Texas Country Star Mike Ryan Finds Out About His Grand Ole Opry Debut In A Sweet Way
Checking another thing off his bucket list, singer-songwriter Mike Ryan will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on Nov. 8th, 2022. The special performance will take place following the release of his highly-anticipated album Longcut due out on Oct. 28th.
Mike's Opry debut and his fourth studio album Longcut mark a decade of building his career independently as a critically-acclaimed songwriter with songs that have garnered over 265 million streams.
The Country music singer-songwriter first learned of his invitation to debut on the legendary stage, after his two young sons surprised him with the news.
Mike was named a Rolling Stone Artist You Need to Know, Pandora Artist to Watch and three of his songs have previously debuted at SiriusXM's 'The Highway.' Rolling Stone lauded his songs as "radio-ready hits that transcend the Lonestar state," and the San Antonio native has not only landed NINE #1 songs atop of the Texas music charts, but his previously-released Blink You'll Miss It landed at #15 on the Billboard Heetseekers Albums chart.
Collaborating with major label artists such as Brad Paisley and Brandy Clark, Mike's craft as a songwriter earned him a Top 20 hit as a co-writer on Brad Paisley's "Last Time For Everything" and Paisley reciprocated with a shredding guitar solo on Mike's previously released song "The Rewrite." Mike co-wrote "Jacket On," included on his upcoming album Longcut, with songstress Brandy Clark and Brent Anderson. The track also includes CMA Award-winning musician Jenee Fleenor adding her signature fiddle skills.
Mike's new album Longcut ushers in an elevated sonic edge, one that signals growth for the artist and songwriter, and demonstrates Mike's impressive caliber of talent - one that's not only earned the devotion of fans, but also the respect of peers, songwriters and artists within' the genre.
For the first time, Longcut shows Mike teaming up with collaborators and well-known Producers Bart Butler (Jon Pardi, Randall King) and Ryan Gore.
As a result, Longcut displays a welcomed intensity and maturity that signals an elevated level, one that demands attention. The 13-song collection has Mike embracing new musical elements and expanding vocally on songs like the edgy, rock-influenced "Get Away With Anything," the high-energy, up-tempo single "Die Runnin'" is "the kind of song you wish could go on forever," and the wear your heart on your sleeve spin on losing someone "Loser" puts Mike's studied vocal techniques to the test.
“Die Runnin’ has an urgency about it that’s really cool with this fun rock ‘n’ roll driving rhythm to it. There’s definitely some sonic growth on this new album coming, including this new single. We brought in a few new players and different elements that I thought were really crucial in making this album sound as good as it does,” Ryan shared.
On Oct 8, the singer will bring his dynamic talents to the Global Life Stadium in Arlington, TX, where he will directly support Morgan Wallan’s first-ever stadium concert, which has become the fastest sellout in Globe Life Field history.