Hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed 2006 album “From A Late Night High-Rise,” ambient folk/rocker Matthew Ryan is releasing a new album, his 11th, on April 1 called “Matthew Ryan vs The Silver State” on Brooklyn, NY indie label 00:02:59. Ryan is also giving away a copy of the CD with the purchase of a ticket during the first leg of his upcoming U.S. tour, which begins May 1 in Asheville, NC.

Recorded with longtime friends and compatriots Brian Bequette (guitars, bass and piano), Steve Latanation (drums and backing vocals) and Doug Lancio (production, engineering, mixing, guitars, bass and piano), the new album also features guest contributions on vocals from Kate York and Thad Cockrell, Eoman McLouglin (The Greencards) on viola and Kris Donegan on guitar. The band Vs The Silver State is Bequette, Lantantion, Lex Price and Molly Thomas (violin).

Ryan is the latest artist to give away copies of his latest album as an incentive to buy tickets for the supporting tour. Last year, Neil Young also offered free CDs with the purchase of tickets to his fall tour. Purchases of three tickets or less per transaction received one copy of Young’s new CD; those purchasing four tickets per transaction received two copies of the CD.

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Matthew Ryan Vs The Silver State itinerary (more shows to be booked):

May 1 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagel
May 2 Atlanta, GA Eddie’s Attic
May 3 Charlotte, NC The Evening Muse
May 4 Raleigh, NC Berkeley Café
May 6 Arlington, VA The Iota
May 7 New York, NY The Living Room
May 8 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
May 9 Pittsburgh, PA Bridgewater
May 10 Indianapolis, IN Sam’s Saloon
May 13 Chicago, IL Schuba’s
May 17 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge

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Last Updated on February 22, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen