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Join us for Radio Bristol Sessions, a live radio interview and performance at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Everyone is invited to be part of the studio audience for free! You can also listen live by downloading the Radio Bristol mobile app or tune in locally in the Bristol area at WBCM Radio Bristol 100.1 FM.
Band: Brian Ritchey
Brian Ritchey is a Nashville based singer/songwriter. He has released three solo albums to critical acclaim. The Brian Ritchey EP is an alt-country record drawing comparisons to acts such as Gram Parsons, Neil Young, Ryan Adams, The Jayhawks, Nick Drake, Tom Petty and more. His sophomore effort, If I Were a Painter, is a melting pot of garage rock, alt-country and classic singer/songwriter genres. The Tennessean proclaimed that “BRIAN RITCHEY’S GARAGE ROCK IS REAL!” while also drawing comparisons to indie rock darlings WILCO. No Way Out of this House, released in November of 2010, is a concept album that found Brian eager to abandon his alt-country roots, if only for one album. The album, filled with muddy guitars, lush string arrangements and dramatic vocals, drew heavily from singer/songwriter influences such as Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Neil Young. The new album led to some complimentary reviews by music critics. Gianfranco Callieri wrote that “No Way Out Of This House shows both (Robert) Altman’s narrative smartness along with (Bob) Rafelson’s fragmented melancholy. It’s similar to a musical rendition of the themes Paul Thomas Anderson (one of the preeminent voices of New Hollywood) dealt with in Magnolia.”
He also released a side project called Korean Is Asian on March 5th, 2011 that landed the band a spot on the critically acclaimed Daytrotter Sessions. Brian also received the title track placement on a Rolling Stones tribute album released on May 17th, 2011 by indie label Reimagine Music. Paint It Black: An Alt-Country Tribute to the Rolling Stones found Brian performing alongside alt-country icons Cowboy Junkies, Blue Mountain and more.
2014 found Brian signing with indie record label Barrelmaker Records where he began writing for his 5th official release titled Bordeaux. He finished recording the album in August and it released in 2015.
For more information visit http://brianritcheymusic.com/
Acoustic country singer/songwriter based in Raleigh/Durham NC. When Christiane first picked up a guitar and started writing songs as a young teenager, she tried to make songs that would relate broadly to everyone, but one night when she played some of her songs for a mixed crowd, a guy told her “I really like your songs, but they’re so girly.” She realized that despite the actual subject matter of her songs, some dudes would always think her songs were too feminine for them to listen to. With that realization, she decided to go in the opposite direction-she would write from her own experience as a young woman growing up in the new millennium.
As she started exploring music made by women, she was drawn to songs by writers like Dolly Parton and Amy Winehouse, who drew from their own experiences and wrote honestly about their feelings. Christiane’s songs, though, aren’t ballads. In fact, she doesn’t do sweet. She sings and writes from a position of power and threads of vulnerability to show both who she is and who she wants to be. These are songs about widely experienced situations, written from a perspective not often explored in acoustic music.
With a musical interest ranging from bluegrass to alternative rock to neo-soul, she experiments with rhythms, volume and speed to her original songs and an array of often surprising covers resulting in an interesting and energetic take on Americana music.
For more information visit http://iamchristiane.com/
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