Ryan Montbleau, the soulful stylist of sharp lyrics and a low-down, funky vibe, is bringing his solo set to the Yard Amphitheater at Ray Brothers Barbeque, Saturday, Aug. 28. Montbleau has spent much of the past year and a half producing four new EP’s that each stand on their own, yet when all together, paint a bigger picture of his observations, revelations, and aspirations.
As one who always plays open and down to earth, Montbleau has aptly named this bright new work Wood, Fire, Water, and Air. Ryan’s new earth spirit package blends the enthusiasm of his live performances with the best of his talents, and a fresh eagerness to create a polished piece in the studio. It shines, it’s fun, it’s poignant, and, well, it’s him. It’s what you’d want to hear from new Ryan Montbleau music. Maybe it’s because they were written in 2019, in the before-times, but his new songs carry an innocence about them. At the same time, they’re also relevant to our collective emotions, as they are today. The work as a whole gives a flowing feeling of nostalgia mixed with new hope. For what, it doesn’t matter. It’s just good to have both. Something his music always seems to provide.
The first two EP’s, Wood and Fire, have been released for digital listening, but don’t be surprised if he sneaks in new tracks from across the board when he plays in Madison County. Having been forced to perform mostly online for the past 18 months, this summer Montbleau has been able to stretch out with some live dates. As the world is still in a great state of pandemic flux though, those dates have been on the rarer side, making his appearance in Madison County all the more special. It’s understandable to be picky with the shows you catch this summer. This will be one worth being picky for. Don’t miss an uplifting, honest set that lets you remember there are indeed some good things alive all around you: laughter, love, hope, care, wood, fire, water, and air.