RYAN ALVANOS at Passim
Ryan Alvanos is a poet by training, storyteller by trade, songwriter by passion, busker by calling, and whim-blown vagabond by good fortune. He likes to walk while writing lyrics, and draft after draft, his notebooks fill with lines and strikethroughs until the songs sing themselves.
With the wisdom of a stream’s biggest fish and the whim of an anecdotal angler, Sharp Little Hooks (2014) sheds new light on the old-school art of fly fishing. The recording features The Blue Ribbons—James Rohr, Mike Castellana, Jef Charland, and Tauras Biscus—and is available as a 12” vinyl record, CD, and digital download.
From Here (2011) is a collection of songs that study places and shimmy between East and West, abundance and scarcity, and between taking off and staying put. This album also features a heaping helping of local-crème musicians, including Tom Bianchi, Raleigh Green, Sean Staples, Eric Royer, Dan Blakeslee, and Vance Gilbert.
Ryan is plowing the middle ground between Woody and Waits with songs that stroke your chin and get your itch like big nibs scratching coarse stock.