Free To Be

by CANYON RYDE

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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).

REVIEWS.....
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!

credits

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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CANYON RYDE New Zealand

CANYON RYDE is a collective of experienced players, organized and led by lead singer/songwriter Phil Lively-Masters, having featured Americana legends Gary Louris of The Jayhawks and UK based Peter Bruntnell. Phil Lively-Masters relocated to NZ in 2015, and is currently recording new material and playing shows as CANYON RYDE and also recording a Psychedelic project called AVALONIAN MINDTRIP. ... more

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Track Name: Restless Blues
There's a feeling inside
Its gonna haunt me until the day I die
A voice that leads me out on the open road
Staying put is fine
But that ain't no path of mine
Here comes a big ol' semi carrying an outbound load
Oh cause the restless blues have got me
Yeah they've really got me on a roll
And there ain't a day
When they don't come a tugging and a pulling at my soul
Oh cause the restless blues have got me
Yeah they've really got me on a roll
And if the truth be told I'll be like this till I'm old
So travel light and be ready to go
Well sure this life don't pay
But I've made good friends along the way
And some loving arms open with some time to lend
Oh but come the morning I'm up and gone
To go rambling round the bend
Another town, another show, another lover another friend
Are you ready to go?
Track Name: This Time
First time I saw you there
That late spring afternoon
You were so damn beautiful
I could see no-one but you
First time I talked to you
I asked you to a show
We managed to set the night alight
But where you went as the sun came up no-body knew
Well I've been good for you
You've been good for me
And when we dance
Our bodies swayed perfectly
Oh this time
You've got to tell me
Before you go
I've been hanging around
For this one last song
Do you love me?
Oh I've got to know
The first time that we kissed
The world just melted away
Couldn't help but fall for you
On that long hot summer's day
Oh every time we said goodbye
And both went our separate ways
I'd be killing time
In the autumn rail
Counting off those lonely winter days
We've both been around
And understand
Oh love is a gamble
There ain't no back up plan
Oh this time
You've got to tell me
Before you go
I've been hanging around
For this one last song
Do you love me?
Oh I've got to know
Track Name: Seven Summers
So many years I've been waiting for this day
It's your face I see when I'm all alone
Over many seasons
You've been coursing through my veins
Won't you call me back home?
Seven summers gone
You passed me over
Six winters long to find my own style
Five ex-lovers to find what I was looking for
Three strikes and out and two to bust down the door
I could be the one if you could see me now
The timing of life well, it has no master
There's not enough hours to learn it all
Fate well it takes your hand
And spins you round and round
We were all designed to rise and fall
Seven summers gone
You passed me over
Six winters long to find my own style
Five ex-lovers to find what I was looking for
Three strikes and out and two to bust down the door
I could be the one if you could see me now
Track Name: New Beginning
There was a time I used to dream with you
But now I'm writing a different story
To include all the things that we never had the chance to do
So I'm taking this day now and calling it all my own
The sea breeze is swirling through a two step
It wants me to come outside and head down the beach alone
All alone
Watching all my footprints disappear
All alone
Wandering if my luck will turn this year
All alone
The waves crash into me
And roll away my fear
All alone
Oh I call your name out loud
I've had enough of living under this cloud
This day is a new beginning
Been round long enough
To know what I can and cannot do
Still got long enough ahead of me now
For a surprise or two
So I'm taking this day
And calling it all my own
The sea breeze is swirling through a two step
It wants me to come outside and head down the beach alone
All alone
Watching all my footprints disappear
All alone
Wandering if my luck will turn this year
All alone
The waves crash into me
And roll away my fear
All alone
Oh I call your name out loud
I've had enough of living under this cloud
This day is a new beginning
Oh today
Oh today is a new beginning
Track Name: Shining Warmth of the Sun
Shining warmth of the sun
Oh I’d been burned and the road had stretched me thin
That winter was the coldest it had ever been
Every night I was singing my heart out
For paying strangers
But then I found a place where I could rest my soul
Something strong where I could take a hold
I wasn’t looking but that’s the way it goes
I found the shining warmth of the sun
I saw there’s a race that is yet to be run
I learned that two is better than one
When I fell in love with you
Well seasons come and the seasons surely go
Why we parted oh I never really know
Now I’m looking for the one who has the sun
Come every nightfall
Cause you’re the place
Where I could rest my soul
Something real for my weary arms to hold
I’ll sing out for you till everybody knows
I found the shining warmth of the sun
I saw there’s a race that is yet to be run
I learned that two is better than one
When I fell in love with you
Track Name: Till we Find
There's a blood orange dawn
Spilling across the hills
With shadows long
Our hopes rise with the sun
So take me to the sea
Let me dream for free
And answer the ocean's call
And when we are together honey
Who could ask for more?
I'm with you
So ride on baby
We can go it alone
Summers rolling in
Feel the warmth on your skin
So lets load up the boards
And point this wagon west
So pick yourself up, and dust yourself down
There's a big old world with good people around
That's something that's still worth fighting for
I'm with you
So ride on baby
We can go it alone
Down the highways
Follow the freeways
Till we find what we're looking for
Track Name: Marine Drive
It's been too long
We've both been travelling far and wide
I should have never left your side
But you heard my song where I sang
That I'll always love you
So I hope I'll see you there
At Marine Drive
Yeah I hope I'll see you there
At Marine Drive
There's no one else around
This summer's for you and me
Let's watch the sun go down
And sink into the sea
Yeah we'll sink into the sea
I see you waiting there with your long dark hair
More beautiful than memories allow
We go ride the waves
And then you tell me that you love me
So made love right there
At Marine Drive
Yeah we made love right there
At Marine Drive
Track Name: Nitroglycerine
You tell me all or nothing ain't the way to be
You have to plant your roots down to become the tallest tree
There's an early end if you live on life's wrong side
An end that's six feet deep and three feet wide
I've got a mind like Nitrogylcerine I know
But I've learned how to burn the fuse down
Real nice and slow
Times stretches out if you stay away from the edge
But honey in the end
Everybody's still got to go
But honey in the end
Everybody's still got to go
There's some dreams in life that can come true
But I never could have planned them even if I wanted to
When I disappear and and finally come to rest
You are the one thing I'll miss out of all this mess
I've got a mind like Nitrogylcerine I know
But I've learned how to burn the fuse down
Real nice and slow
Times stretches out if you stay away from the edge
But honey in the end
Everybody's still got to go
But honey in the end
Everybody's still got to go
Track Name: Guiding Star
I don't want to look before I leap
Troubled waters running deep
You are the one that always taught me
You are the one who through the darkness brought me
Out of the dark into a brighter land
And now I understand
Your deep brown eyes help me realise
What's a life if you're too scared of living
Oh the true joy is not the taking but the giving
You can learn it all from that fair Northumberland girl
A guiding star in a darkened world
One last kiss before I go
I'll be seeing you again that much I know
You are the one that I'll always remember
You are the one who finds the hope in December
Ain't no wind or rain that can hold you back
And that's the one thing that I lack
Your deep brown eyes help me realise
What's a life if you're too scared of living
Oh the true joy is not the taking but the giving
You can learn it all from that fair Northumberland girl
A guiding star in a darkened world
Track Name: Free to Be
Free to be
Here I sit on this valley side
Let my thoughts drift into the sun
Nothing but the sound of early birdsong
A gentle breeze
From which I can float my dreams from
As clouds drift across the bluest sky
I feel all urgency slip away
My friends headed southeast years ago now
But here from this valley I’ll find my own way
I’ll stick to the simple life my friend
Sing from the heart and throw away the contract pen
To love and be loved
To have and to hold
Spreading kindness and harmony
Being lost in the city ain’t no life for me
I hear the river below
And go with the flow
As the light dances through the leaves
Time has lost its track of me now
I’ve found a way to listen as mother nature breathes
Be still and find a quiet place and you’ll know what I mean
It’s not the start and it’s not the end
It’s what you make of the highs and lows inbetween
I’ll stick to the simple life my friend
Sing from the heart and throw away the contract pen
To love and be loved
To have and to hold
Spreading kindness and harmony
Being lost in the city ain’t no life for me
Back in the Country my minds just free to be
Track Name: Beyond Lies the Open Sea
Hold the warmth and hope inside
I watch you sleeping by my side
An evening's orange glow
Alights the western skies
A dusty twilight to dream by
Oh dreaming of you and I
Racing
Through rivers of misty green
The first leaves unfurling on the old oak tree
A buzzard overhead circling a last patrol
And beyond lies the open sea calling us one and all
The last light of day
Reflected as you open your eyes
I see the stars one by one
As we near the fresh spring tides
An evening's orange glow
Alights the western skies
A dusty twilight to dream by
Oh dreaming for you and I
And beyond lies the open sea
Calling us one and all
Track Name: My Love will Hold You
Oh watching you grow year by year
Full of wander with no sense of fear
I'll be cheering just for you as you run for your dreams
Develop your heart and see where your path will lead
And oh
How will you remember me?
A shooting star or or your whole galaxy
When this life finally lets me be
My love will hold you for eternity
Oh don't let the dust settle when I'm gone
Look for the truth, take the right from the wrong
Oh look for the beauty and light in each day
Learn to let it go
But don't you ever give it away
And oh
How will you remember me?
A shooting star or or your whole galaxy
When this life finally lets me be
My love will hold you for eternity.