Ryan Hutchens is a 27 year old singer songwriter based out of Columbia, South Carolina. He has been on the road full time since the fall of 2013, performing more than 400 solo acoustic sets in bars, restaurants, and coffeehouses across the US. Ryan draws on his South Carolina roots and the musical influences of his family, and feels at home writing and performing Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, and Traditional style songs. “..falls somewhere between intelligible Bon Iver and early, less rock oriented Band Of Horses” David Stringer, Scene SC (Columbia SC)
Like his solo performances, the behind the scenes work is mostly a one man show and Ryan spends every day writing, booking, and promoting his music. He also works closely with the Post Echo record label in Columbia South Carolina for online promotion, press and fan engagement, and collaboration with other artists. Touring takes most of the time and effort as Hutchens stays on the road an average of 10 months out of each year, criss crossing the country with a guitar, merch, and a minivan. New writing is often accomplished during these journeys when some downtime can be found in the back of the van or backstage. The necessity of travelling and performing solo has informed the development of Ryan’s singer songwriter style. The song “Hold On, Hurricane” (https://cancellieri.bandcamp.com/track/hold-on-hurricane) from his LP “Welcome To Mount Pleasant” (https://cancellieri.bandcamp.com/album/welcome-to-mount-pleasant) is a good example of the stripped down style he has come to favor. “..the arrangements are delicate but sweeping, making for a remarkably cohesive collection littered with stunners that rival many of indie folk’s biggest names.” Jordan Lawrence, Free Times (Columbia SC)
Growing up in South Carolina, Hutchens had been exposed from an early age to southern appalachian traditional music in the bluegrass, folk, and gospel genres. Family members played guitar and banjo and Ryan picked up guitar early on but didn’t consider it a serious calling for another decade. Following an interest in electronically created music, Ryan started working with the Post-Echo record label in 2011 under an old family name turned band name, “Cancellieri”. As years past and musical experiences grew, Ryan found that the honest root of what he wanted to do with music was best found in live performances with more traditional instrumentation rather than a computer and keyboard. From 2011 to 2015, Hutchens released three EPs and three LPs under the Cancellieri name. Two of these LPs include original music but are predominantly based around Ryan’s covers of American traditional, gospel, bluegrass, and folk songs. The most recent of these is “46 and Raleigh” (http://www.cancellierimusic.com/46-and-raleigh/), was recorded over the course of a week in Denver Colorado, and released in the summer of 2015. Ryan started touring full time in the fall of 2013 and has played countless street corner performances and over 400 venue shows to date. Life on the road and the experience of performing in front of so many diverse crowds is the biggest influence on who Hutchens is as a musician now and where he would like to go in the future. Beginning in 2016, Ryan Hutchens will drop the Cancellieri name and begin releasing new music and performing under his given name. He has a US tour covering 38 states in the works for most of 2016 as well as new music to be released later in that year. You can visitwww.hutchensmusic.com or www.post-echo.com for more information.
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Ryan will appear on WXRY Unsigned LIVE from The British Bulldog Pub on November 29, 2015.