For fans of: The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Jayhawks, Neil Young, Sun Kissed West Coast Americana Circa 1968 to 1972, featuring Gary Louris of The Jayhawks on guitar.
‘Free to Be’ was self-financed and recorded with a lot of love over 3 years, released on independent Freedom Feathers Records in Spring 2014 across the world with international distribution via CARGO.
Available on both deluxe limited edition double purple 15 track vinyl (500), 12 track deluxe limited edition CD (1000) and now full 15 track high quality Wav download via bandcamp.
‘Free to Be’ is a classic ‘old school’ grower of an album, with many layers and depths. The collection of songs include: blazing Hammond B3, Piano, Clavinet, Rhodes, Drums, Bass, Percussion, classic 3 way Electric Guitar interplay, 6 and 12 String Acoustics, multiple harmonies, Dobro, slide guitar and Pedal Steel licks!
Featuring USA Americana and songwriting legend Gary Louris of The Jayhawks playing guitar on title track ‘Free to be’ and ‘Restless Blues’, with production by UK based Americana legend Peter Bruntnell. Original artwork by US west coast legend David D. D’Andrea (Om, Brightblack Morning Light, Earth, Howlin Rain).
GARY LOURIS, THE JAYHAWKS: ‘The songs are amazing and beautifully recorded… I’m proud to be part of such a cool sounding record’.
MARK OLSON, FOUNDER OF THE JAYHAWKS: ‘Shining Warmth Of The Sun” is a very high class pop-rock song. This reminds me of a radio friendly Replacements… The whole album displays incredible writing and craftsmanship, this album is a classic and will sound great 30 years from now’.
4 STARS MAVERICK MAGAZINE: ‘CANYON RYDE is the vehicle for North Devon-based singer-songwriter Phil Lively-Masters and his superb songs that are evocative of America’s West Coast countryish pop-rock of the late 1960s and early 1970s… with acclaimed players such as singer songwriter Peter Bruntnell and Gary Louris…It is a gorgeous listening experience, especially on the captivating ‘Marine Drive’.
AMERICANA UK: ‘’Subtle and dreamy country boasting a host of Americana luminaries... ‘Canyon Ryde is the chosen vehicle of singer songwriter Philip Lively-Masters, ably assisted on this record by the legendary guitar talents of Gary Louris. ‘Free to Be’ is a great country record that is subtle in its approach, gentle in its intentions and presented in a fine packaging that shows that Canyon Ryde is more than a band, more than an album, it’s an experience that they want you to join them in’
Sony/Universal Music Historian Richard Havers: ‘Big Names in The Making’…The MAVERICK FESTIVAL... the opening act on the main stage – named Sweet Home Alabama, was the intriguingly named Canyon Ryde, featuring the exquisite songs of Phil Lively-Masters. Imagine you’ve been stranded on a California hill farm circa 1969 and you get the vibe. Their music is just so damned catchy!’
SPIRAL EARTH – ‘Free To Be’ shortlisted for AMERICANA RELEASE OF THE YEAR: ‘A scenic journey taking in all the romance of the beaches, sunsets, and as many carefree moments as can be shoe-horned into one album… 'Restless Blues' morphs into a fuzz-fest of guitars, with Louris sailing close to a Clarence White wig out. 'Shining Warmth Of The Sun' is a DNA tangle of The Byrds and The Jayhawks. 'Till We Find' and 'New Beginning' are modern Americana chipped from a classic mold with vocals to melt the blackest heart. As the album progresses, and the shadows lengthen, the tracks relax into elongated meditations with 'Beyond Lies The Open Sea' stretching to over eight minutes of psychedelic Hammond organ and riffs. Following up is 'Seven Summers' layering on sheets of glorious melancholy for a memorable coda. A musical companion to remind you why we slog through the hard times’.
MOJO MAGAZINE: ‘The sticker on the front cover of Canyon Ryde's debut states that their music is "sun kissed Americana circa 1968 to 1972" and, according to their site "promise plenty of summer good vibes and a brew of Hammond driven, fuzzy guitar powered Country/Rock/Pop!". These claims have been fully supported by an excellent and very mature sounding debut in ‘Free to Be’. Even the cover art suggests something from that period… Another fine example of a talented ‘under the radar’ British outfit producing American inspired music as good as, if not better, than a lot of Americans on the same trip. Highly Recommended!’
UNCUT MAGAZINE: ‘A prime platter for those of you who prefer your sounds smoked in the glow of porch reclining country blues idly watching the falling arc of drifting clouds whispering gently over the horizon amid sun glazed lulls, perfect for those attuned to the soft driftwood sounds of Buffalo Springfield and Gram Parsons and dare we say variously selected nuggets oft found occupying the grooves of platters once upon a time put out by Scottish cult labels Shoeshine and Spit n’ Polish, as to the track ‘Free to be’, itself utterly blissful replete with steel guitar opines, hushed harmonicas and lush in feel good carefree vibes’.
5 STARS AMAZON I had the good fortune to see this band support The Jayhawks last year and have kept an eye on them ever since. This is such a mature debut and crammed full of great tunes. Go get yourself a copy!
released February 18, 2014
Phil Lively-Masters: Lead vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Backing vocals.
Peter Bruntnell: Electric Guitars, Backing vocals, Percussion, Banjo, 12 string Acoustic Guitar.
Del Skinner: Bass Guitar, Mandolin.
Colin Wright: Drums.
Tom Hughes: Piano, Hammond B3 Organ, Fender Rhodes, Clavinet.
Gary Louris; Electric Guitar (right speaker on 'Free to Be' and Fuzz Guitar outro on Restless Blues).
Dave Little: Electric Slide Guitar (on outro to Restless Blues).
Martin Froud: Dobro Guitar (on You're only free when you're moving).
Recorded and Engineered at the Domestic Basement by Peter Bruntnell.
Mixed and produced by Peter Bruntnell, Phil Lively-Masters and Colin Wright.
Mastering for CD and Vinyl by Peter Linnane at Patch Hill Mastering.
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