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Ryan Montbleau Band

Why T&S Likes them » Yes! They’re a bunch of talented local homeboys. Your first guess at Ryan Montbleau might be another Dave Mathews rip-off. After all, they both have the same band name structure (“The Name-of-Lead-Singer Band”) and some guy who plays some stringed instrument…violin…viola…something-or-other. But listen, and you’ll hear the difference.

Their sound is kind of folky with a dash of soul (a requirement by T&S standards), which is mostly attributed to Ryan’s honey-smooth vocals. We’ve provided some live tracks for you courtesy of the immensely rich Internet Archive.

The Official Word » “Emerging onto the national music scene from his home base of Boston, Ryan Montbleau has been described as something of a Martin Sexton by way of Van Morrison and Stevie Wonder. Yet Ryan Montbleau Band’s music is difficult to pigeon-hole or neatly categorize. It is original yet familiar—a fresh sound full of firmly-rooted ingredients, including Americana, folk, blues, ragtime and 70s R&B and soul. Whereas the band’s intriguing instrumentation and arrangements (not to mention top notch chops) help to create this unique sound, all is firmly anchored by Montbleau’s water-tight lyrics and unmistakable voice.”

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