Drusky Entertainment Presents
David Ryan Harris
510 East 10th Ave
Munhall, PA, 15120
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
1. A rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause.
With arching melodies, epic guitar riffs and rhythms inciting you to put your hands in the air, anthems give us a soundtrack to life's defining moments. And for HANSON, their sixth studio album ANTHEM marks the beginning of their third decade of making music together.
Over their first 20 years, brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson have made their mark. Five years building a fanbase as an independent band led to a meteoric rise with the 1997 international smash single MMMBop from their debut album Middle Of Nowhere. A long line of hits, four more studio albums, multiple Grammy nominations and over 16 million album sales followed. Over their second decade, the band charted their own course running an independent label while maintaining a coveted connection with their global fanbase, and in 2007 they launched a grassroots campaign to support poverty and HIV/AIDS relief in Africa (TakeTheWalk.net).
Set for release in the US in June followed by worldwide release and a coordinated world tour, the bands sixth studio album ANTHEM is an album that celebrates the power of music to ignite passion and bring people together.
"We have always been in awe of the ability music has to engage people, whether it's a song that makes you want to dance, or a song that inspires you to take action for a cause. We want this record to be the anthem for all of those moments", says Taylor.
Following two years of non-stop touring behind the bandʼs critically acclaimed fifth studio album Shout It Out, they decided to re-group at their home base in Oklahoma to shape the sound and vision for the album that would mark a new era for the band. Over the summer of 2012 the music that began to unfold was infused with new energy, producing a melodic tour de force. To begin recording ANTHEM, which is produced and written solely by the band, they returned to Sonic Ranch Studios where the buffer of thousands of acres of pecan groves and desert provided an essential escape from distraction. There they captured the foundation of the album the old-fashioned way, live, in one room.
From the blistering blues guitar riff of 'Fired Up', to the intimidating power of 'You Can't Stop Us' and the unstoppable grooves of 'I've Got Soul' and 'Tragic Symphony', the listener is buoyed by the high- energy and force of the music. The album also continues the band's signature vocal harmonies and eclectic influences, with guitar driven pop like 'Cut Right Through Me' and the soaring sing-along 'Scream And Be Free', as well as the romantic innocence of 'Lost Without You'. There is a tip of the hat to power ballads, with Isaac taking center stage on lead vocal with 'For Your Love', and Zac carrying the entrancing heartache of 'Save Me From Myself', which features Gogol Bordello's Yuri Lemeshev on accordion.
"The sound of this record touches on most of our musical influences, a bit of soul, a bit of song craftsmanship and some good old fashioned rock 'n' roll … this time it just has a little more fight in it", says Isaac.
The album's debut single 'Get The Girl Back' shines a bright light on their largest influence, 60'soul and rock 'n' roll, and it comes bursting out of the speakers from the first beat.
The video, a narrative tale which features the band performing in a packed club while characters' relationships evolve around them, showcases an ensemble cast of their friends led by actress/writer Nikki Reed (Thirteen), and Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls, Thor), Drake Bell (Drake & Josh), Paul McDonald(American Idol), Drew Seeley (Another Cinderella Story), and newcomer Alex Beh. "It also has that vibe of a big, sweaty rock show that you'd want to be at," Taylor says. "The video invites people into the first chapter of a story that we hope inspires everyone to want to stick around for more," says Zac.
HANSON friends Michael 'Fitz' Fitzpatrick and Joe Karnes, from Los Angeles-based indie soul band Fitz and the Tantrums joined them on 'Get The Girl Back'. "It's hard to find bands whose sound and aesthetic is similar to ours," Taylor says, "But we connected on a love of '60s soul and pop".
In addition the record features guest appearances from music aficionado Tom "Bones" Malone (Blues Brothers Band, David Letterman band and band leader on Saturday Night Live), who contributed horns to 'I've Got Soul' and 'Get So Low', and Imani Coppola who added strings to 'Tragic Symphony', highlighting the song's classic Michael Jackson influence. The band also reunited with renowned mix engineer Tom Lord-Alge, who mixed their first two major studio albums.
Every album has a story, a pattern of events and influences that come together to create a piece of work. In the case of ANTHEM, the greatest part of the story is the element of HANSON which has always been core to their success - their dedication and passion to reach for the best, for their music and their fans. For this band their ANTHEM is melody, passion, and conviction to stay the course with their music and with their faithful supporters; and that is an ANTHEM for the ages.
David Ryan Harris
Nice to meet you. My name is David Ryan Harris.
Born in Chicago. Raised in Atlanta. Live in Los Angeles.
I heard music, melodies and stories in my head as a child.
They never went away and I hope they never do.
After experimenting with drums, piano and other instruments in my teens I began my love/hate affair with the guitar.
So, there it is: I am a soul singer who plays guitar.
And sometimes: I am a guitarist who sings soulfully.
Drawn to the blues after hearing songs by Son House, Robert Johnson and others and growing up at a time when Prince, Parliament/Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder and other musicians were stretching the boundaries of popular music I began to understand that music could not and should not be limited by our often narrow views of what it should be.
Co-founded a band called Follow For Now in 1988 in the hopes of creating a sound that combined all the influences that had been shaping my musical vision:
Bad Brains meets Stevie Wonder and Public Enemy in Memphis.
While the band had a short life, it was my launching pad, as it allowed me to taste the fruits of such a strange mess of musical ingredients.
Signed to Chrysalis in 1990 and released "Follow For Now"
Signed to Brendan O'brien's Columbia imprint in 1997, released a self-titled record and began to spread my wings as an artist, writer and producer.
Signed to Elektra in 2000, with a band called Brand New Immortals and released Tragic Show. Label folded. Band followed suit.
Self released "The Bittersweet" in 2007.
Since then I have had the pleasure of writing with, playing with and/or producing artists from Dave Matthews, Cassandra Wilson, Derek Trucks, Santana, Marc Broussard, Guy Sebastian and John Mayer.
This is still the beginning.
Yes, it's nice to meet you. My name is David Ryan Harris.