A familiar face will be returning to Hurricane Harry’s on September 16, country artist Mike Ryan. College Station will be the fourth stop on Ryan’s tour, in which he will visit many other Texas cities as well as a stop in Oklahoma and Kansas.
Mike Ryan grew up in San Antonio and was surrounded by music from a young age. His grandfather directed the Texas National Guard Band for over 20 years and was, according to Ryan’s website, the first person to teach him about “the relationship between love and music.” His father and uncles also have a passion for music, filling Mike’s childhood with memories of blue grass and the performing arts.
Ryan was a member of his middle and high school choirs in San Antonio before choosing to attend the University of North Texas, where he was exposed to a whole different musical community than what he grew up around. This was instrumental in his development as an artist and propelled him to take what he was learning and combine it with what he grew up listening to.
In 2012, Ryan released his first full-length album titled “Night Comes Falling.” The album featured eleven songs he wrote, and was released two years after his EP debuted in 2010. He now travels to Nashville for writing sessions for new music. In August of 2014, he released “Bad Reputation,” a second full-length album that showcases ten songs that he either wrote or co-wrote.
Opening for Ryan is former Texas A&M student Austin Meade, another aspiring and talented artist. Meade was once a drummer who began writing his own music while attending Texas A&M. He has released two EP’s, one of which was released this year, as well as a full-length album back in 2014 titled “Chief of Sinners.”
Meade refers to his own music as a mixture between Blues and Americana and has shared the stage with big names in Texas Country such as Whisky Myers, Roger Creager, and William Clark Green.
Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online through Harry’s website.