Molly Ruth, Kelley Swindall, Ryan Luce
Kelley Swindall (pronounced swindle) was born and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where she grew up listening to the music of Kris Kristofferson, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash on the way to church every Sunday morning, because that's what her Daddy listened to. The rest of the week she listened to the Atlanta classic oldies station, because thats what her ride to school listened to. When she was old enough to drive herself , she added Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, and Dylan to the mix. .
Drawing from her Southern roots & background, her style is her blend of soulful & bluesy folk n roll coupled with a witty, gritty, old school country sensibility, inspired by the outlaw tradition, and deeply rooted in story songs and talking blues, driven by strong female characters who tell it like it is and don't take shit. You can find her playing solo out on the road, as well as around NYC, where she's opened for the likes of David Allen Coe, Jesse Malin, Tommy Stinson, Joseph Arthur, and Alan Merril. Her debut record will be out this year on Velvet Elk Records.
Hustlers, gamblers, runaways. These are the people Ryan Luce writes about. The ones on the wrong side of the law, the shooting stars that don't conform to modern society. Ryan's fascination with these characters began growing up in Buffalo, NY and the local diner where his father would warn him about the men and women sitting at the lunch counter, "he would always say you don't want to sit at the counter that's where the truckers and the transients sit and it fascinated me even more. As I grew up and my songwriting expanded I thought about people I would see at that diner and write a story about how they ended up there or where they're going." Whether it's a song about 2 dreamers looking to the west (California Gold) or a father searching for his lost son (Faded Memory) these people have stopped by Ryan's diner to have a cup of coffee before moving on.
Ryan moved to Brooklyn 4 years ago and leaving home for the first time inspired some of the songs he currently performs. "As my dad left after a visit I just started to write and out of that came "Hometown Anthem" a song that is my love letter to Buffalo and to anyone who visits where they grew up. Ryan has had to navigate the vastness of the city's music scene and it can be overwhelming but he believes in the power a song can have to cut through it all, "if you can tell a mini movie in 3 minutes and connect the audience with your character or feeling then I think you have done your job and you should be satisfied with yourself."