My latest musical concoction: "Bob vs. Jack vs. The World" is like "With or Without You" for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. And it just premiered to a nice writeup over on Elmore Magazine. It's the story about two frenemy thieves stuck quite literally in a dead-end situation. Imagine the last few minutes of the aforementioned film: the bandits are holed up, wounded and surrounded by the Bolivian army in an inescapable and unwinnable situation. Now just change "Butch" to "Bob", "Sundance" to "Jack" and the "Bolivians" to "The World." I wrote it thinking of this love/hate relationship I had with a friend of mine and then realized it sounded an awful like like that movie. Full disclosure: I still haven't seen that one in its entirety yet. Maybe I've seen just the end of it.
ABOUT RYAN2014 NewSong Music Finalist
With a style similar to the likes of Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, and more, Hobler’s debut album, The Elusive Yes, is poised to be a masterpiece of powerfully moving songs that all listeners will be able to connect with intimately. - Earbuddy
Upbeat...catchy, well-crafted...with that early ’70′s Harry Nilsson/Gilbert O’Sullivan pop-ness about it. It’s a good thing, especially in a time where “songwriters” are becoming scarce. - Popdose
Best of NYC Emerging Artists Americana/Folk Rock - Deli Magazine
Eclectic folk-pop singer and genre-jumping songwriter Ryan Hobler has been playing music in and around his native New York for nearly two decades. Performing in various bands and working as a professional audio engineer, Hobler developed a refined, lyric-driven style with a sound that combines intertwining layers of natural acoustic tones, transporting vocal harmonies and surprising arrangements. Thematically, his songs range from intimate personal stories to surreal allegorical explorations that have been praised for revealing a "love, defeat, and resilience in each track” (examiner.com).
Influenced by folk-rock heroes like Paul Simon, Elliott Smith, and Nick Drake, Hobler’s driving force is a desire to connect with others, inspire them, and create great art. Currently, with the help of renowned producer Andy Baldwin (Bjork, St. Lucia, Wakey! Wakey!), Ryan is releasing singles throughout 2014, building his debut album, The Elusive Yes, one track at a time.
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