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Public School, Fast Food and Blue Jeans

by Ryan Chatelain

Acoustic guitar-driven pop/modern rock with a hint of country influence
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Poor Man
4:06 $0.99
2. How Could I See?
4:52 $0.99
3. Lost My Nerve
3:07 $0.99
4. Tell Me Something I'll Remember
3:59 $0.99
5. The Boy I Used to Be
5:15 $0.99
6. Easy to Hate
4:02 $0.99
7. White Knight
5:05 $0.99
8. I Didn't Even Notice (That You're Gone)
2:24 $0.99
9. The Next Seven Days
4:24 $0.99
10. Welcome Mat
2:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
The diverse, music-driven city of New Orleans has fueled the rapid growth of singer-songwriter Ryan Chatelain.

Chatelain's independent CD, "Public School, Fast Food and Blue Jeans," draws on both the good and hard times seen by someone who calls "The Big Easy" his hometown.

"So many of the people who live there have it (music) in their blood," Chatelain, 27, said. "You can't help but be affected by it."

New Orleans might be on the map largely because of Cajun music, blues and R&B, but other genres also have a firm grip on artists.

"People don't realize just how incredible the singer-songwriters and rock musicians are from New Orleans," Chatelain added. "They kind of get overshadowed by what people expect of New Orleans music."

Chatelain's musical tastes have broadened over the years. Whereas his first desire was to be in a hard rock band, everything from country to mainstream rock soon grabbed his attention.

"I discovered in college that I was better at writing country songs than rock songs," Chatelain noted. "I discovered that I was better at writing songs built on emotions rather than anything else. I focused my energy on that.

"But a couple of years later, my sound evolved into something that was more rock but used a lot of the same ingredients that I used in country songs, such as trying to appeal to people's emotions."

That emotion has been poured into performances at various venues, such as Tipitina's, The Howlin' Wolf and Carrollton Station.

Aside from the physical and emotional aspects of performing live, Chatelain has freely tackled the task of songwriting -- he also works as a newspaper reporter.

"Songwriting is definitely more challenging," he said. "In journalism, you're given a topic or a real, live person to write about. The story is already there in front of you.

"In songwriting, you're starting from scratch. You're taking the smallest idea and expanding it -- like starting with a short melody and then finding a story and music that work well together to tell your story."

The stories on "Public School, Fast Food and Blue Jeans" include a little of everything. The opening track, "Poor Man," speaks about the different worlds of an affluent woman and a poor man seen through their relationship.

"The Boy I Used to Be" addresses in a somber tone the loss of childlike innocence and joy that accompanies adulthood.

Chatelain's own musical transition from a kid who started playing guitar in junior high to an adult has included more than a few changes.

"Before, when I was writing, I would try to write songs to fit a certain genre," Chatelain said. "Now my attitude is that I'll just write whatever comes out. I'm not so much concerned what people classify it as."



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Public School Rocks!
Excellent Album. Rock, acoustic rock, a little country with flavors like John Mayer, but Chatelain is certainly his own artist. "I Didn't Even Notice (That You're Gone")and "Welcome Mat" are two of my favorites for their upbeat tune and catchy lines. Solid lyrics and honest rock songs like "Tell Me Something I'll Remember" make "Public Food, Fast Food and Blue Jeans" a great addition to my music collection. Give it a good listen.

Margeaux Fanning

Pressed and Polished - It's All Good!
Having followed Chatelain's music career from nearly the beginning, I have watched his talents mature and flourish. Public School . . .took some getting used to as I had trained my ear to appreciate Ryan's first, raw recordings. This polished, accompanied CD truly reflects what can be acheived when an artist puts his heart into his life's passion. The hard work that was put into this CD shines through and it will appeal to a wide age-range of listeners. The songs themselves offer a varied reflection of emotion. One can definitely hear that Chatelain knows more than a couple of chords! The CD takes you from upbeat, spunky, drinking-with-your-buds ditties to soft, melodic take-me-down-memory-lane ballads and back again. It's fun, entertaining and worth every penny.


Sincere and entertaining
Ryan Chatelain’s “Public School, Fast Food and Blue Jeans” is sincere, entertaining and original. Chatelain brings together rock, pop and a bit of country in 10 wonderfully crafted anthems. Chatelain’s lyrics are both clever and from the heart. Every song on this CD is terrific in its own way.


Not bad for an amateur, but nothing really memorable
After reading an article in the Houma paper (btw, playing a few coffee houses and recording a CD at a friends house all it takes to get a review in the HDC?) I listened to clips of all the songs. It was okay, but nothing millions of other up-and-coming musicians have done.


Awesome stuff!
Great, great mix of the serious and the fun. The songs are well written. The musicianship is excellent.