"Rylo is to blues as The Pogues are to traditional Irish music." and "band members throw themselves into their music!" The Virginian Pilot wrote in their reviews of Drnt Music... the all original full length debut by Norfolk band RYLO. One of the many positive reviews, along with the Natchel` Blues Network blues news saying "remarkably well crafted songs" and "fiery harp playing and amphetamine fueled blues and rockabilly". Rylo was born of a few friends in southeast Virginia who shared a deep love for American roots music with a collective sigh for the cliches responsible for the genre's dying interest.
Rylo was formed in 2002. Yards from the docks of the Elizibeth River. After months of woodshedding, uncountable cases of beer, handles of cheap bourbon, and one can of peach snuff, RYLO took Norfolk by storm. At their first show, the bar ran out of beer and the Fire Marshalls doubled back. The buzz was out.
Two years later, the band released their long awaited CD "Drnt Music" and are still bringing by far some of the largest local crowds in Hampton Roads. Over this period, Rylo has shared the stage with The Rev. Horton Heat, Lee Rocker, The Drive By Truckers, Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, The Blasters, Derek Trucks band and Mid Atlantic blues legends, The Nighthawks and The Shambles. Their wildly entertaining, sweat drenched shows make them the first call for promoters looking to round out a roots bill.
Unlike most other bands in this genre, RYLO relies heavily on writing original music rather than doing blues covers and other standards. "We pay homage to the root of our pulse and influence, yet personalize the songs true to our own experiences."
Automaitc Oil , the band's newest release, cuts ya wide open with non stop doses of powerful songwriting and a heap of dirty blues to soak up the wounds ! You'll hear a little bit of north, south, east, and west coast in this tasty delight that any blues, rockabilly, rock `n roller, or honkey tonker will be sure to enjoy !
Drnt music is the only way to describe what it is these boys put out. Whether it be the dirtiest gutter blues, or the up-tempo jump swing, there is no doubt that in the most critical of rooms....Rylo will win em' over with their charm, guts, and flat out tenacity of four people who believe deeply in their music.