Hailing from Cleveland Ohio, home of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, one could say Ryan Thomas had rock in his blood. In 2006, he arrived in L.A., guitar in hand, ready to make music. Starting with pick-up gigs and open mics, Thomas honed his craft until he was able to self-finance the release of his first EP Porcelain Heart in 2011. Though only six songs, the EP was a nimble, diverse work that incorporated a variety styles into a coherent whole that showed off Thomas’ classic, guitar driven singer-songwriter style. It was an impressive enough effort that not one but two songs from it (“Porcelain Heart” and “Halfway Afloat”) were featured in the hit TV show Cougartown.
In 2012, Ryan and other like-minded rockers founded the band Much of Many, a freewheeling mix of rock, folk and country. Together they toured the west coast, delivering set after set of boundary-free American music to enthusiastic crowds. In 2014 however, just as they were finishing work on what would be their first EP, Much of Many freewheeled themselves apart. Undeterred, Thomas buckled down and once more focused on solo-songwriting, soon crossing paths with producer/engineer Alejandro Barajas. In Barajas (who has worked with Sia, Skyler Grey and Imagine Dragons) Thomas found someone else who was not only as passionate about music as he was but who also shared a similar vision. A project together seemed only natural.
Now, with Barajas as producer, Ryan returns to releasing solo work with a new set of songs entitled Night on Fire. In it, Ryan Thomas builds upon all he’s learned by expanding his sound in a modern direction while keeping one foot firmly planted in the classic songwriting. It is a fresh record in which Thomas’s dedication to craft comes to fruition with songs that are focused and powerful.