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American Tales

by Mike P. Ryan

Oklahoma-born singer-songwriter Mike P. Ryan creates moving, unforgettable music about the lives, experiences, and emotions of everyday people. A gifted lyricist and a stellar musician, Mike skillfully blends Americana, Roots, Folk, and Alt Country.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Morning Glories
6:22 $0.99
2. Oklahoma Sky
3:54 $0.99
3. The Ballad of Charlie O'Leary
5:10 $0.99
4. What's It Like
3:21 $0.99
5. Mestengo
3:55 $0.99
6. A Soldier's Wife
7:03 $0.99
7. Zero to Sixty
4:18 $0.99
8. Listen to It Rain
5:17 $0.99
9. A Girl's Gotta Do
4:42 $0.99
10. Back to Town
4:24 $0.99
11. We're Not from Here
5:14 $0.99
12. Tomorrow Into Yesterday
5:33 $0.99
13. Find Our Way (Instrumental)
5:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
In his debut album "American Tales" Oklahoma-born singer-songwriter MIke P. Ryan showcases his considerable talents as a lyricist and a musician with thirteen highly original songs that explore the lives, experiences, and emotions of everyday people. Mike's songs paint vivid pictures of everyday American life and tell stories that captivate the listener from the very first line. A consummate musician, Mike skillfully blends Americana, Roots, Folk, and Alt Country to create music that is evocative, moving, and unforgettable.

The album opens with "Morning Glories," the story of a long haul trucker who misses the simple pleasures of home during his time on the road. A beautifully textured musical number, Morning Glories combines Mike's easy going vocal style with carefully crafted electric and acoustic guitars, piano, pedal steel, and fiddle. The result is an instant Alt Country classic. The follow up number "Oklahoma Sky" is a rousing vocal/guitar piece that shows off Mike's Oklahoma flat picking chops. The album's third number "The Ballad of Charlie" O'Leary is a Celtic-flavored tune that tells the story of an Irish immigrant who comes to America in the late 1800s. "Charlie O'Leary" is a superb example of Mike's ability to tell stories through song. "Charlie" is followed by "What's it Like" a simple yet beautiful folk-tinged number that offers an everyman's view of the world.

Next in line is the haunting "Mestengo" another of Mike's popular "story songs." This one tell the story of young South Texas farm boy in the mid-1800s who dreams of capturing a wild Mustang horse and riding away to find adventure. "Mestengo is followed by "A Soldier's Wife" an emotional and heartfelt tribute to military wives. Up next is "Zero to Sixty," an upbeat love song with wry lyrics guaranteed to make the listener smile. The album's next cut "Listen to It Rain" is a lovely ballad that features Mike on vocals and piano accompanied by Casey O'Neal's haunting pedal steel guitar. "A Girl's Gotta Do" brings the mood back up with the story of a tough, independent woman making her way in the world. The emotional and achingly beautiful "Back to Town" follows next. "Back to Town" is followed by "We're Not From Here" a classic, Americana rocker that tells the story of country folks forced to move to a big city when the economy in their small town goes bust. "We're Not From Here" is followed by "Tomorrow Into Yesterday" an unforgettable piece about an aging musician coming to terms with life's realities. "American Tales" closes with the instrumental "Find Our Way" a superb instrumental number that features Mike and guest musician John Krauss trading world class guitar licks.

Fans of Mike's music can learn more about Mike and read the stories behind all of the songs on American Tales at www.mikepryanmusic.com



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Jim Thorne

American Tales by an American Storyteller
When you listen to these songs, it feels like an intimate conversation with an old friend. Mike is an enormously talented singer and songwriter who lets you in to his innermost thoughts. The topics range from military service to heartbreak, from the fascinating tale of an Irish immigrant to the job of breaking in a wild horse. It doesn't get much more American than that, and the trip he takes you through our common culture is quite an entertaining ride. Mike has a very conversational style in his vocals, occasionally slipping from his singing voice to his spoken voice for emphasis. All of this adds up to a very engaging experience that you should try for your self. Get this album, sit back, and enjoy the time together!


Warm and Genuine
Beautiful, beautiful, collection.


Beautiful music! great stories in each song.


Beautiful music! Great stories in every song

John R. Graham

Real Americana!
I've had the opportunity to hear Mike play live in Northern Virginia. Both the lyrics and guitar reflect a passion for storytelling that comes out with great virtuosity. I'm really glad he's finally produced a CD so more people can enjoy his work.

Mike P. Ryan Americam Tales

Perfect blend of Americanism
Ryan is a songwriter's songwriter. His heartfelt lyrics and inspired guitar playing will have you toe-tapping with the first chord. I have known MPR for since teenage years. He has grown as a musician (never in doubt) and as a man. His stories will bring you to a place that is warm, familiar, and happy. His songs pay homage to the average workin' man, the hero of our days. This is music that needs to be heard, by all Americans. American Tales is a story of America. We, the unchallenged shining light on the hill, celebrate what it is to be truly American. MPR spells it out with lyrics that take you on a ride through the American experience. These songs are the fiber of America. We honor our heroes, the American soldier, the fathers dedicated to their families, those that do God's will. Great effort. Look forward to more. I am proud to know MPR as a friend, an American, an Artist.