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 →
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 →
To celebrate its 21st birthday, Magnet Magazine is throwing a party at The Trocadero tonight with Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood and Titus Andronicus. The Philly-based indie music publication has been a mainstay in the music news and interview world since 1993. Also a mainstay in their world of post punk / indie rock, Guided By Voices have been active again in recent years thanks to a few reunion albums, including Cool Planet, which was just released last week. Take a listen to “Ticket To Hide” below, read Kate Bracaglia’s overview of 21 GBV essentials here and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.
The Philadelphia Folk Festival announced their lineup today. The 53rd annual festival is August 15-17th at Old Pool Farm in Schwenskville, Pennsylvania. Some of the highlights of this year’s lineup include Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow, Sarah Jarosz, Loudon Wainwright III, Janis Ian, Shemekia Copeland and over 25 additional musicians including Natalie MacMaster, Tempest, the Rebirth Brass Band, The Slide Brothers and more. WXPN’s Helen Leicht will host a Philly Local stage with Kwesi K, Ryan Tennis, Mutlu, and Irene Molloy, David Dye will be doing World Cafe sessions with Caroline Rose and Parsonsfield. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, sample a few of the artists who are performing during the weekend.