Texas Independent Phenom Mike Ryan Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Mike Ryan made his Opry debut last night fulfilling a major career milestone. Surrounded by members of his family and closest friends, Mike took the Opry stage and performed two of his previously released songs "Dear Country Music" and "Damn Good Goodbye.”
Following his performance, Mike said, “This is an incredible night. So many of my friends came out to support me. My family and my two sons are in the audience and it’s hard not to get emotional. I’m honored to be on this stage where so many Country music legends and artists have performed. I’m truly grateful for this opportunity and to be a part of this tradition.”
Mike first learned of his invitation to debut at the Opry when his two sons Myles and MJsurprised him with the news at his home in Granbury, Texas. Both boys were in attendance for the special occasion.
The Billboard Top 40 independent artist has toured relentlessly, amassing a loyal legion of fans, regularly releasing new music and performing over 150 shows annually. Mike was named a Rolling StoneArtist 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 Heatseekers Albums chart.
Most recently, the road warrior made his debut at Globe Life Field, his first-ever stadium show with Morgan Wallen.
Mike's new album Longcut puts Ryan's developed artistry and communicative, descriptive songwriting on full display. From the intense, charming single "Die Runnin" to the steady, farming-inspired "Forgiveness and Rain," the album's thirteen tracks cover a variety of themes and subjects, showing Ryan's impressive versatility. While rooted in classic country, the project picks up notes from rock and alternative influences, which gives it a unique and irresistible sound. Longcut is some of Ryan's best work yet, well worth the five-year wait.