"She has the voice, the style, and songwriting to stand out, and at an age when most are busy navigating the throes of post adolescence, not penning songs that put them in superior standing compared to many writing songs in that state just south of the Kentucky border."
-Saving Country Music
2018 was an important year for Kentucky singer/songwriter Rhyan Sinclair. After 6 years at the helm of alt-country/rock band All the Little Pieces (which she founded at the age of 11), Sinclair stepped firmly into Americana/Traditional Country territory with her debut solo release, Barnstormer. While she had written all the material for All the Little PIeces’ three albums, including the haunting concept album, The Legend of Lavinia Fisher, Barnstormer’s material was more personal and closer to her heart.
Inspired by the 1987 Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt album Trio, Barnstormer is filled with acoustic instrumentation, bluegrass-style harmonies and themes that vary from introspective to uplifting. Sinclair lists a wide range of influences for her writing and arrangements on Barnstormer, from Chris Isaak to The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson as well as Miranda Lambert and Maria McKee. She co-produced the entire album, recorded partly in Nashville at The Record Shop with Sean Giovanni, and part in her hometown of Lexington, KY with Jason Groves, Sneak Attack Recording Co.
She spent the year touring venues and radio stations all over the country. Barnstormer ended the year as one of Saving Country Music’s Essential Albums of 2018. She followed that up with her holiday EP, Marshmallow World. Both Barnstormer and Marshmallow World received lots of Americana radio play and her take on “Winter Wonderland” was selected for the Americana Music Association’s Holiday Playlist. Her original holiday song, “Let the Light in (In the Name of Christmas)” was called “possibly the best new holiday song of the year” by Saving Country Music.
At just 18, Sinclair has recorded with renowned musicians Fats Kaplin, Carl Verheyen, Lillie Mae, Eliza Doyle and more, toured from California to Texas and shared the stage with The Dead South, Maggie Rose, Justin Wells, Arlo McKinley, Lillie Mae and Mason Jennings.
Solo, Sinclair’s performances are heartfelt and passionate. With her acoustic trio, the lush three part harmonies soar. When she plays with the full band as Rhyan Sinclair & the South 65, it’s a boot-stomping party with all the originals and some roots country covers. Whatever Sinclair does, you can bet she’ll do it with emotion, grit, and soul, and that every single word she writes or sings are coming from a place of authenticity, straight from the heart.
LIVE PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
-In support of Lillie Mae at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, California (September 2017)
and The Burl in Lexington, KY (January 2018)
-In support of The Dead South at The Burl in Lexington, KY (September 2017)
-In support of Maggie Rose at The Burl in Lexington, KY (March 2019)
-In-Store Performance at Grimey's New & Preloved Music in Nashville, TN (January 2017, June 2018)
-In support of Eliot Bronson at The Haymarket Americana Series in Chicago, IL
-In support of Mason Jennings at City Winery in Chicago, IL (May 2019)
-In support of Arlo McKinley and Justin Wells at The V Club in Huntington, WV (August 2018)
-The Townsend in Austin, TX (November 2018)
-Black Sparrow Music Parlor, Taylor, TX (November 2018)
-Two Dollar Tuesday at The 5 Spot in Nashville, TN (December 2019)
-The Jerry Springer Podcast at Folk School Coffee Parlor in Ludlow, KY (June 2017, March 2018, November 2018)
-Summer Residency at The Pour House in Nashville, TN (2018)
-The Country (now The Local) in Nashville, TN (September 2017, June 2018)
-Cinder & Smoke Festival in Jackson, KY (June 2019)
-Awendaw Barn Jam in Awendaw, SC (April 2015, March 2017, December 2018)
-The Honey Festival in Jackson, KY (August 2019)
-Festival of the Horse in Georgetown, KY (September 2019)
-Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, KY (September 2018)
-Funny Ears Fringe Festival at Scruffy City Hall in Knoxville, TN (March 2018)
-Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC (2016, 2017)
-Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN (July & October 2018)
-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH (August 2016)
-The Main Street Festival in Franklin, TN (April 2016)
-WDVX Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN (September 2014, August 2017, March 2018, July 2018, December 2018)
-New Faces Nite at The Basement in Nashville, TN (December 2017)
- In Support of Derek Hoke at Cosmic Charlie's in Lexington, KY (January 2018)
-Scruffy City Hall in Knoxville, TN (August 2017, March 2018)
-Wicked Weed Funkatorium in Asheville, NC (October 2018)
-Tootle's in Circleville, OH (December 2018)
-12th & Porter in Nashville, TN (August 2013)
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