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. Whether performed solo or with accompaniment, his songs are captivating, engaging, and thoughtful.
Orr's recent release New Imperials (2022) incorporates elements of indie-folk, Americana, alt-rock, and balladeer song crafting. With heartfelt, intelligent lyrics and catchy, soulful melodies, New Imperials is an album that has the unique effect of taking the listener on an adventure. In early 2023, Orr will be back in the studio with 3-time Grammy nominated, Nashville-based producer/drummer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) to release a follow-up project.
"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)
"Orr is undoubtedly an artist worth paying attention to"
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 Victorian Hotel - San Francisco, CA; Borderlands Brewing Company - Tucson, AZ; Kulturpalast - Hannover, Germany; Tucson Folk Festival - Tucson, AZ; Spielbudenplatz - Hamburg, Germany; Tempe Center for the Arts - Tempe, AZ; KNAU Radio - Flagstaff, AZ