Ryan Fitzsimmons | Open All Night

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Open All Night

by Ryan Fitzsimmons

Drawing from a wide range of influences, from Peter Mulvey to Richard Thompson to Johnny Cash, Fitzsimmons paints moving, moody portraits buoyed by exciting and intelligent guitar arrangements
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Destiny
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2. Write It Down
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3. LoFi
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4. Open All Night
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5. Mirror Calm Water
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6. Idle Hands
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7. Empty Glass
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8. Tell
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9. Rain Words
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10. Not Just Another
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11. Sad, Sad, Sad, Sad (And Faraway From Home) (peter mulvey)
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12. Streetlights (Beginning to Understand)
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Album Notes
A relative newcomer to Providence, RI, Ryan Fitzsimmons was recently nominated for Best Folk Act in the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll for 2004. Ryan is simply the kind of musician who impresses immediately.

Originally from central New York, Ryan Fitzsimmons' first exposure to music was sitting on the stairs in his parent's house as a child, listening to his older brother Todd practice blues licks along to Muddy Waters albums. He fell in love with the sound, and playing guitar became simply what he had to do. Ryan first gained attention at age 14 playing lead guitar in an alternative rock band called Anodyne which was nominated for a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY). But after performing in a number of electric bands, Ryan decided to give up the amplifiers to see what he could do with just wood and steel and voice. What he discovered in performing solo with an acoustic guitar was an intimacy and nuance he found instantly inspiring.

Bringing to the fold his years of electric guitar playing and using innovative alternate tunings, Ryan Fitzsimmons' acoustic world runs the emotional gambit. The lyrics of Ryan's songs range from gentle, poetic details to the in-your-face realism of a bar fight, and his guitar ranges just as far, from starry night to thunderclap.

Over the last 5 years, Ryan has quietly been establishing a reputation as one of the most original and promising young songwriters on the scene today. Playing shows from Montana to New England (including venues such as Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY; Johnny D's in Somerville, MA; and the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA) Ryan has been engaging audiences with his distinctive songwriting and dynamic performances. Along the way, Ryan has shared the stage with performers Jesse Winchester, Peter Mulvey, Brooks Williams, Vance Gilbert, Jeff Lang, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, and Railroad Earth, among others.

Ryan's first CD, Open All Night, is the long-awaited companion to his live show. The album is a statement of Ryan's history, and in it Ryan takes all the diners, gas stations, smoky bars, and side streets that he's come across and extracts the human element, drawing the listener in with the questions and emotions that these places resonate. The album also features collaborations with many of Ryan's friends, including a subtle give-and-take with Peter Mulvey on the song "Write it Down". Delivered with Ryan's inspired guitar playing and dynamic presentation, Open All Night proves what has been exciting audiences at Ryan's live performances for years.


"I don't know what I was teaching him for, he could probably teach me a thing or two."
Vance Gilbert - singer-songwriter (during a live performanc in 2000)

"I dug his deal, he gets better every time I see him."
Peter Mulvey - singer-songwriter

"With a flair for the dramatic and the ability to turn power-chords into melody lines, RYAN FITZSIMMONS has long been a stand-out performer on the Syracuse acoustic scene. His continuing growth as a writer of songs rich in imagery and emotion gives Syracuseans even more right to be proud of him. With an increasingly busy tour schedule of regional gigs (he recently made a big splash opening for Peter Mulvey at the legendary Café Lena in Saratoga Springs), Ryan is poised to bust out of the local scene and make his mark as one of the northeast's most exciting new folk musicians."
Joe Cleveland - Music Director, Folkus Project, Syracuse NY

"Ryan Fitzsimmons is a local singer-songwriter grinding out solo acoustic performances in Central NY on a regular basis. Formerly with the band Anodyne, Ryan has shed his electric skin and crafted a full, earthy acoustic whiplash. Ryan's rhythmic strumming and impassioned vocals can go from tranquil to completely possessed in about a second. So make sure you don't blink during one of his plainly honest and crackling performances."
Tom Barron - writer for The Revolving Door, Syracuse NY

"Ryan is clearly more comfortable expressing himself through the music, and it seems he has a lot to say. Every one the songs played were filled with passion and emotion. Ryan Fitzsimmons is a performer that every self-respecting Syracusean should make the effort to check out."
Michael Haight - CNYMusicAndArt.com (no longer online)

"I enjoy Ryan Fitzsimmons - he has a place he goes when he plays that makes it easy to see that he LOVES playing. His music is energetic and dynamic...it's inspiring to me."
Dion Labatos - session player and leader of Syracuse based band Peep, in an interview with CNYMusicAndArt.com (no longer online)


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Tammy Belanger

Ryan Fitzsimmons is a young-talented musician/singer/songwriter! This kid's going places and will have the Belanger Family cheering him all the way to the top!


Brilliant artist and album
Saw Ryan in Syracuse at his CD release concert and bought the album. He is an inspired, extraordinarily talented artist. Buy the album; you will not be disappointed!


Great Album!
Ryan Fitzsimmons is a very talented artist, and I feel lucky to have seen him live! His debut album is amazing, and I know that his music will only get better as he progresses!


Wonderful debut...so when's his next ablum due?
On his debut album "Open All Night," Ryan Fitzsimmons delivers eleven original songs featuring intelligent lyrics, melodies with great hooks, and performance styles running the gamut from rock-influenced pop to sweet ballad--and does all of it well! The one cover, "Sad, Sad, Sad, Sad (and Faraway From Home)" from Peter Mulvey's 2004 album "Kitchen Radio," includes stellar fiddle work by Rob Lauzon (the Joel Ackerson Band); several tracks feature Sean Grimes (City by Sea) on bass--plus the other artists mentioned in the writeup above--all of which makes for a terrific listening experience. My favorites so far are the title track, the cover, and "Mirror Calm Water."

Buy this album--you won't regret it!

Anne Marie Levesque

Fantastic, Soulful Artist, Skilled Musician, Poetic Genius, Rising Star
A must buy! Touching, reaching, soulful, musician, song writer and singer. Can't miss with this CD! ;- ) @-->---


The next best thing to seeing Ryan live is this CD
Ryan's amazing talent comes through crystal clear in this great CD. He paints vivid pictures and tells amazing stories in every song. This CD has it all. Love stories, robberies, deep thought and the human element all rolled into one.

Rick Warner

Open All Night long awaited
This is the debut album for Ryan Fitzsimmons. It has been years in the making, and the effort put into it is shown by the outstanding quality. The intriguing lyrics blend perfectly with the unique melodies. My favorite track is Idle Hands, with the title track, Open All Night, making a close second.