The Ryan Montbleau Band
Vermont's Burlington Free Press says the Ryan Montbleau Band is "difficult to describe, tough to resist." They make catchy folk-pop with lyrics made for singing along. But what really sets them apart is instrumental artistry that adds deeper jazz and funk layers to the sound. "With a finger-picking style that has been compared to Leo Kottke and Ani DiFranco, soul-folk songwriting skills in the tradition of Martin Sexton, and a singing voice constantly compared to Stevie Wonder, there is clearly an abundance of talent here," the Green Mountain College Journal says of former coffeehouse folkster Montbleau. And this may be a Northeastern band, but there's a zydeco layer in their music too! Ryan's latest album, "For Higher," was recorded with a great lineup of New Orleans musicians (call it getting in touch with your inner Acadian), and it contains a great cover of Eddie Hinton's "Yeah Man." Listen and enjoy! The opener tonight is Ark favorite Erin McKeown, whose songwriting has taken a strongly political turn lately.