by Dan Schram
Generally speaking, when we've shot these sessions people bring lots of gear. As we were ready to shoot Ryan Gustafson earlier this week at Gabe Nelson's f/Stop Grooves Studio, Ryan came in with just a guitar and capo, no case or tuner. After going over a few tunes on a picnic bench, he walked toward the studio handling the guitar as though he was carrying a wrench. Ryan came in and did three unreleased songs as well as a very interesting local cover song that we will post at some point in the future.
Today's session features a performance of "The Harbor," an unreleased song off Ryan's upcoming untitled release. Later this month he plans to enter the studio to record a handful of songs he's currently working on. We can expect to see Ryan playing out more often. Recently he's taken several last-minute solo gigs opening for various bands in the area to road-test his new material. The song featured today is an interesting change of pace in that it is much more Townes Van Zandt minor key than some of the more groovy Drughorse tunes we're used to hearing off of 2009's Donkey.
Ryan plays TRKfest 2012 Saturday around 4 p.m. at Piedmont Biofuels in Pittsboro. He'll be playing alongside Des Ark, The Toddlers, Butterflies, Hammer No More The Fingers and members of Midtown Dickens, Megafaun and Lost in The Trees as well as many others. A $10 donation is suggested. Ryan is also playing Aug. 3 at the Nightlight, opening for The Human Eyes CD release (an album which he produced) along with Stu McLamb. That show begins at 9:30 p.m. and costs $5.
The purpose of the Independent Weekly's Simple Music Video Series is to capture local and touring musicians who we feel are producing something special. The hope is to capture something very simple in order to mirror the experience of viewing a performance as if you were in a small crowd watching a quiet set. We hope for content of the music to be the primary focus of the series, not multiple camera angles meant to keep the viewer guessing and entertained.
Most bands featured in the series will be a sample of the deep pool of talent in the Triangle, while others will represent some of our touring favorites.