RYAN CHRYS ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO CD RELEASE AT THE WALNUT ROOM,
Ryan Chrys, guitarist/vocalist for the Westword Showcase-winning band the Demon Funkies, announces the debut of his solo CD, The Ambivalent Justice Of…, to be officially released on Thursday, April 7 at the Walnut Room in Denver, Colo.
The Ambivalent Justice Of… is a collection of all-original, genre-bending songs, all written by Chrys. Featuring guest performances from several outstanding Colorado-based musicians, such as Seth and Josh Larson of Something Underground, Brent Loveday of Reno Divorce, Kailin Yong (formerly of Boulder Acoustic Society), Aubrey Collins (now based in Nashville), Azma Holiday and Christian Teele (E-Town house band), the album officially marks Chrys’ emergence as a credited solo act and singer-songwriter. The music verges on a Santana-like format, with several songs featuring guest vocalists and musicians taking lead position behind Chrys’ guitar and songwriting work.
“I’m so happy with the way this album turned out,” Chrys says. “The amount of raw energy, love and camaraderie that was shared among all of the guest musicians was inspiring and lent a depth to this solo effort for which I am forever grateful. I can’t wait to hear what others think about it and to bring it to the live stage at the Walnut Room, one of the best-sounding rooms Denver has to offer.”
A longstanding name in the Colorado music scene, Chrys has performed as a guitarist for acclaimed bands as Aubrey Collins, Spiv and U.S. Pipe. Currently he is lead guitarist for the Demon Funkies and Angie Stevens and the Beautiful Wreck. In addition, Chrys has performed at premier venues and events such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Summerfest and the Fillmore Auditorium, and has opened for the likes of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, The Fray, and the Flobots.
The CD release party on April 7 will include Chrys backed by Something Underground (Westword showcase winners in both the ìBest Pop Bandî and ìBest Rock Bandî categories) and will feature myriad guests, including Angie Stevens, The Broken Everlys, Russ Christiansen (formerly of Three Miles West, now of Surplus Cheaper Hands) and more to be announced. It will take place at the Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St., Denver, Colo. on Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m. The show is for ages 21+.