: Pam, and fellow fan – Anne – report back from the CD release –
Pam – “Ryan threw every ounce of energy into his set (I think it was 90 minutes but don’t quote me on that part) and the crowd soaked it all in and threw it back towards the stage, singing along, screaming, pogoing, and snapping photos throughout the entire show. He plays the electric guitar onstage like a rock god.”

Anne – “The Ryan Star CD release show was fantastic! Ryan and his band were on fire! Having been to about 10 other small, intimate shows with about 50-150 fans in attendance, this show had quite a different vibe with about 1000 in the audience at Irving Plaza, NYC on August 3rd, 2010. Ryan made every single fan from the front row downstairs to the back row of the mezzanine, feel welcome and part of the show! It was electrifying! There wasn’t a dull moment in the entire 90 minute set, even with Ryan tuning his own guitars, he made up for it with chit chat and interacting with the crowd! The highlight for me was seeing Ryan, his current band, and former band mates from “Stage” performing “Back of Your Car” as the finale.”

For those that think his moniker sounds familar – and not just because of that doubled R’d gal from AI – you’re not mistaken – Mr. Star, was a serious contender on 2006’s CBS summer series, Rock Star: Supernova. And although, Star did not win the ultimate prize, lead singer of the now defunct Rock Star Supernova – he has been a standout post show – now having ridden his talents to this career defining moment – not dissimilar to the entitled CD – 11:59. Star also may be known to some via music he produced with his previous band Stage.

If you’ve been a long time dedicated fan you have had the benefit of seeing his songwriting & performances through the interpretations of his own growth. From the angst of a late teen/early twenty something, to a cover singing tv muso, to the man on the pinnacle of major success today – his music has matured and is ready to take the mainstream by storm.

The wait has been well worth it. Our favorite track is Start a Fire – sexy and danceable – not bad for our dark brooding songwriter! It is definitely accessible to a new listener and makes you want to see him live. Other favorites are previously indenpendent releases, We Might Fall, and Back of Your Car. We might Fall – clearly very personal to Star with almost unnoticable mentions to his love – Hallie in the lyric (also echoed in the track – Last Train Home). Another standout is Breathe – featured in a campaign highlighting the struggle and search for jobs today – http://breathe4jobs.com/.

Pam notes further comments on the CD – “I LOVE the album. They only tweaked We Might Fall and Losing Your Memory, including, I believe, the addition of bagpipes LOL. Start A Fire has the “poppiest” lyrics, but Ryan’s voice and intonation manage to keep it from being bubblegum. The other “new” songs on the album, 11:59 and Unbreak, are more along the lines of the emotional material we’ve heard him play since 2006, but the addition of a full band really fleshes them out. I’ve been playing it frequently for 6 days now!”

Full track listing off of 11:59 – deluxe edition (our recommendation)
1. Brand New Day
2. Right Now
3. Last Train Home
4. Breathe
5. We Might Fall
6. This Could Be The Year
7. Unbreak
8. Start A Fire
9. Losing Your Memory
10. 11:59
11 You and Me (Bonus track)
12. Gonna Make it Right (Bonus track)
13. Back of your Car (Bonus track)
14. Right Now (bonus video)
15. Last Train Home (bonus video)
16. Breathe (bonus video)

Check out upcoming tour dates (rstar.net)-
Aug 12 – Juanitas – Little Rock, AR
Aug 13 – Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA – Appearing with Thriving Ivory
Aug 14 – Tipitina’s Uptown – New Orleans, LA – Appearing with Thriving Ivory
Aug 16 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX – Appearing with Thriving Ivory
Aug 17 – The Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX – Appearing with Thriving Ivory
Aug 18 – Stubb’s – Austin, TX
Aug 20 – Martini Ranch – Scottsdale, AZ – Appearing with Thriving Ivory
Aug 21 – Anthology – San Diego, CA
Aug 24 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 25 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA – Appearing with Thriving Ivory
Sep 12 – Aladdin Theatre – Portland, OR – Appearing with Justin Nozuka
Sep 13 – Chop Suey – Seattle, WA – Appearing with Justin Nozuka

Also noteworthy, since his turn on CBS, Star released a live album, Dark Horse(2006) – a mix of covers and original music, as well a heart pounding track “Last Train Home” (2007) on the soundtrack for the motion picture: P.S. I Love You. Additional credits for Ryan’s music can be found here. Ryan has recently toured with the likes of David Cook, Serena Ryder, Collective Soul among others.

Ryan has always been known for being very fan friendly – and in touch w/the fans, now via twitter, facebook, myspace, and even posting on message boards his fans frequent like RockBandLounge.com. Always ready with a smile (and maybe a hug) when meeting fans after a show. This is probably why the devout fans have been waiting(none to patiently!) for this 2010 album. Moreover, Star surrounds him self by truly grounded family and friends, often times in attendance at his shows or on the road. Our advice – get out there and catch Ryan Star when he hits your town. You want to get in on this!