Ryan Young is a man on a mission: restoring rock and roll. At the ripe old age of 21, Sheffield’s next Joe Cocker has been across the country playing solo shows, has toured Europe and is now in the midst of recording his debut album, ‘Troubadour’.
“It’s 14 songs of fashionable rock and roll” with a country twang, and Ryan counts The Black Keys, Johnny Cash and Jake Bugg as his key influences for the album and on stage. An avid daydreamer, his lyrics are his version of scenarios he imagines himself to be in: “I’ll just sit and watch and draw from what other people are doing, so sometimes I’d fantasize about a dream woman in my life who’s maybe dark and my kind of girl, but I’ve just not met her yet… I just know she’s there.”
Expect “only one soppy song” on the album though; think more sultry and serious, poetic and reflective, but Alex Turner style not Ed Sheeran. Ryan’s best known on the Sheffield scene as an acoustic solo performer, but believes working with a backing band has “really developed me as a new artist” and fine-tuned his already well-tuned talent for lyricism and playing the guitar.
Following the album’s release in June, the raspy voiced charmer will be playing a number of gigs in York and Sheffield, and at The Riverside for Tramlines.
In the meantime, you can get a sneak peak of the album here.