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Canadian Singer-Songwriter Ryan Wayne Set To Release New Single From Upcoming Album

Accomplished Americana/roots-rock singer-songwriter Ryan Wayne most often remembered as one of the two spark plugs that fired up the award-winning, much-loved Toronto band Warped 45s – having already released "Wherever You Land" he is set to release "Crow Amongst the Sparrows," the second single from his upcoming debut album of the same name. The single will be out January 16th on all major platforms.

A vaguely detailed story of a budding romance, "Crow Amongst the Sparrows," the title track of the upcoming album, lopes along as it describes an unhurried but undeniable attraction. The sonically treated guitar textures, relaxed pace, and lean-in-to-hear-it vocals all evoke the mysterious mood of the song. There's a woman waiting tables, blowing smoke, and shadows on her bed in Manhattan -- but not too much more to go on.

"'Crow Amongst the Sparrows' started as a peculiar dream featuring the ghost of Leonard Cohen and a faceless stranger, shifting whimsically between cities, timeframes, and perspectives. The finer details were mostly gone come morning, but the lyrical imagery for the song was born from the fragments of that dream, sprawled first in ink on a napkin, early morning in a coffee shop in Brampton, Ontario. It was all very stream-of-consciousness. The music and melody came later and tried to follow that same confused dreaminess."

Ryan Wayne is a Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He first came to recognition as a founding member and songwriter in the critically acclaimed, award-winning band, The Warped 45s (Pheromone Recordings).

In early 2022, after several years away from touring and recording, Ryan suffered two strokes. As part of the healing process, Ryan was drawn back to the music world and began the final production and mixing on a series of self-produced songs with Grammy-Award winning producer and mixing engineer, Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Patti Smith, Daniel Lanois), songs that will comprise the record, Crow Amongst the Sparrows, to be released in 2023.

Born and raised in the blue collar town of Oshawa, just east of Toronto, Ryan grew up surrounded by music. His father is a songwriting truck driver, and Ryan spent countless summer nights singing with aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and friends at the family cabin in the Madawaska Valley.

During his musical career, Ryan has had the opportunity to tour the globe, sharing the stage with artists such as The Drive By Truckers, The Skydiggers, Elliott Brood, Deer Tick, The Once, and Justin Rutledge. Ryan has also recorded with many artists including playing mandolin on “Road Regrets” off Dan Mangan’s seminal record, Nice, Nice, Very Nice.

Photo Credit: Brent Orr Photography.


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