Brian Ritchey – One-Sheet

“Brian Ritchey — that guy with that wistful, heart-wrenching record I was telling you about — has a video for his tune “Don’t Say I.” It was directed by Scott Simontacchi, and it’s an ideal wintry, hibernatory tune. Perfect Snuggie-weather jam.”

“On the title cut, Brian Ritchey’s flowing strings and piano build majestically from aching gypsy balladry to classical seventies to guitar-smashing nineties rock and back again to rest…”

“Credit Brian Ritchey for making this song as creepy and scary as it did when it was first released. His vocals, combined with a piano and violin start the song off in a way that a horror movie would build, then it suddenly moves from first to third gear, using the frantic sound that made the original such a classic. Of course, both versions really sound a like, but give Ritchey credit for trying to stay true to the original, yet slowly building to that point. Well done, Brian!”

“I like the juxtaposition of moods in Brian Ritchey’s version of “Paint It Black” – this is one of those instances where messing around with the original really works…”

“Hell, even if you ignore the rest of the lineup (which is pretty stellar) and just come to see a few songs each by Ryan and Ritchey I feel pretty confident that at the end of the night all you’ll be able to do is look at the person next to you, nod, and say “wow. yes…”

“No One Knows Lonely is pop candy shattered by a minute and a half (out of five) of distorted feedback solo capable of creating a savage and hallucinatory climax.” “Which Way Is Hell? (the opening track) is a loud and noisy homage to The Who in the form of a bar band dealing with punk rock.” “listening to the clanging It Feels Like Rock-n-Roll? (with some echoes of Tom Petty), to the semi acoustic warmth of a Coal Black Moon (reminiscent of Nick Drake), to the harrowing rock ballad Apology (five minutes of sentimental catharsis with the ghosts of Gram Parsons and The Band), or the heart-rending feedback of Joke…”

“Brian Ritchey: CD Release Show By Travis Swann “One of Nashville’s out of sight and most brilliant talents…”

“If you’re a country- or roots-influenced artist living in Nashville, it’s a difficult exercise to make singular, unique records. If you’re talented and you’re operating in the Americana wheelhouse whatsoever, you’re likely going to either blend into the landscape or find yourself adopting the Country Music Machine conventions — and thus potentially losing your soul. Local singer-songwriter and Korean Is Asian frontman Brian Ritchey, however, has managed to eschew the more tedious Nashville conventions — super-slick production and predictable song structure, to name but two — without having to sacrifice tuneful arrangements or emotionally revelatory subject matter Ritchey’s world-worn croon is his most potent asset, be it delicate and broken on songs of spiritual reflection or triumphant and booming on tunes about personal torment…”