"Intimate vocals, hypnotic song structures, lush instrumentation and some modern production make his music stand out from other songwriters"
In the words of the Monterey County Weekly, "Orr's weathered voice is a cross between Peter Gabriel and Eddie Vedder". Blending his many musical influences, from folk to hip-hop, jazz to rock 'n' roll, classical to alt-country, Orr's style of song crafting is at once original and authentic, unique in the modern musical landscape.
The son of a folk singer-songwriter and a painter/photographer, Orr was inspired from a young age to perform and create. He released his debut album, Bagdaddio, in 2003 and has since released 7 more solo albums, including his latest , Kaden Hollow. In addition to music, Ryan has a degree in Film and Media Studies from Arizona State University, and actively engages in the art of film and photography. Many of the music videos that have been released for his songs were written, directed, and/or filmed by Orr.
"Great, distinctive voice...worthy of top marks"
-Stuart Epps, producer (Oasis, Elton John, Led Zeppelin)
"Tender, powerful songwriting...."
-John Popper, Blues Traveler
"Ryan David Orr has a warm, beautiful voice with which he intimates feelings
of sorrow or joy..."
-Rootstime Magazine (Belgium)
"...a force to be reckoned with in this music world"
"Ryan David Orr is a lyricist of the highest order"
-ComeHereFloyd (music blog)
Some past performance venues:
The Bitter End - NY, NY; The Pig n' Whistle - Hollywood, CA; Seamonster Lounge - Seattle, WA; CBGB's - NY, NY; Alberta Street Public House - Portland, OR; Antique Archaeology - Nashville, TN; LiveWire - Scottsdale, AZ; Mesa Arts Center SPARK! Festival - Mesa, AZ; Pianos - NY, NY; The Grey Eagle - Black Mountain, NC; Oberon's Tavern - Ashland, OR; WDVX Blue Plate Special - Knoxville, TN; Mesa Music Festival - Mesa, AZ; KPIG Radio - Santa Cruz, CA; High Mountain Music Festival - Pinetop, AZ; First Night Monterey Festival - Monterey, CA; The Red Door Hotel - San Francisco, CA; Borderlands Brewing Company - Tucson, AZ; Kulturpalast - Hannover, Germany; Tucson Folk Festival - Tucson, AZ; Spielbudenplatz - Hamburg, Germany