Ryan Dillaha | Love Alone

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Love Alone

by Ryan Dillaha

Heartbreaking, American tunes about use-to-be's and what-are-we's that stay with you for weeks.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. In California (Feat. Tim Rios & Jim Roll)
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2. Saddest Girl (Feat. Tim Rios, Jim Roll, Drew Howard, Matt Martinez, Chris Carmody & Frank Tyrybon)
3:38 $0.99
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3. Love Alone (Feat. Tim Rios, Jim Roll & Drew Howard)
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4. Home Tonight (Scotty's Blues) (Feat. Tim Rios, Jim Roll & Drew Howard)
3:43 $0.99
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5. Leaves of Grass (Feat. Tim Rios, Jim Roll & Drew Howard)
2:11 $0.99
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6. Shining Through (Feat. Tim Rios & Jim Roll)
2:47 $0.99
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7. Detroit City (Feat. Tim Rios, Jim Roll & Drew Howard)
4:44 $0.99
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8. Chains (Feat. Tim Rios, Jim Roll, Roz Hingleberg, Matt Martinez, Chris Carmody & Frank Tyrybon)
3:54 $0.99
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9. Comfort Me (Feat. Tim Rios, Jim Roll & Roz Hingleberg)
3:31 $0.99
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10. Unwind (Feat. Tim Rios, Jim Roll & Drew Howard)
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11. All Around Me (Feat. Tim Rios, Jim Roll, Drew Howard & Roz Hingleberg)
4:14 $0.99
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12. Stick Around (Feat. Chris Carmody, Frank Tyrybon, Tim Rios, Jim Roll & Matt Martinez)
3:07 $0.99
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13. All the Time (Feat. Jim Roll, Drew Howard & Tim Rios)
3:35 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Review from Deep Cutz music blog:


And these honky-tonk-ish waltzes and Americana rustling's hit you right smack dab in the center of that invigorating, cumbersome, whimsical organ behind your rib cage, the one that, when punctured, makes any otherwise rockin' whippoorwill "too blue to fly..."

But as the twanging, shuffling title song suggests, a lonesome-on-lonesome sandwich can often make it right for two lost souls. His resolute nasally warble coos its way through such a relentless relay of eulogies for love; proclamations so poetically pummeling that you may as well be dicing onions while you're out there on your backporch rockin' chair sippin whiskey between gnawed up wheat stalks.

He can take back his sunny days, but hey, those are his, anyway - But that's kinda the point; at least, I feel - as a listener. The greater Detroit area bluegrass songwriter (and Wayne State English instructor) is sort of putting on a clinic of how to craft the ideal heartbreak ballad ~ warmed, if faintly, by the metallic hums and tinny prancing of pedal-steel and mandolins and atmospherically edified by the producing ear of Jim Roll, along with Tim Rios providing harmonic back up vocals and auxillary instrumentation throughout.

The idea migh be something close to~ every song, as he sings, being about one's broken heart. Think about that. If that is the impetus for every ostensible great song - i.e. emotional devastation -and the subsequent search for healing; that, through writing and then singing a song, a hurt soul becomes whole, again? Something like that.

"Detroit City" is the Dilaha song that sticks with me. For me - my heart isn't exactly broken, maybe just a bit numbed, by the disintegration of antiquarian preservation (if even just nostalgia, for the old world). Which is why I'm charmed when Dillaha deals in jukeboxes for his imagery, and talks about how the record player's "needle" will always "find the broken part."

No matter if, "late at night," how "thumping" it gets out there in the city streets, out there on the internet in my case, or out there in the eerie ether of all-powerful iPads, it's still "the radio" ~the comfort of the classics that understands me.

It's possible... "Every song's about your broken heart..."


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Matt Harmon

Love Alone will do...
Just to be clear, I give “Love Alone” four out of five stars only because I know there's more to come from Ryan Dillaha, and I'm leaving him a star to grow into. For a debut effort (not his first record, but his first with a full blown band), Love Alone is remarkable. The players in the band, featuring Ryan's sidekick Tim Rios, don't let their skill and musical intelligence interfere with the absolute requisite drunken raucousness and fun that a Ryan Dillaha record demands. It is extremely important, to me, that a songwriter's album be true to the energy and sound of the songwriter's solo performances. I’m sure you've been there. You see a songwriter at a coffee house or club, love their stuff, buy the CD, then get it home for a listen only to find that the soul at the heart of the performer has been destroyed by over the top production and superfluous electronic shenanigans. "Love Alone" succeeds at preserving the mind and voice of this extremely literate songwriter, while, through outstanding production and top-notch performances, kicking these well crafted songs straight in the ass. Ryan is a friend of mine, and I love his songs so I’m biased. But, I’m a songwriter too, and I am easily annoyed and openly critical when the recordings of my friends fail to capture the magic of their work. On my first listen to this album, two tracks in (Saddest Girl), the horns hit hard and unexpectedly, with a perfectly arranged line. I was hooked, and extremely proud to call this guy my buddy, and my peer. There’s not a clunker among these “solid gold heart-breaking hits”, and I for one can’t wait for the follow-up.
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Matt Harmon

Love Alone will do...
Just to be clear, I give “Love Alone” four out of five stars only because I know there's more to come from Ryan Dillaha, and I'm leaving him a star to grow into. For a debut effort (not his first record, but his first with a full blown band), Love Alone is remarkable. The players in the band, featuring Ryan's sidekick Tim Rios, don't let their skill and musical intelligence interfere with the absolute requisite drunken raucousness and fun that a Ryan Dillaha record demands. It is extremely important, to me, that a songwriter's album be true to the energy and sound of the songwriter's solo performances. I’m sure you've been there. You see a songwriter at a coffee house or club, love their stuff, buy the CD, then get it home for a listen only to find that the heart and soul that conneceted you to the performer has been destroyed by over the top production and superfluous electronic shenanigans. "Love Alone" succeeds at preserving the mind and voice of this extremely literate songwriter, while, through outstanding production and top-notch performances, kicking these well crafted songs straight in the ass. Ryan is a friend of mine, and I love his songs so I’m biased. But, I’m a songwriter too, and I am easily annoyed and openly critical when the recordings of my friends fail to capture the magic of their work. On my first listen to this album, two tracks in (Saddest Girl), the horns hit hard and unexpectedly, with a perfectly arranged line. I was hooked, and extremely proud to call this guy my buddy, and my peer. There’s not a clunker among these “solid gold heart-breaking hits”, and I for one can’t wait for the follow-up.
Read more...

Matt Harmon

Love Alone will do...
Just to be clear, I give “Love Alone” four out of five stars only because I know there's more to come from Ryan Dillaha, and I'm leaving him a star to grow into. For a debut effort (not his first record, but his first with a full blown band), Love Alone is remarkable. The players in the band, featuring Ryan's sidekick Tim Rios, don't let their skill and musical intelligence interfere with the absolute requisite drunken raucousness and fun that a Ryan Dillaha record demands. It is extremely important, to me, that a songwriter's album be true to the energy and sound of the songwriter's solo performances. I’m sure you've been there. You see a songwriter at a coffee house or club, love their stuff, buy the CD, then get it home for a listen only to find that the soul at the heart of the performer has been destroyed by over the top production and superfluous electronic shenanigans. "Love Alone" succeeds at preserving the mind and voice of this extremely literate songwriter, while, through outstanding production and top-notch performances, kicking these well crafted songs straight in the ass. Ryan is a friend of mine, and I love his songs so I’m biased. But, I’m a songwriter too, and I am easily annoyed and openly critical when the recordings of my friends fail to capture the magic of their work. On my first listen to this album, two tracks in (Saddest Girl), the horns hit hard and unexpectedly, with a perfectly arranged line. I was hooked, and extremely proud to call this guy my buddy, and my peer. There’s not a clunker among these “solid gold heart-breaking hits”, and I for one can’t wait for the follow-up.
Read more...

Matt Harmon

Love Alone'll do
Just to be clear, I give “Love Alone” four out of five stars only because I know there's more to come from Ryan Dillaha, and I'm leaving him a star to grow into. For a debut effort (not his first record, but his first with a full blown band), Love Alone is remarkable. The players in the band, featuring Ryan's sidekick Tim Rios, don't let their skill and musical intelligence interfere with the absolute requisite drunken raucousness and fun that a Ryan Dillaha record demands. It is extremely important, to me, that a songwriter's album be true to the energy and sound of the songwriter's solo performances. I’m sure you've been there. You see a songwriter at a coffee house or club, love their stuff, buy the CD, then get it home for a listen only to find that the heart and soul that connected you to the performer has been destroyed by over the top production and superfluous electronic shenanigans. "Love Alone" succeeds at preserving the mind and voice of this extremely literate songwriter, while, through outstanding production and top-notch performances, kicking these well crafted songs straight in the ass. Ryan is a friend of mine, and I love his songs so I’m biased. But, I’m a songwriter too, and I am easily annoyed and openly critical when the recordings of my friends fail to capture the magic of their work. On my first listen to this album, two tracks in (Saddest Girl), the horns hit hard and unexpectedly, with a perfectly arranged line right on lyrical cue. I was hooked, and extremely proud to call this guy my buddy, and my peer. There’s not a clunker among these “solid gold heart-breaking hits”, and I for one can’t wait for the follow-up.
Read more...

Matt Harmon

Love Alone'll do!
Just to be clear, I give “Love Alone” four out of five stars only because I know there's more to come from Ryan Dillaha, and I'm leaving him a star to grow into. For a debut effort (not his first record, but his first with a full blown band), Love Alone is remarkable. The players in the band, featuring Ryan's sidekick Tim Rios, don't let their skill and musical intelligence interfere with the absolute requisite drunken raucousness and fun that a Ryan Dillaha record demands. It is extremely important, to me, that a songwriter's album be true to the energy and sound of the songwriter's solo performances. I’m sure you've been there. You see a songwriter at a coffee house or club, love their stuff, buy the CD, then get it home for a listen only to find that the heart and soul that connected you to the performer has been destroyed by over the top production and superfluous electronic shenanigans. "Love Alone" succeeds at preserving the mind and voice of this extremely literate songwriter, while, through outstanding production and top-notch performances, kicking these well crafted songs straight in the ass. Ryan is a friend of mine, and I love his songs so I’m biased. But, I’m a songwriter too, and I am easily annoyed and openly critical when the recordings of my friends fail to capture the magic of their work. On my first listen to this album, two tracks in (Saddest Girl), the horns hit hard and unexpectedly, with a perfectly arranged line right on lyrical cue. I was hooked, and extremely proud to call this guy my buddy, and my peer. There’s not a clunker among these “solid gold heart-breaking hits”, and I for one can’t wait for the follow-up.
Read more...

Matt Harmon

Love Alone'll do...
Just to be clear, I give “Love Alone” four out of five stars only because I know there's more to come from Ryan Dillaha, and I'm leaving him a star to grow into. For a debut effort (not his first record, but his first with a full blown band), Love Alone is remarkable. The players in the band, featuring Ryan's sidekick Tim Rios, don't let their skill and musical intelligence interfere with the absolute requisite drunken raucousness and fun that a Ryan Dillaha record demands. It is extremely important, to me, that a songwriter's album be true to the energy and sound of the songwriter's solo performances. I’m sure you've been there. You see a songwriter at a coffee house or club, love their stuff, buy the CD, then get it home for a listen only to find that the soul at the heart of the performer has been destroyed by over the top production and superfluous electronic shenanigans. "Love Alone" succeeds at preserving the mind and voice of this extremely literate songwriter, while, through outstanding production and top-notch performances, kicking these well crafted songs straight in the ass. Ryan is a friend of mine, and I love his songs so I’m biased. But, I’m a songwriter too, and I am easily annoyed and openly critical when the recordings of my friends fail to capture the magic of their work. On my first listen to this album, two tracks in (Saddest Girl), the horns hit hard and unexpectedly, with a perfectly arranged line. I was hooked, and extremely proud to call this guy my buddy, and my peer. There’s not a clunker among these “solid gold heart-breaking hits”, and I for one can’t wait for the follow-up.
Read more...

Matt Harmon

Love Alone will do...
Just to be clear, I give “Love Alone” four out of five stars only because I know there's more to come from Ryan Dillaha, and I'm leaving him a star to grow into. For a debut effort (not his first record, but his first with a full blown band), Love Alone is remarkable. The players in the band, featuring Ryan's sidekick Tim Rios, don't let their skill and musical intelligence interfere with the absolute requisite drunken raucousness and fun that a Ryan Dillaha record demands. It is extremely important, to me, that a songwriter's album be true to the energy and sound of the songwriter's solo performances. I’m sure you've been there. You see a songwriter at a coffee house or club, love their stuff, buy the CD, then get it home for a listen only to find that the soul at the heart of the performer has been destroyed by over the top production and superfluous electronic shenanigans. "Love Alone" succeeds at preserving the mind and voice of this extremely literate songwriter, while, through outstanding production and top-notch performances, kicking these well crafted songs straight in the ass. Ryan is a friend of mine, and I love his songs so I’m biased. But, I’m a songwriter too, and I am easily annoyed and openly critical when the recordings of my friends fail to capture the magic of their work. On my first listen to this album, two tracks in (Saddest Girl), the horns hit hard and unexpectedly, with a perfectly arranged line. I was hooked, and extremely proud to call this guy my buddy, and my peer. There’s not a clunker among these “solid gold heart-breaking hits”, and I for one can’t wait for the follow-up.
Read more...