On Solitude Blues, Ryan Zimmerman is able to tell a dense and detailed story with little more than his guitar. There is a rough-hewn sound that imparts further realism to the track. Ryan’s vocals have that same dusty, experienced sound that will call forth comparisons to Chris Cornell and Waylon Jennings. Effortlessly moving through country and western, blues, and rock styles, Zimmerman is able to make his Solitude Blues into something that will stick around listeners’ brains long after the track ceases to play. The presence of a secondary set of vocals at opportune points further increases the depth of the composition.
The Reason is the first effort on Ryan Zimmerman’s new EP, Ephemeral as a Kiss. The track showcases a nice blend of styles, with hints of acts as broad as Soundgarden and John Mayer. The specific array of styles that listeners can pick up after their first listen to Zimmerman’s Ephemeral as a Kiss EP is pretty substantial. Beyond his own unique approach to things, it is the fact that Ryan can pull out a hint of Monster Magnet or Soul Asylum and make it worth with current audiences that showcases his own skill as a musician. While this first track is easily ready for a college rock station, there is an intensity to the instrumental side of thing (particularly the guitar solo at about the 2:40 mark) that will appease even the most jaded audiophile. Continue reading “Ryan Zimmerman – “Ephemeral as a Kiss” EP”