Memphis native Ryan Peel melds modern pop sensibilities with an old-school soul sound. His original compositions are embedded with vocal stylings worthy of Al Green’s greatest hits, and his drumming skills are evocative of the circa-1960s Stax studio technique made famous by the legendary Al Jackson, Jr.
Yet at 24, Peel is no mere revivalist – his songs are punctuated by a modern, urban slant that plays on hip-hop and southern rap. A riveting bandleader, Ryan holds down both percussion and vocal duties, relying on guitarist Alex Kramer, bassist David Parks and keyboardist Claude Hinds III to round out his group. Ryan has also lent a hand on dozens sessions, cutting music for the award-winning documentary film I Am A Man and the MTV series $5 Cover, and held down the drummer’s seat for a plethora of local artists, including rapper Al Kapone (Hustle and Flow). The experience has shaped his artistic vision of himself and his sound.
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