Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Lee Crosby blends essences of American folk-blues and North Indian raga into meditative songs of impermanence, compassion and joy.
Crosby’s music is a pleasing mix of improvised and composed material, performed on traditional and modern instruments. Through his recordings and performances, he hopes to inspire peace, openness and respect - for tradition, for culture, for each other and for one’s self.
Crosby describes himself as a ‘seeker’ within the music: producer and listener, performer and enthusiast, teacher and student. His music-making is an inward process: creativity through meditation, devotion and discipline, but it is also oriented around community-building. As a bandleader, Crosby is guided by the potential of music to connect the internal to the external, the individual to the group, and to bridge seemingly disparate cultures and traditions.
Crosby has evolved through many musical incarnations. His musical life began by playing harmonica at age 13, before transitioning into a punk-rock teenager, singing his own songs and playing guitar in local bands. He moved to the Boston area in 1998, where he has recorded numerous albums as a rock musician and singer-songwriter.
Ryan Lee Crosby has been nominated for two Boston Music Awards and was named “Best Singer/Songwriter” in the 2006 Boston Phoenix/WFNX Radio Music Poll. He composed and performed the film score for the award-winning documentary Racing the Rez (2012, broadcast nationally on PBS).
BUSKER ON THE BROAD HIGHWAY (LP * JellyFant 2014 * cat# jayf 29) * file under Blues
Ever Since I Quit The Bottle / There's A Fire Burning / Jinx Blues / Was I Wrong? / Down The Dirt Road Blues / Winter Hill Blues / Traveling Riverside Blues / Special Rider Blues / That's No Way To Get Along / If You Don't Want Me Baby
Ryan Lee Crosby is something of a musical wonder bag. With practically every new release, the Boston singer/songwriter illuminates new corners of his musical universe.
After the 60s-inspired, distortion-pregnant lo-fi excursions of his self-titled 2012 album, he now has the blues. With a handful of his own songs and cover versions of old pioneers such as Son House, Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Skip James, Robert Wilkins and Mississippi John Hurt, he sets out on his fifth album in search of unity with the universe, and because he sings with soul, plays from the heart and is not afraid to expose himself to the world, people like to accompany him a little bit on his way.
FROZEN WARNING (7" * JellyFant 2014 * cat#7jf31) * file under Tribute
b/w Allysen Callery: The End
A souvenir of the joint 2014 European tour of Allysen Callery and Ryan Lee Crosby, both cover famous female German songwriters: Allysen Sibylle Baier, Ryan Nico.