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Ryan Anderson has a talent for spinning epic yarns into powerful folk
pop. His songs tell fantasical stories of family and friends that can be
traced back to his south-eastern coastal roots. After studying film and
music he has settled in Austin, Texas where he enjoys being a small cog
in the gears of such an important musical movement.
Trains Take Away Old Friends is Ryan’s first full length that he
in 2002 just outside of Savannah, GA on an island called, Wilmington.
Inspired by early recordings of Daniel Johnston,Mountain Goats, Vic
Chesnutt and the song “On Top of Old Smokey,” he began singing into his
SM57 songs about lost love, dead relatives and trains; he didn’t stop
until it was complete - 5 months later.
Mike Turner from the Bee’s Knees zine writes, “this 12 track record
brings to mind the old days when elephant 6 singles were all really lo-fi,
but crisp, when Shrimper still released tapes, and when you go out
[and] discover a new band without any hype. Ryan's music is just that pure
In spring of 2003, the compilation, Paisley and Twee, was released by
Bi-Fi Records (Ames, Iowa) and Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records
(Athens, Georgia). It featured four bands, each with an EP's length worth of
material and also had cover art by David Barnes (Of Montreal).
Alongside Ryan Anderson there was: Poison Control Center, Elekibass, and Red
some reviews of Paisley and Twee:
“Ryan Anderson has a down-home sound somewhat like a Beta Band or
Mountain Goats...he has an inventive way about him...sounding better and
catchier each time.”
-Delusions of Adequacy (www.adequacy.net)
"...consistently strong songwriting which at times is both nostalgic
and heartfelt, but always with intriguing, lo-fi instrumentation at the
forefront. A great example of bedroom pop beautifully executed."
-Mark Warren (WCNI music magazine)
Also, a 5 song EP entitled, For the Ones Who've Left Us, is schedulled
to be released in 2006 by Happy Happy Birthday to Me. It was recorded
and engineered by Ben Cooper (Electric President) in the summer of 2004
on Big Talbot Island, located on the Northeast Coast of Florida, about
20 miles from the Georgia border.
Lately Ryan has been working on two albums that should be complete by