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Ryan Joseph Anderson is a Nashville-by-way-of-Chicago singer-songwriter. Because of being a multi-instrumentalist, Anderson creates music that can easily be described as Americana as he incorporates many different styles of music into his sound. Earlier this year, Ryan Joseph Anderson released his new album entitled The Weaver’s Broom.

To help bring The Weaver’s Broom to life, Anderson is joined by a small but talented group of musicians who add just the right amount of talent and musicianship to help flesh out the tracks that make up the album. Along with Anderson on piano, organ, guitars and vocals, the rest of the musicians are: multi-instrumentalist Jon Estes on, among other things, upright bass, cello, pedal steel, piano, piano strings, Hammond organ, synthesizer;  Dave Racine on drums, percussion and  Jen Donahue on vocals.

The Weaver’s Broom from Ryan Joseph Anderson begins with the track “Crooked Heart”. The track features Anderson playing the piano and creating an easy-paced track. The piano on the track is easily the focal point of the music as the rest of the musicians help add musical flavor to the music. The pedal steel is one of the standout instruments on the track that gives the song both a slight rock feel while also making the track feel almost folk-like in nature. The easy pace of the music helps start the release on a low-key feel and allows the intensity of the music to build as the album proceeds.

While “Crooked Heart” contains an easy pace to its music, the next track of “When the Bees Went Mad” finds Ryan Joseph Anderson creating a track that is quite easily the hardest rockin’ track on the album. The track features straight-out rock sound with a little country twang to it. The track features a beat that is absolutely solid that will get the listener wanting to dance along with the music. At just over three minutes, the track is just the right length for a single while also being just a little short- the type of length for a song that leaves the listener hungry for more.

After the listener enjoys the energetic feel of “When the Bees Went Mad,” the next track finds Ryan Joseph Anderson taking the music in a more folk-like direction. While the song “Weep Caroline” has a very current sound to it, the folk-rock music on the track would also easily feel right at home on an “oldies” radio format that plays artists such as Dion, Lovin’ Spoonful, Donovan, even Arlo Guthrie. The track once again finds Anderson creating a song with an easy pace to it that would easily translate well live.

While most of the tracks on The Weaver’s Broom from Ryan Joseph Anderson have a very full, fleshed-out approach to them, the track “Jericho” is the track with most simplistic feel to it. The majority of the music is created by Anderson’s acoustic guitar. With the acoustic guitar as the base for the music, the track returns Anderson’s sound to a more folk-like feel. Along with the acoustic guitar from Anderson, the rest of the music is created by a light bass in the background along with cello and strings by Joe Estes plus some light percussion to add texture to the music. The light touch on the instruments other than Anderson’s acoustic guitar helps to keep the feel of the track light and airy. The track ends up being one of the most interesting on the album.

“Wandering Apparition” takes the music of Ryan Joseph Anderson on bumps it up a notch. Like the track “When the Bees Went Mad” earlier on the album, “Wandering Apparition” allows Anderson to show off the more rocking side of his personality. The track features a rock and roll approach that seems like it reverts back to the early days of the genre when the music was as much Country as it was Rhythm & Blues. The retro feel of the music on this track truly puts Anderson squarely into the Americana category.

“Before the War” is a folk track that puts Ryan Joseph Anderson in the same company as Donovan, Dion, Arlo Guthrie and many other singer-songwriters that were part of that era of music during the Vietnam War. With this track, Anderson chose to give the track a very minimal feel to the music. Aside from guitar, cello and a few other instruments, the track contains very little as far as instrumentation is concerned. But that lack of heavy instrumentation helps add to the song’s inner beauty. The track’s somewhat political lyrics as well as easy musical feel make it perfect for that time period and our time period as well. While Jen Donahue appears on several other tracks on the album, her vocals on “Before the War” really help add a lot of depth to the otherwise sparse track.

As the listener travels from one track to the next on Ryan Joseph Anderson’s release The Weaver’s Broom, they encounter many different musical directions. And while Anderson does seem to cover a lot of ground on the album, it’s ground that the listener is familiar with. That familiarity makes the album one of the strongest of the year.

Click HERE for a live performance of “Weep Caroline” from Ryan Joseph Anderson and Jen Donahue.
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