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In May of 2013, Ryan Montbleau Band was on tour. We had essentially been on tour all the time for 10 years straight. But what made this particular tour different was that 1) we were heading into the studio to make a record, and 2) it had very recently become clear to us that our journey, and our band, was about to change.
As we began setting up shop at The Living Room recording studio in New Orleans, I had no idea what the future would bring. Two band members had just broken the news that they would be leaving the road-life to spend time with their families. This was a huge deal for a band that had mainly held it together for a decade. Soon the center would not hold. Without time to think too much about it, we all went to work with an unspoken focus.
Ben Ellman of Galactic was at the helm producing along with the help of Count, another studio ninja who had also worked on my For Higher record with Ben. The group poured its all into 10 tracks. Growing Light is the result. There is depth to this record and a lightness at the same time.
Pre-orders will be available for download on Tuesday, April 7th. Those of you who pre-order will also get early access to album tracks and additional exclusive content leading up to the official release date of April 21st.
I am still my own record label and an independent artist. All of the funds from these pre-orders and other pledge items will be used to help Growing Light see the light of day.
Thank you, as always, for your ears and for your hearts. Much love out there,
You will receive a download of the Ryan Montbleau Band album “Growing Light”.
Growing Light on CD. PLUS the album download and access to the exclusive updates.
Growing Light on CD – autographed by Ryan, plus the digital download.
Exclusive poster featuring the Growing Light album artwork – signed by Ryan.
18” x 24” poster from RMB’s “End of an Era” shows on December 6th & 7th, 2013 signed by all members of the original Ryan Montbleau Band lineup
This t-shirt will feature the Growing Light album artwork and is exclusively available via this Pledge campaign.
Growing Light on vinyl, plus digital download.
You will receive an autographed copy of Growing Light on vinyl.
Ryan will personalize and sign one of the band’s on-stage setlists from the 4/17/2015 Paradise Rock Club show.
Ryan will personalize and sign one of the band’s on-stage setlists from the 4/18/2015 Paradise Rock Club show.
Ryan will personalize and sign one of the band’s on-stage setlists from the 4/21/2015 Bowery Ballroom show.
Growing Light on CD, signed by Ryan, along with an exclusive album art t-shirt.
Growing Light on CD plus an autographed poster with album artwork.
Growing Light on CD plus an autographed album artwork poster.
5 CD copies of Growing Light to give away to friends! Or enemies…
You will receive copies of both Growing Light and Ryan’s 2012 release For Higher on vinyl, both autographed by Ryan.
Ryan will pick out one of his favorite books and send it to you in the mail along with a personal note.
Growing Light on CD, plus an RMB “2003-2013” poster signed by the entire original RMB lineup, plus a Growing Light t-shirt, plus a personal note from Ryan.
Ryan will play a private show on May 28th at the Life is good Tavern located in their Boston Headquarters. Attendance for this show will be tightly capped at 100 fans only. Ryan will (likely) perform in a three-piece format. Every person in attendance will receive a download of the performance as well. Price is per person.
You’ll receive a one-of-a-kind men’s bracelet made from used guitar strings from one of Ryan’s guitars and topped with and one of his picks.
You’ll receive a one-of-a-kind women’s bracelet made from Ryan’s used guitar strings and aqua foil glass beads. (Selection or arrangement of beads may vary slightly – this is a handmade item.)
Love “Boat Song”? This women’s bracelet is made from some of Ryan’s used guitar strings tied in the sailor’s knot.
Ryan will Skype you and play a 30-minute private performance, taking requests.
Lyrics to the Ryan Montbleau song of your choice, handwritten by Ryan on quality paper and personalized to whomever you would like.
You and a friend will be on Ryan’s guest list for any show of your choosing (excluding festivals and certain other possible exceptions. We will work with you on this…) and you are invited to soundcheck before the show. At soundcheck Ryan will play a song of your choice and meet with you personally.
You and a guest will meet Ryan at Fenway Park this summer to enjoy a Red Sox game together. Spend 9 innings cracking peanuts, talking baseball, music and cheering on the Sox. Unless you don’t root for the Sox. In which case, Ryan may just sit next to you in shocked silence for the whole game.
You can own Ryan’s SRV American Fender Strat, which he used on the road with Ryan Montbleau Band for years. (Most prominently, Ryan would use this guitar to play “Lonesome Serenade” on stage after the release of Heavy on the Vine.) Ryan will write it’s new owner a personal note and sign the guitar itself if you like. It’s a nice axe and needs a new owner! House trained, had all its shots. (Pick it up at a show or pay for shipping).
Ryan comes to your place for an evening of acoustic music. (If travel outside of a 5 hour radius from Boston/NY is required, buyer is responsible to cover cost of travel and lodging.)
Ryan will come to your house, wedding or party with a full band set up to play for you and all your friends. (If travel outside of a 5 hour radius from Boston is required, buyer is responsible to cover cost of travel and lodging.)