Singing and playing with a passion and sincerity influenced by the timeless musical heroes of his past, Ryan Townsend writes and performs acoustic driven original songs soaked in rock, soul, folk, & blues. Townsend has lived a life full of story telling and musicianship. He crafts tales with a vintage spirit told in a rhythmic, full-throated language.
Based amid the shores of the Hudson River in New York City’s back yard, the Ryan Townsend Band brings their music to a loyal, ever-growing fan base relentlessly rocking venues all across the North East. RTB's live show provides some added grit and funk, always bringing people to their feet and delivering a memorable pefromance.
Townsend has shared the stage with artists such as, Donna Jean Godchaeux (Grateful Dead), Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Russell Batiste (Funky Meters, Vida Blue), Questlove (the Roots), Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic), performing at venues from NYC’s Highline Ballroom and Brooklyn Bowl, to New Haven, CT’s historic Toad’s Place.
Debuting in 2007 with, The Strangest Tribe, Townsend first gained appreciation as an established songwriter when the song “High Street” got notice placing in the finals of the 2008 Billboard Songwriting contest. Townsend soon after took up the name The Strangest Tribe, performing in and around New York City both solo and with a revolving line up of musicians, including bassist Ryan Marks and drummer Seth Moutal who both appeared on Townsend's follow up 2008 release, Pieces, containing a handful of tracks that made their way into the Lions Gate feature film Living Will starring Jackass alumni Ryan Dunn and Bam Margera.
In 2009 Townsend helped establish the jam-rock outfit Fever Train, as the bands front man and primary songwriter. Collaborating again with bassist Ryan Marks, the band released two studio albums, including their full-length debut, Fever Train, and the follow up EP Tomorrow. They opened shows for national acts, as well as, headlined at clubs and festivals successfully straddling the line between the rock and jam scenes. Their music made it’s way onto regional radio stations, in addition to being featured on Versus television network.
In 2011, fresh off the coat tails of Fever Train's split, the Ryan Townsend Band returned with a brand new studio album entitled, Prelude. The album features bassist, Ryan Marks, drummer, Joe "Mamma" Carpentieri, and keyboardist, Yan Falmagne, who in addition to his performance, also recorded and mixed Prelude. With addtional consultation, and mastering by grammy award winning engineer Andrew Cardenas, Prelude, has become a true balance and blend of the Ryan Townsend Band's musical passage to date.
Most recently, Ryan Marks and Ryan Townsend have opened R&R Music School in Congers, NY specializing in music lessons and music production. The school provides instruction and eduction in a range of different areas. The pair also established R&R Live Music. A booking agency based around the live performances of Ryan and Ryan, both on guitar and vocals. R&R plays a wide variety of songs that span the decades between rock, pop, blues, motown alternative, reggae, funk, and jazz.
Also this year, Marks and Townsend are currently finishing up work on their latest original release Moon Shine Groove. The album is a collection of new collaborations and reprised tracks performed and recorded by Ryan and Ryan. Drummer and percussionist Seth Moutal, as well as, saxophonist Matt Wayne help round out the songs with a landscape of rhythms and melodies.