Rick Ryman | Leg Man

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Leg Man

by Rick Ryman

Truckin', workin', lovin', hurtin'
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. I'm A Believer
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2. Leg Man
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3. We Said It All
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4. Hold On To Faith
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5. Workin' To Live
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6. A Look, A Touch
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7. Same Song And Dance
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8. Rainin' In November
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9. You're It
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10. Buddy And Pal
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11. Why I Wave The Flag
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Rick Ryman grew up in New Baltimore, OH, a small town along the Great Miami River, about 20 miles NW of Cincinnati. While small town life helped shape what he was to become, things didn’t really start to change until he joined the United States Air Force a year after graduating from high school in Harrison, OH. It was while in the military that Rick bought his first guitar and taught himself to play. Following the natural order of things, he soon started writing songs and dreaming about Nashville. After leaving the Air Force, he struggled to find work, landing jobs driving delivery trucks by day and playing the music he loved on nights and weekends. These jobs proved a struggle for the restless Rick. Knowing music was in his blood, he decided to try his hand at broadcasting. Soon he found himself interning for WBVE in Cincinnati/Hamilton setting up for remote broadcasts. This opened the door for him as he got a break at a small radio station, WRBI in Batesville, IN behind the microphone!. He started out as a weekend on air personality, but soon got another break when the evening DJ left the station and Rick moved into his slot. For the next 4 years, he worked in radio for such stations as WRIP in Versailes, IN; WKSW in Springfield, OH; “Kicks 96\" in Richmond, IN; and WPFB “The Rebel” in Middletown/Dayton, OH.

By now, Rick was making regular trips to Nashville. Here he could “test the waters” to see if he should further pursue his dream of performing country music. He soon had his answer when he was offered a job driving a truck in Music City! This brought him to Nashville where he could attend songwriter nights and meet others that shared his dream. After being in Nashville a mere 4 months he landed another job that enabled him to deliver to businesses in the prestigious Music Row area. While cruising the ‘Row, he met Rich Adler, Grammy Award winning engineer/producer of Sound Wave Recordings ( his discography has many highlights including: Marty Stuart, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, John Prine, Bela Fleck, etc). Adler helped Rick put together a CD he could show off. He was also introduced to Ross Allen owner and manager of Hillcrest Music, a country music promoter for the European market. Allen himself was named “2006 Country Promoter of the Year” by the ECMA. In Sept. of 2006 they released a single titled “Workin’ to Live” that was quite well received by the European public, being the second most played song in all of Europe when it debuted at #79! As if this wasn’t phenomenal enough, it went as high as #8 on the European Country Music Association chart and scored #1\'s in Austria, Germany and Ireland! It went to #2 in the UK and was a Top Ten hit in 6 other countries In fact, it stayed on the ECMA chart for 18 weeks, not bad for a debut artist! Another single, “Leg Man” was #44 on George Backer’s Dutch radio show countdown of 2006!

They released another single at the beginning of 2007 called “Hold on to Faith”. This one climbed to #17 on the European charts, and scored Rick a #1 in Germany, and Top 10 in 5 other countries! It was this CD that got him noticed by Alexandria Altman, a.k.a. “Miss Hollywood” of Altman Media in Hendersonville, TN. She liked what she heard so much that she became his manager in January of 2007. Alexandria is no stranger to the business either! She is the author of 4 books, with a background that includes acting, modeling, TV writing and production. As if this wasn’t enough, she is also Manager of Platinum Recording Artist, Chubby “The Twist” Checker! Not one to sit around, she quickly introduced Rick to Randy Hiebert, lead guitarist and producer of the legendary Bellamy Brothers. Randy (who has also worked with such greats as Eddie Raven, Jo-el Sonnier and Buck Owens) immediately wanted to get Rick into the studio to re-record his songs so as to bring out the true, and now nicely tuned, quality of his voice. Alexandria also teamed up with David Haisten, of Haisten Merchant Services in Los Angeles, who became Rick’s Co-Manager. David is the owner of Windgate Records, and is currently producing legendary group Confederate Railroad’s (“Trashy Women” “Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind”, “Jesus and Mama”) latest CD! Not a bad support team, agreed??!!

Together they hope to spread Rick’s talents coast to coast....and beyond! One need only listen to his music to see what they have already discovered, Rick Ryman deserves to be heard! Rick writes from experience, the stuff that makes up good, honest country music! Songs about truck driving, working for the man, and living life. Thus the reason for the title: “Truckin’, Workin’, Lovin’ and Hurtin’” He’s done more than write about this life, he’s lived it! Let his voice bend with heartache one minute and lighten your heart the next with his own unique sense of humor.....listen in and see what the European audiences already know...... Rick Ryman is the real deal!


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NICHOLAS J C LONG

GREAT COUNTRY!!
Fab` new country cd from Rick-This guy sounds great!!..all tracks are very good- some fantastic foot tapping stuff with tight instrumentation..,..Love the country re-vamped opener version of the classic Monkees hit I`m A Believer-Neil should be proud of this re-working !!.....best of luck with your music career Rick-you would be top of the shop for me !........Nick Long......Long Time Country music lover/buyer-Southampton England-UK

Kjell Horlin

Great country album
This album have been played over and over the last weeks and it's brave to open a country album with a cover of The Monkees 'I'm A believer' and it works out real well and Rick Ryman turns this pop song into country!
Then it goes on...slower tunes and uptempo performed with the same great country feel.
It's hard to pick favorite tracks here cause it's filled with very good songs here.
'We Said It All', 'Rainin' In November', 'You're It', Why I Wave The Flag' and of course 'I'm A Believer' and the title track 'Leg Man'.
Give Rick a try, lay your hands on this album before it's too late.
As a radio DJ I find Rick's music very radio friendly and I'm sure we'll hear more from this artist in the near future.

Kjell Horlin, MCWC Country Radio Sweden
www.mcwc-radio.com

Rod Bradey

Straight Up Country
Rick has provied a Great Country Album for lovers of both Traditional and Modern Country Music filled with Fiddle filled Toe Tapping tunes and Heart felt ballads and a little bit of humor thrown in for good measure on the title track of the Leg Man.
The album is very well produced, great instumentation and topped of with the Traditional vocals of Rick Ryman.
As a Country music DJ I have found this album to be very Radio friendly reciving a great reponse from the listeners.
Rod Brady
Stone cold country
Yarra Valley FM 99.1
Australia

Chris & the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Impressive Country Debut
“Leg Man” is the impressive debut from Tennessee country musician Rick Ryman. Ryman sings true-to-life songs with a great country vocal reminiscent of Dwight Yokum. The arrangements are in the traditional country style, filled with slide and acoustic guitar, violin, banjo, thumping bass lines, and toe-tapping drum beats. Ryman is a great storyteller, and he weaves stories into his work both sad and humorous as he sings about being a trucker, faith, working, and women. “Leg Man” is well-produced, sounds professional and is radio-friendly. The title track, “Leg Man,” has nice slide guitar and drum work, a catchy chorus, and humorous lyrics about trucking and checking out women. “You’re It” is an upbeat track with a violin, drum, bass, and banjo arrangement, great lyrics of childhood and growing up, and a heartfelt chorus. “Leg Man” is truly a triumphant debut for Rick Ryman. Its solid arrangements, true-to-life lyrics, great vocals and styling is impressive and ready for the mainstream. Fans of traditional country should definitely look into Ryman.

NICHOLAS J C LONG

Fab` Country-Great Singer
This is the 2nd time I have left a review for this fantastic country album & singer Rick Ryman, the 1st review was not listed ?....anyway here goes again.....got cd last week from cd baby and what a album.....all 100% tracks with great instrumentation along wth rick`s great style country voice....great re-working of "I`m a beleiver"....Neil should be proud of this version......The album and singer gets my vote, best country album i have bought this year, and I`ve bought quite a few......keep the good work up Rick....from Nick- country music collector-southampton-England-uk

RadioIndy.com

Congratulations on GrIndie Award
“Leg Man” is the impressive debut from Tennessee country musician Rick Ryman. Ryman sings true-to-life songs with a great country vocal reminiscent of Dwight Yokum. The arrangements are in the traditional country style, filled with slide and acoustic guitar, violin, banjo, thumping bass lines, and toe-tapping drum beats. Ryman is a great storyteller, and he weaves stories into his work both sad and humorous as he sings about being a trucker, faith, working, and women. “Leg Man” is well-produced, sounds professional and is radio-friendly. The title track, “Leg Man,” has nice slide guitar and drum work, a catchy chorus, and humorous lyrics about trucking and checking out women. “You’re It” is an upbeat track with a violin, drum, bass, and banjo arrangement, great lyrics of childhood and growing up, and a heartfelt chorus. “Leg Man” is truly a triumphant debut for Rick Ryman. Its solid arrangements, true-to-life lyrics, great vocals and styling is impressive and ready for the mainstream. Fans of traditional country should definitely look into Ryman.