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ABOUT RYAN

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 one song a month all throughout 2014, building his debut album, The Elusive Yes, one track at a time.  

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

2013 Best of NYC Emerging Artists Americana/Folk Rock
- Deli Magazine

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Aug9

Songwriter Deathmatch with Ryan Hobler, Dave Keener, Karen Dahlstrom and Chris Q. Murphy

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Freddy's Bar & Backroom, 627 5th Avenue , Brooklyn, New York, US

 

Hey, do you like songs? Well, Songwriter Deathmatch ("Not to be missed" - South Slope News) is a fun, intimate night of singer-songwriters playing five songs each, hosted by Dave Keener.


Ryan Hobler:

Influenced by folk-rock heroes like Paul Simon, Elliott Smith and Nick Drake, Ryan Hobler's 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).
www.ryanhobler.com


Dave Keener:

A “terrific songwriter with a gift for catchy songs, humor, and subtle emotion.” (WYEP, Pittsburgh). His latest album Slugger appeared on Absolute Powerpop’s “best of” 2013 list, and he has hosted Songwriter Deathmatch at Freddy’s for two glorious years.
http://www.davekeener.com/listen


Karen Dahlstrom:

Karen Dahlstrom sings "wonderfully sinister" old-timey songs about love, loss and mining camps. Her vocals "possess the same smoky, worn around the edges quality of Adele or Chan Marshall of Cat Power along with the authenticity of Gillian Welch.” Karen is also a member of the band Bobtown, currently at work on their third studio album.
http://karendahlstrom.com/music/
Chris Q. Murphy:

Excited that time travel and reproductive technology had advanced to the point where they could combine their proverbial and literal juices and create a SuperSingerSongwriter, Elvis Costello, Loudon Wainwright III, Harry Chapin, and Hank Williams had a little baby boy and named him Chris Q. Murphy.
http://vimeo.com/77008993

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NEWS & UPDATES

"NEAR YOU" PREMIERES ON THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION + SONGWRITER DEATHMATCH 

My latest song "Near You" premiered today on The Bluegrass Situation. "Near You" is an incredibly personal song I wrote for my wife, Lauren, one New Year's Day not long after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Throughout that difficult time - from Lauren's mother's diagnosis to the end of her chemo and eventual remission - I found myself aching to say the right thing to Lauren, as if some magical combination of words would suddenly make everything better. I discovered that simply spending time with her and our family was the best and most comforting thing I could do. Being there mattered more than whatever I could say. 
 
Please do check it out and tell me what you think. The song will be on iTunes, Bandcamp, and on my website in a few days but for now check it out on The Bluegrass Situation.

SONGWRITER DEATHMATCH 

Super pumped to be invited to the next Songwriter Deathmatch show. Songwriter Deathmatch ("Not to be missed" - South Slope News) is a fun, intimate night of singer-songwriters playing five songs each, hosted by Dave Keener. Battling me onstage will be Dave KeenerChris Q. Murphy, andKaren DahlstromMAY THE MOST POWERFUL & LEAST ETHICAL SONGWRITER WIN!!
 

SAT AUG 9:: 8PM :: FREDDY'S BAR & BACKROOM :: 627 5th AVE ::
BROOKLYN, NY
 

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THE MOST RECENTEST 

Had a wonderful time playing my first gig - on Montclair Center Stage - in my hometown of Montclair, NJ. Had a great crowd of people singing, dancing, and finger-snapping along. It was super welcoming! The Montclair TimesThe Montclair Dispatch, and Baristanet gave me some great writeups too.
Songmeanings interviewd me, discussing creativity, influences, and my love of old school songwriting.
Did a Daytrotter session with my brother Kieran Hobler & Michelle Amador and that is now up HERE. Lookee, they made this rad cartoon of me: 

Be sure to download all released tracks from my album The Elusive Yes on my Bandcamp page.  
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