A middle American ethos and two-lane highways indicative of Andrew Ryan’s Missouri hometown and life on the road as a touring musician pervades his songwriting. Ryan says, “I only write about things I know or have experienced. I would feel false if I wrote about something I haven’t experienced as a songwriter.”
There’s a movement in Ryan’s music, giving the impression of simultaneously moving forward while self-reflectively looking back. This could be attributed to an aggressive touring schedule before the pandemic. Ryan spent most of 2019 touring the country playing the songs of his upcoming album, A Tiny Death, in front of audiences for about ten months. He’s mostly toured solo or as a duo over the past few years. The solitude or near solitude lends itself to deep reflection.