Ryan has been hailed by Spin magazine as one of the ‘35 Best lesser known artists of the last 35 years’
Based near Fort Worth, Texas, singer/songwriter Ryan Hamilton released his first solo album, the critically acclaimed ‘Hell of a Day’, back in 2015. Prior to this, Ryan had experienced success across North America and Canada with former band Smile Smile.
Ryan signed to Stevie Van Zandt’s ‘Wicked Cool’ label in June 2018 and a sold-out tour of the UK supporting the Alarm followed.
In 2019 Ryan and his band completed a West Coast tour of the US. By personal invitation, Ryan also played Adam Duritz’ (Counting Crows) ‘Underwater Sunshine’ festival in NYC and The Alarm’s Gathering festival in both Wales and NYC. Mike Peters of The Alarm has said of Ryan: “this young man is the future of rock n’roll.”
2019 saw multiple tours of the UK, once in support of the Tearaways featuring Blondie’s Clem Burke, who proclaimed “Ryan is a genuine modern day 21st Century rock n’ roller”. Ryan closed out 2019 by opening for Jesse Malin (featuring Lucinda Williams) at the Bowery Ballroom, NYC.
Ryan’s first album for Wicked Cool,‘This Is The Sound’ was released May 2019 (winning in the Independent Music Awards ‘Album of the Year’ category), with the follow-up ‘Nowhere To Go But Everywhere’ coming in 2020. This album featured in multiple Top 10 Official Charts in the UK and ‘Albums of the Year’ polls. 2020 also saw the release of Ryan’s chart-topping solo EP ‘Incommunicado’, following shortly after his ‘songs and stories’ solo acoustic tour of the UK just before the pandemic hit.
Latest album ‘1221’ was released in November 2021 and went straight into the Top 10 Indie Albums on the Official Charts (U.K.). 1221 is also the very first Wicked Cool release to be selected as an Official Record Store Day title, the exclusive vinyl edition coming in April 2022.
Ryan completed a short run of sold out shows in the U.K. in February, with RPM magazine noting: “Ryan Hamilton is an artist whose back catalogue straddles power pop and Americana with radio-friendly singles and lyrics that hit the heart and soul. His live performance, whether with a band or solo is always memorable. For me a great artist has to have the whole package, that certain sparkle. Well written songs, a good voice, charisma and the ability to captivate an audience. Ryan has already proven himself in that department.”
2022 is already shaping up to be one of Ryan’s busiest, with multiple U.K. tours booked throughout the year and 2020’s abandoned summer Festivals now back on the calendar. Ryan
will play two nights at U.K.’s Maverick Americana festival in July and will appear fourth on the bill to Brit-rock headliners Ash at LeeStock festival.
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