Latest News and Reviews
Long Ryders/Under The Bridge London review
"Unlike so many reunion tours, where drawn out banter/breathers between every song can crush the dream, the Long Ryders rip through their catalogue, the three songwriters, lead guitarist Steven McCarthy, Stevens and rhythmist/”point man” Sid Griffin sharing vocal duties...
From opener Run Dusty Run to scorching closer Looking For Lewis and Clark, the Long Ryders gave it everything, passion, and politics, undimmed. Griffin’s Rickenbacker still bears the Coal Not Dole sticker I spotted when I first saw them 30 years ago and the perception/education/persuasion of the songs hasn’t aged a bit."
The full review, along with a brief interview with Greg, can be read on the Event Industry News website.
The Long Ryders @ Whelans Sunday 8th may 2016 review
"The band look no older than they did on their last visit to Whelans and played with the same ageless energy - though by the end of the set Sid Griffin’s voice was showing the signs of singing over an electric band rather than the acoustic tones of his regular band The Coal Porters - The long Riders are Greg Sowders on drums, Stephen McCarthy on lead Telecaster and vocals, Tom Stevens on bass and vocals and Sid Griffin on guitar and harmonica. With all three handling lead vocals and harmonies the songs were varied and interesting. The majority were uptempo powerhouses but there were also a couple of slower songs to balance the set. There is always the danger that a legendary band can disappoint in a live setting and though there was a rough edge to the sound the overall effect was solidly steadfast."
Read the full review on the Lonesome Highway website.
Final Wild Songs Bristol Show reviews
Two very fine reviews of the 2016 show at Bristol's Fleece in Bristol 24/7 and The Bristol Post.
A fine Long Ryders piece in Spain’s best media voice. Read the full article on the El Pais website.
Bristol 24/7 Interview
Ahead of The Long Ryders Bristol show on May 3rd Sid Griffin spoke to Jonathon Kardasz of B24/7. Read the full interview online here.
BBC Radio Ulster - Ralph McLean Country
Ralph McLean plays several tracks from Final Wild Songs and talks with Sid ahead of the 2016 Europe Tour Dates.
Listen to the broadcast for the next 30 days on the BBC Website.
Todd-o-phonic Todd on WFMU
Listen to a selection of tracks from the Final Wild Songs box set along with a great Sid Griffin interview on Todd-o-phonic Todd's fine WFMU show. Sid speaks about the early origins of The Long Ryders, the 2016 Tour Dates and gets to play some of his favorite tunes.
Listen to the broadcast on the WFMU Website here or on SidGriffin.com.
NPR 'Final Wild Songs' Review
Meredith Ochs has some fine things to say about Final Wild songs...
"If you drew a straight line from The Byrds through Wilco, you'd intersect the Long Ryders right in the middle. But that's only part of what makes this band essential listening. The true test of music is time. And this music sounds as good and as relevant now as it did three decades ago."
Listen to the full audio and read a transcript at the NPR website.
Liz Kershaw on BBC 6 Music
Sid chats to good friend Liz Kershaw on her great BBC 6 Music show about the new boxset, the upcoming live dates and borrowed pantyhose...
Listen to the full interview on the BBC 6 Music website.
Loneseome Highway Interview with Sid Griffin
Stephen Rapid speaks to Sid about Final Wild Songs and what the future might hold for The Long Ryders following its release. Loneseome Highway Interview
Pennyblackmusic Magazine Interview
John Clarkson speaks to Sid Griffin, the front man with groundbreaking 80s band the Long Ryders, about their influence on the alt.country/Americana movement and 'Final Wild Songs', a new four CD box set. Pennyblackmusic Magazine Interview
RNE Radio 3 Long Ryders Radio 'Especial'
Our good friends at RNE Radio 3 in Spain have outdone themselves with this killer special on the band. LOTS of tracks from Final Wild Songs plus background history on the band.
Listen online or download.
The Long Ryders Europe Tour
All dates for the bands 2016 tour of Eurpoe have now been announced. Full listings both below and on the Tour Dates page. The Long Ryders will tour the USA this summer.
The Reviews are in
"Majestic four-disc anthology of studio recordings and rarities." said Classic Rock Magazine in their Review of Final Wild Songs. Read more review excerpts on the Final Wilds Songs page.