In this current era, it seems so difficult to stumble across a singer/songwriter who intrinsically marries composition with lyrical depth. At almost 32 years of age, Ryan Beaver has discovered a way to pair country music with such lyrics and utilize it for his own career. In short, Beaver has mastered the art of musical poetry.
Once again, this phenomenal songwriter has taken us along his journey and constructed an album that one can enjoy from the first song to the last. Ryan has been traveling the West Coast for the past week and could not meet with me in person to discuss his new album. Instead, he was sweet enough to take time out of his tour to send me his responses to my interview. Beaver answered every question in a concise and genuine manner, and I could not help but share.
Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado I present Ryan Beaver…
Repertoire: Tell us about growing up in Emory. What is one of the most distinct memories you have of your hometown that led you to being the artist you are today?
Ryan Beaver: Emory is a small, quiet town in East Texas. There isn’t a lot to do for entertainment so we had to be creative with how we’d spend our time. I listened to a lot of records growing up with my family and it opened up my imagination to another world. I think my most distinct memories are hearing those records and them having such an impact on me. I just wanted to imitate those sounds and songs, so I started playing instruments and writing my own songs.
R: As you made your way from Emory to Nashville by way of Austin, did the various locations have any influence on your songwriting and performance style?
RB: Wherever I travel and live have a huge impact on me as a musician. That’s where I pull everything from, as if I am visiting a deep well of imagery and stories. My location is every bit of the reason I sound like I do.
R: Everyone in town is waiting with bated breath for the full release of your third album, Rx. What is the one word or phrase you would want listeners to use to describe this album?
RB: One word? “Meaningful.”
R: Which song on Rx resonates with you the most and why?
RB: Of course they all play important pieces to the puzzle, but I think Rx sums up my feeling for the whole record, as well as my life at the time of making the album.
R: Which of your three albums changed your human and artistic perspective the most? How did/will you take that newfound perspective and apply it to your music?
RB: This album has changed me the most. I’ve come to terms with who I am and who I am not. I feel like before I was a boy with a dream and now I’m a man with a vision.
R: What’s your favorite venue or state to play/that you have played?
RB: My favorite venue to play would have to be Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas. It’s one of the oldest dance halls still operating these days and has live music 7 nights a week.
R: Who have you met in your time as a musician that you fan girl-ed over?
RB: I’ve met so many wonderful people but I try not to fan girl anyone. We’re all just people at the end of the day. However, if I had to pick one I’d say Chris Stapleton. He’s just so great and is receiving some well-deserved success at the moment.
R: What would you have done professionally had you not gone into music?
RB: I think I would have tried to run a venue or open a bar. I love music too much to be completely out of it.
R: What’s the craziest/most potentially illegal thing you’ve done on tour?
RB: Ha, I can’t speak on the illegal matters but having your trailer and equipment stolen in Dallas is a pretty memorable experience.
R: Which Quentin Tarantino film (or any film for that matter) would you watch on a constant loop if you had to?
RB: When it comes to Tarantino I would have to say Reservoir Dogs. As for any movie in general, I will always watch The Shawshank Redemption every time it’s on.
R: What is your must-have food and liquor of choice on tour?
RB: You can’t go wrong with Tito's Vodka while touring.
R: Where is your favorite local spot in Nashville to hang out when you are not touring? What about in Emory?
RB: I have a few places that I love to hang in Nashville. I love catching a Time Jumpers show on Monday nights at 3rd & Lindsley. I’ve probably seen them 15 or 20 times. Roberts Western World in downtown Nashville is always a fun hang too.
R: What’s your go-to word in the English dictionary, profane or otherwise?
RB: As a working musician you tend to use the word “yes” a lot and figure out how to make it happen later.