Somewhere, somehow, Ryan Tennis is probably playing music right now. The Philly singer-songwriter has logged quite a few frequent flyer miles this year, between his summer tour in Colombia and the autumn European run he just completed with percussionist Joseph Keim. Both excursions mixed up busking shows and venue performances, and we caught up with Tennis and his band in the between-time this fall when he and his full band were home in Philly. Continue reading →
Philadelphia soul- and folk-influenced songwriter Ryan Tennis is back with the release of spirited 5-track EP Two Days on the Fence. The prolific artist, known for his passionate performances and foot-tapping tunes, claims influences from reggae and soul to roots funk and acoustic balladry, and the new EP is no exception — Tennis’ variety of styles blend seamlessly into a unique rhythmic experience that is wholly his own. Continue reading →
The world lost a rock legend three days ago when Tom Petty shockingly passed away at 66 years old. Musicians everywhere have been mourning his loss in the best way they know how: covering some of Petty’s best records.
This week, the WXPN studio hosted Ryan Tennis and his Clubhouse Band for a Key Studio Session we’ll release later this fall. After it was done, they played a gorgeous version of the Petty classic “Wildflowers.” Wildflowers the album was Petty’s second solo album and it gives a more well-rounded look his musical abilities in terms of instrumentation and higher-tech production. “Wildflowers” is a heartfelt, sing-songy love record that has always been begging to be covered and Tennis and his band do just that. In this studio session, the Clubhouse band consisted of seven musicians (including Tennis) playing a slew of instruments from electric guitar to a shaker, but all of the musicians add their own unique vocals to create a very pretty harmony that fits perfectly with the soft strumming chord progression of Tennis’ acoustic guitar. Continue reading →
Philly’s Ryan Tennis recently returned from what looks like an amazing twelve city Colombian tour with percussionist, Joseph Keim. In case you couldn’t make the flight out there, the guys have graciously put together a video series detailing their vibrant musical experience for all to live vicariously through. Continue reading →
Indie pop duo Tennis will headline Underground Arts tonight with Rolling Blackouts and Coastal Fever. Their latest album Yours Conditionally dropped last Friday, featuring the feel-good, throwback single “In The Morning I’ll Be Better.” Check out the similarly vintage video for the track below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →
Boston indie rock band Quilt will be at Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Weekender and Hello Shark. The band, fronted by vocalist Anna Fox Rochinski, formed in college at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and just released their new album, Plaza. More information here.Continue reading →
Similar to the serene aura that Hawaii’s Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole created in his rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” Ryan Tennis‘s “The Valley” smoothly captures the vibe of another culture through music. Continue reading →
Passionate acoustic singer Ryan Tennis has released a live performance video for his feel-good new song “Newtown.” The sweet folk-laced tune is the lead track off of his latest album Silver Sun, set for release this week. Continue reading →
Indie-pop duo Tennis released their latest single, “Never Work For Free” as a free download late last week. The song comes from their latest LP, Ritual in Repeat, out September 9th, and was recorded with The Black Keys Pat Carney and Spoon’s Jim Eno.
Following their breakthrough single “Marathon,” Tennis recorded a session with the World Cafe. Last year, the band released Small Sound LP, where singer Alaina Moore explored different vocal styles. In “Never Work For Free”, the duo explore a more electronic-oriented approach; with the help of guitarist Patrick Riley’s interludes and a relentless drum beat from James Barone, Moore serenades the audience. In that sense, it’s closer to 2012’s Young and Old than anything else. However, the sound still has a distinct, sweet Tennis-like vibe to it.
The duo will be performing at Underground Arts with Pure Bathing Culture. Get more details here. Listen to the track below.