Ryan Michael Galloway | Also Known As

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Also Known As

by Ryan Michael Galloway

Seventies "hits" you never got to hear--rock and country-rock.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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1. Heartbeat
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2. Promise Me
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3. River O' Runnin'
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4. Take Back the Night
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5. This Table
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6. Give Sorrow Words
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7. Man on the Moon
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8. Knock the Ball (outta the park)
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9. Tradewinds
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10. Eyes Wide
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11. Been Here Before
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12. No Other One
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Imagine that 70s band America was back together (all three of them) and at the top of their game. They might sound like this. Especially if they had James Taylor, Justin Hayward, members of CSN&Y, the Eagles, Boston, and REO sitting in--perhaps even a short visit from Mahavishnu John McLaughlin.

Ryan Michael Galloway is about synergizing these sounds into a collection of music all his own. The mixture of styles keeps "Also Known As" from being a boring CD, but the transitions are smooth and intriguing. From the duo guitar plus mandolin work in "Give Sorrow Words"--layered with harmonies ala CSN/Eagles/America--to the complex rock-suite and space chatter of "Man on the Moon," this CD takes you on a journey. The retro aspect of the music makes it instantly accessible, but Mr. Galloway and his producers have brought the sound forward, smoothing the edges and updating it for more mature tastes.

Mr. Galloway is an excellent guitarist, and evidence of this shines through on songs like "Promise Me" (electric) and "No Other One" (acoustic). Edgy leads punctuate the more electric songs throughout, and lighting-fast double-picking on the aforementioned "No Other One" surprises the listener and adds energy to a weighty texture. Still, he can hold back and smolder with quiet acoustic work and crying electric sounds on songs like "River O' Runnin'."

The CD runs the gamut from slow love songs to a stadium anthem. It's a mood enhancer--listeners feel just a bit more energetic when it's done than when they put it on.

Since the initial release of "Also Known As Ryan Michael Galloway" in late 2003, the artist has performed extensively gaining friends and fans along the way. The CD found homes in a wide variety of restaurants, ball parks, and other public venues, and a small cult-following appeared in North Texas. The CD has sold through the Internet in such far away places as Sweden and Belgium, and has even shown up in the Philippines, Austrailia, and the UK. He appeared often at Dr. Pepper/7-up Ball Park in Frisco, Texas; Dunn Bros. Coffee in Addision, Texas; Coffee Dreams in Allen, Texas; and the famous Gilley's (Dallas).

Just "google" the the artist's name and you'll find dozens of hits containing reviews, downloadable song links, and photographs.

"There are plenty of 'she loves me, she left me, she done me wrong' songs in the collection," quips Galloway. "But there are a lot of songs that reach people with aging parents, growing kids, and mortgages."

The "adult" oriented songs don't beat you over the head with the message, but subtly address the emotional longings and fears we all experience when we get a few miles behind us.

Fellow musicians and producers Ron Logan and Jimmy Clark assisted Mr. Galloway in creating a richly layered and engaging CD, with nary a clunker among the 12 tracks. Without constructing an out-and-out copy sound, the team succeeded in adding "Eagles-style" harmonies and guitar-playing that would make Joe Walsh proud.

Over his career, Mr. Galloway has written and arranged hundreds of songs. In the 70s numerous New York music companies carried his material in their catalogs, including such organizations as Columbia/Screen Gems Music, Sunbury/Dunbar (RCA), and Extra Money Music.

Mr. Galloway released a single in the mid-80s with Promise, a vocal trio. He toured the east coast in the 70s with the five-man vocal group, Primadonna.


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MaryJean

Takes you back to a great time and place!!
The music is sweet...close your eyes and you're immediately transformed back to a time of rich memories. Sit back, relax and listen. It's worth the trip!

Joe

Great blend of easy-listening and rock
Man on the Moon brings back those great memories of sitting in my beanbag chair, with my headphones on, listening closely to every word, so I could sing along with the artist. This CD reminds me of the earlier James Taylor classics.

Monica

This CD is a HIT !!!!!!
I love the CD. It's a blast from the past and something I would never get tired of listing too. #3 on the CD will surely be a hit soundtrack for a movie someday. Awesome work.

Scott Atkins

Excellent, entertaining, unique
This is a very entertaining CD with a collection of unique songs that make you want to play them over and over again. Most are songs that you want to sing along with after you learn the words. Galloway has a sound that is not totally rock while not exactly country. A distinctive sound not commonly heard. The baseball song is bound to become famous.

C. Aaron Moore

Proof that good musicianship and style never die.
The wonderful thing about independent music releases is that, by and large, they usually showcase the music of genres that been overshadowed by over-marketed pop that has no substance. Also Known As qualifies as a rare gem in this regard, because it showcases a style of music still revered by many, but having few public champions to still keep recording in the classic/album/country rock eras.

Like his many influences such as James Taylor, Ryan has managed to take songs like River of Runnin' or No Other One and show dynamic and gentle range, while still being able to cut loose with Knock The Ball Outta The Park. Among these that is the best lyrically and musically is the memorable Been Here Before, my personal favorite on the album.

If independence can truly equal individual unique sprituality, then this album is an example of how it would sound in one way or another.

Linda

Toe-Tapping Easy Listening
Great easy listening, toe-tapping sound for the 30+ generation. I listened to the CD all the way through and by the second time I was singing along.

Steve - Florida

One of those hidden gems!
Ever spend an afternooon at the store with headphones on listening to music you don't hear on the radio? Every once in a while you find a hidden gem that you just love. This CD is one of those. Great style and good lyrics with an old school feel. Reminds me of the good old days when life was easy. Buy it, relax and enjoy !!

Collette

Fun!
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this CD. The vocals were great, and the music was upbeat, entertaining, and full of talent. Sure to become one of my favorites!

M. Tyson

A smorgasbord of enjoyment- supremely entertaining!!
With the deep, heartfelt emotion of Give Sorrow Words showcased in the same CD as the fun and upbeat Knock the Ball Outta the Park, this CD has it all! It's really difficult to choose a favorite from the plethora of enjoyable tunes in this wonderfully written and performed ensemble. However- if I had to choose just one, I'd choose four: Heartbeat, Give Sorrow Words, Eyes Wide and Been Here Before. RMG has a major winner with this one! You will inevitably listen to this CD over and over again- trust me!

Friscso Enterprise, Corina Miller, Staff Writer

Frisco musician combines old with new
Excerpt (see www.ryanrocks.com for full review)

...A myriad of sounds from Boston-inspired guitar rifts, to exotic mandolins, to dark, rich strings, to country swing and to a carousing sports chant, Galloway’s CD is a musical tribute to some of life’s most memorable moments: lost love, family gatherings, grief, work-related issues and even moments of fun.

The intention when creating "Also Known as Ryan Michael Galloway" was to tell the story of a life being lived. Not a teen-aged life full of angst and confusion, but a more complicated, mature one that anyone aged 30 or over lives...
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