First New Music in 30 Years from The Long Ryders
"Whenever I hear this first new Long Ryders’ song in thirty years it only takes me about half a minute before I have to push back my chair, turn the volume UP, and start dancing around the room like a happy fool. A killer Tom Stevens' song, a strong ensemble performance; a real true thrill to be back in the saddle again, riding high with The Long Ryders, my musical home away from home." Sid Griffin
Americana pioneers, LA’s Long Ryders, release "Bear in the Woods" on Tuesday, April 18. Penned by bassist/vocalist Tom Stevens and produced by Adrian Olsen and The Long Ryders, it is available on Spotify, iTunes, Pandora and YouTube. Additional newly recorded songs will follow closely thereafter.
The new music comes just before the band’s first CA tour run in 30 years, playing club dates before their 2017 Stagecoach Festival appearance. Shows include The Chapel/San Francisco (4/26), Constellation Room/Santa Ana (4/28) and The Roxy Theatre/West Hollywood (4/29).
Songwriter Tom Stevens offers the following about his new tune: "The message is complex. I wrote this song about a bear, a friendly one, approaching it like a children's song. But what emerged under its surface was different. I likely had the state of politics on my mind. The bear in this song may not be the friendly, all-knowing guru that he appears. But in real life, it's up to us to seek our best hopes and not our worst fears in our gurus. Lately I feel that too many have done the latter."
Lead guitarist/vocalist Stephen McCarthy explains how the new music came about: "The band played a number of shows in 2016 and we felt it would be worthwhile to try and write/record some new material. Greg flew out to Virginia and we recorded a few new songs at Adrian Olsen's Montrose Studio. Sid and Tom sent new tunes over and we recorded remotely for the first time."
Tom continues the story: "Thirty years on and the band still sounds wonderful--mature, familiar yet new, and all very much The Long Ryders. It's brand new musical scenery in our long ryde, and we're all enjoying the view."
Drummer Greg Sowders agrees: "Thirty years goes by in the spin of a wig hat. We wanted to give our fans something new for our spring tour. It’s so great to be back in the studio with my favorite rock 'n' roll band. We hope you like this new music as much as we do."
The Guardian, March 31st, 2017
A mention of The Long Ryders in todays Guardian Newspaper in their 'Readers recommend playlist' here.
"One final carp at proverbs is provided by the Long Ryders who, reasonably enough, suggest that A Stitch in Time is, “fine if you know what you are doing” – with misguided interventions however, more often than not, it will harm rather than heal."
Not to be outdone Sid gets a mention elsewhere in the paper today too.
Hell freezes over!
For the first time in thirty years The Long Ryders are working on new studio recordings. Three songs are already in the can and the guys are working on more.
One will be released via Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, YouTube, etc., etc., in April and the band hopes to finish an album by December.
Watch this space, music lovers!
Additional California Shows
Leading up to their appearance at April's prestigious Stagecoach Festival, the Long Ryders have added three club dates including their triumphant return to the famed Roxy Theatre on LA's Sunset Strip.
The band have added old friends and San Francisco alt-rock darlings Translator to their two club shows in Southern California, and will play with Translator at the just-announced date at The Chapel in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 26. All three shows are all ages, with the support going on at 9pm and the headliner at 10pm.
- 26/4 Wed - The Chapel - San Francisco, CA - Tickets
- 28/4 Fri - Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA - Tickets
- 29/4 Sat - The Roxy - West Hollywood, CA - Tickets
- 30/4 Sun - STAGECOACH 2017 - Indio, CA - Tickets
The Long Ryders have appeared in Europe, the UK and the Northeast U.S. as part of their Final Wild Songs 2016 – 2017 Tour in support of their much-vaunted 2016 4-CD career retrospective on Cherry Red Records.
Longtime fans will see the same classic Long Ryders' line-up that recorded three highly acclaimed studio albums and toured extensively, including the recent dates: Sid Griffin (guitar, vocals), Stephen McCarthy (guitar, vocals), Greg Sowders (drums) and Tom Stevens (bass, vocals).
The Long Ryders at the Bowery Ballroom - Live Recording
A recording of the complete set from The Long Ryders triumphant show from New York's Bowery Ballroom is online via NYC Taper. The Long Ryders performed their first East Coast US Tour in 29 years in November of 2016 in suport of the Final Wild Songs box set.
Listen below or download the full set at the NYC Taper website.
The Long Ryders Live at Monty Hall - WFMU Video
A recording of the Monty Hall performance of The Long Ryders from November the 9th 2016 is now online via WFMU on their Vimeo channel.
Check it out on Vimeo.
The Long Ryders are very pleased to announce they will be performing at Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California. The band will play on the final day of the three-day event, Sunday, April 30; this year’s headliners are Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney.
Stagecoach tickets / passes go on sale Friday, November 18 at 11:00am PST, available via the Festival website: www.stagecoachfestival.com
Stagecoach attendees will see the same classic Long Ryders’ line-up that recorded three highly acclaimed studio albums and toured extensively, including the recent dates: Sid Griffin (guitar, vocals), Stephen McCarthy (guitar, vocals), Greg Sowders (drums) and Tom Stevens (bass, vocals).
The band electrified longtime fans on their ‘Final Wild Songs 2016 Tour’ eliciting acclaimed reviews from all: “Another spine-tingling moment in a gig that had so many” Craig Chaligne, Louder Than War and “The band have lost nothing in terms of musical ability and passion, and if anything they’re playing better than ever” Jonathon Kardash, Bristol 24/7
Final Wild Songs is the 4-CD, 76-song career retrospective of the pioneering Los Angeles alt-country act. Released by England’s Cherry Red Records, the box set features the original albums’ tracks as well as demos, singles, and rare live recordings, coupled with a 24-page booklet containing the band’s and David Fricke’s extensive liner notes.
Critics have raved about the box set ranging from Classic Rock (“truly glorious”) to Mojo (“this music sounds as good and as relevant now as it did three decades ago”), Shindig (“this is a crack shot collection”) to NPR’s All Things Considered (“a reminder how scorching their live show was”).
The Long Ryders set time at Stagecoach is looking to be 3:40 – 4:25pm on Sunday on the Palomino stage.
Additional Long Ryders live dates supporting Final Wild Songs are being finalized for Spring 2017.
The Reviews Are In
Critics have raved about the Final Wild Songs box set ranging from Classic Rock "Majestic four-disc anthology of studio recordings and rarities." to Mojo "this music sounds as good and as relevant now as it did three decades ago.", Shindig Magazine "this is a crack shot collection" to NPR’s All Things Considered "a reminder how scorching their live show was". Read more reviews in full here on our website.