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Ryan Alvanos

Ryan Alvanos is a poet by training, phrase-smith by trade, songwriter by passion, busker by calling, and whim-blown vagabond by good fortune. He’s trotted the globe toting instruments and spilling ink on his ever changing here and now. Place after place, he peruses the lines of his pocket-sized Moleskines and the under-thumbed pages of the Western songbook for tunes that fit each of his impromptu stages — from Boston’s street corners to Hyderabad’s Hindi-dinned nightspots.

From Here is Ryan’s latest. It features a heaping helping of local-crème musicians, including Tom Bianchi, Sean Staples, Eric Royer, Vance Gilbert, Dan Blakeslee, Raleigh Green, and Kara Kulpa. The series of songs studies places and hinges squeaklessly on lovingly turned phrases. At the heart of this album are Ryan’s fluent finger picking and lyrics that shimmy between whim and worry, East and West, abundance and scarcity, and between taking off and staying put.

Ryan is setting out to plough the fertile middle ground between Guthrie and Shakespeare. Fleet finger style and savvy lyrics result in memorable yet oddball tunes and live performances that leave audiences stroking their chins and tapping their feet, as if it were easy.