(Press Release) On May 6, Nashville's Ryan Beaver will release his anticipated new album Rx. This week, NPR Music premiered the album's closing track "If I Had A Horse" and CMT has premiered the video for his single, "Dark."
Writing in NPR Music, Jewly Hight said "'Horse concludes Beaver's new album RX, with stark, demo-like vulnerability… The remainder of the dozen tracks perform similarly visceral emotional work, albeit with a livelier combination of Music Row proficiency, singer-songwriter/ roots-rock earthiness and digital punch.
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Today, CMT premiered the video for "Dark." Watch here: http://www.cmt.com/videos/ryan-beaver/1346357/dark.jhtml
Rx, which Beaver co-produced with longtime compadres Jeremy Spillman and Ryan Tyndell (both of whom have worked with Eric Church, Nikki Lane, and Little Big Town), makes it abundantly clear why Ryan Beaver has already been widely acclaimed as an artist to watch.
"Dark" became the imputus for the writing and recording of the album, and stemmed from a challenging time in his life when he lost his grandfather, a close friend, a subsequently a relationship in a short period of time.
"Writing 'Dark' really shook me, and really woke me up," he says. "I think I needed to hear those words more than anybody, and I realized that if I felt that way, maybe others would. I got super excited, and I thought, 'OK, I think I'm onto something here, this is a path that I want to take.'
"Singing 'I ain't afraid of the dark' is as simple as it gets, and anybody can understand what it means. That's me trying to be an adult and trying to figure out how to deal with the real world. It's really simple, but getting yourself to the point where you're able to express things that simply is a challenge, and it something I aspire to. That's what Hank Williams did, and it's what Tom Petty does: express these complicated emotions in everyday language that everyone can understand. That's my goal."
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