Since 2004 Ryan Humbert has been wowing audiences all over N.E. Ohio. Playing over 300 shows Humbert has opened for Chrissie Hynde, Elvis Costello, The Gin Blossoms, Foreigner, Josh Ritter, Dave Mason, Allen Toussaint, Alana Davis, Raul Malo, The Subdudes, Maia Sharp and John Eddie and more.
Showing his versatility and range as an artist, Humbert has had the honor of playing for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2006American Music Masters Series in honor of Roy Orbison, being the featured band at the ribbon cutting ceremony of VegiTerrenean (the Akron restaurant of Pretenders lead singer Chrisse Hynde) and portraying Hank Williams in a sold-out five-night run of the Canton Cabaret's Hank Williams: The Concert That Never Was.
The masses have also taken notice. In 2005 The Canton Repository called Humbert's debut record "Nothing to Lose" one of the Essential CDs of the year. Humbert has also been nominated for numerous awards, including The Cleveland Scene Music Awards, Cleveland Free Times Music Awards, and The Akron Area Arts Alliance Rising Star Award. The Cleveland Free Times claimed “Humbert is a dynamo...eager and rapid-fire...a catalyst for and enthusiastic supporter of the N.E. Ohio music scene.”
Now Humbert has embarking on his most ambitious move yet. Humbert moved to Nashville, TN in March of 2008 to record a pop/rock record with producer Lij (The Living Things, Glenn Tilbrook, Bonnaroo). The album was mixed by Grammy-Award-Winner Jamie Tate (Taylor Swift, Jack Ingram, Beck, Alan Jackson) and mastered by Hank Williams at Mastermix (George Strait, Jimmy Buffett, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucinda Williams, Etta James)
The resulting 14-song album,"Old Souls, New Shoes", features Humbert's bandmates Emily Bates and Ben Evans as well as former members of Third Eye Blind, The Jayhawks, The Counting Crows, The Black Crowes and more. The album showcases Humbert's unique vocals and hook-filled songwriting and surrounds it with top-notch production and talent.
Of the new CD, 91.3 The Summit WAPS-FM Music and Program Director Bill Gruber says: "(The song) Keeps Me Coming Back For More will make Rob Thomas jealous and may just be the best power-pop ballad I've heard from anybody all year."