Ryan Johnson, Old Man Rinken | The Cave Tavern | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Ryan Johnson, Old Man Rinken

When: Tue., Dec. 1, 9 p.m. 2015

In the mid-’70s, when Dylan started smoking again, his voice was a revelation, boasting a high, piercing smoothness that was just starting to fray at the edges. It reinforced his deep desperation on Blood on the Tracks and Desire. Raleigh’s Ryan Johnson has such a voice, and it’s a perfect fit for songs that are full of regret and hope. He searches for reasons to believe amid persistent disappointment. His songs don’t match Dylan’s standouts, but that voice is a great place to start. —Jordan Lawrence

Price: $3

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