“After listening to some of Chicago singer/songwriter Ryan Herrick’s music, a couple of things stand out: He plays with a lot of passion for the material he sings about and he’s a gifted guitarist who can manipulate the strings to his will.”
Inspired by the raw, visceral power in traditional Delta blues and Appalachian folk music, Ryan Herrick allows his music to merge from within. His soulful songs express his passionate belief in human unity and the interconnectedness of all things with a percussive blend of rock, folk-blues, Celtic, and Indian raga.
Based in Chicago by way of Central Massachusetts, Ryan has worked tirelessly during his time in the Midwest. He has self-released three records in just three years; his debut full-length album: One (2016) and two EPs: Sagitta (2017) and Inheritage (2015). He is also a collaborator with Chicago rocker Jam Alker as a lead guitarist in his band and co-producer on his debut album: Sophrosyne (2017). Ryan is currently touring on local, regional, and national levels performing as both a solo artist and as a member of the Jam Alker Band into 2019.
About Ryan's latest release, SAGITTA (September 2017):
"Herrick's voice is strong and compelling, the songwriting inspired and the musicianship is at a very high level. Taken together, this is one of the best albums we have heard this year. An absolute must have."
-Floorshime Zipper Boots Music Blog
The music and lyrics of 'Sagitta' are a new step in songwriting for Ryan; He has taken a much more direct and intimate songwriting approach while working with a band to produce a fully fleshed-out sound. Many of the songs are political; touching upon issues of Native American rights, the destructive fossil fuel industry, and political disillusionment. Spirituality remains a lyrical focus and driving force behind his music-- speaking about the many challenges we all face as we grow and change inwardly, as well as the sacredness of all living things.
The Pre-Order of this record helped raise funds and awareness for Conscious Alliance, a Boulder-based organization that provides assistance to marginalized Native American communities in crisis through youth empowerment and hunger relief.
Cole Coppola: Electric Guitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Travis Johnson: Bass, Keyboards, and Backing Vocals
Travis Maxim: Drums and Percussion
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by John Abbey at Kingsize Soundlabs in Chicago, IL.
Sagitta was recorded nearly live, all in one day on Earth Day 2017.