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Update!!! Release Date & Artwork for Boxers : 10.14.14!! 


We're proud to announce Boxers will be released on Tuesday, October 14th!! More details very soon.

This record is a bruising and beautiful Rock n Roll record. It was produced by Kevin Salem and has Kevin Salem and Brian Fallon (of The Gaslight Anthem) playing electric guitar with me throughout. My best friend Brian Bequette is playing bass, and the amazing Joe Magistro is playing drums. More details and news very soon!

But for now, please behold the cover art for Boxers as designed by Keith Brogdon at Thinking Out Loud Design:

"We all fill our hearts with hopeful bombs..." A new song from the upcoming album!! 


This One's For You Frankie is a love letter to brotherhood, integrity and perseverance. Made to be played loudly!

From the soon to be released album Boxers. 

Produced and mixed by Kevin Salem 

Performed by Brian Bequette, Brian Fallon, Joe Magistro, Kevin Salem and Matthew Ryan



Or view it directly on Youtube: This One's For You Frankie

The Lyric... 

This One's For You Frankie

He said
I'm sick
I'm so tired
Of this shit
Every night I'm fighting for my life

A Killian's
A fresh smoke
I saw the graveyards in his throat
He said all my dreams burn and fall like paper planes

Don't quit
Don't go 
I've got your back Frankie
I think you know
We all fill our hearts with hopeful bombs

This one's for you Frankie... 
And your big broken heart
Your big broken
Wherever you are
Wherever you are
Now!

Thin arms
Tattoos
He said "I lost the plot
What could I do?"
The light just seem to fall just right on his eyes

Then he said
My heart's broke
I knew he meant it then
The way he spoke
The next day he sold me his rig for 60 bucks
He looked so gone and hollow but he still wished me luck

This one's for you Frankie... 
And your big broken heart
Your big broken
Wherever you are
Wherever you are
Now! 

Oh
Oh oh oh oh
Oh
Oh oh oh
Oh

New song to premier at 2pm EST today! 


To celebrate the upcoming tour dates (the first "headlining" dates in almost 2 years) we'll be premiering a lyric vid for a NEW SONG from the forthcoming album at 2pm EST today! It's the most heartbreaking and hopeful piece of rock n roll I may have ever written and recorded and will soon be offering to you guys on the new album. The band on this song kills it, kills me. Once again it's Brian Bequette , Brian Fallon, Joe Magistro, Kevin Salem , myself and some giant gang vocals. Yeah, it's ambitiously honest and full of immovable affection for the characters it's written for. One being a great old punk rock friend and one of Nashville's grumpiest and finest live sound engineers Frank Sass . The song isn't just about Frank, it's about several people. As is often the case it's an amalgamation, myself included. But its goal is to communicate the brotherhood/sisterhood in following a dream all the way down and through the hard curves and trials and disappointments and glowing victories that certain ethos color our lives with. It's about Rock N Roll, but it could be about any dream or work that's worth breaking your heart over so you can pass a torch to whoever has its back with the integrity of an idea worth fighting for. Is that vague? I hope the song makes it clear. I believe it will.

Jane, I Still Feel The Same surges on Spotify for no obvious reason... 


It came to my attention earlier this week that Jane, I Still Feel The Same is suddenly surging towards a million listens on Spotify. While it's a double-edged sword because of the way streaming compensates artists, I'd be foolish not to welcome such an organic finding of Jane. Jane originally appeared on my 2008 album Matthew Ryan Vs The Silver State.

You can hear the song here on YouTube:



You can purchase the song on iTunes here: Matthew Ryan Vs The Silver State

What a nice surprise, here's hoping it keeps going!
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  • This was shared with me yesterday. A postcard from me and my band The Caustics. Probably '94? Ace of Clubs in Nashville. Jake, Henry & Craig. They put my young songs on broad shoulders. I still love those guys and am grateful for it. It was the first time I felt the real brotherhood of rock n roll. Wish I'd have been more patient. It's complex stuff, history. Shadow boxing and all that. At any rate, I love those guys more and more as time moves on. Almost like a first love. (Thanks for sharing this Heather Holladay Gates)
    This was shared with me yesterday. A postcard from me and my band The Caustics. Probably '94? Ace of Clubs in Nashville. Jake, Henry & Craig. They put my young songs on broad shoulders. I still love those guys and am grateful for it. It was the first time I felt the real brotherhood of rock n roll. Wish I'd have been more patient. It's complex stuff, history. Shadow boxing and all that. At any rate, I love those guys more and more as time moves on. Almost like a first love. (Thanks for sharing this Heather Holladay Gates)
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Go check it out if ya have a minute...
    A beautiful story of a music lovers' discovery and relationship with songs regarding BOXERS via 16clefs.com Go check it out if ya have a minute...
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    Yeats on being Irish... My friend Ed Campbell shared this with me yesterday. I promptly shared it with another friend. I can't get enough it so I'm sharing it with you...
  • Dropping some rare and very limited merch I found in my garage into the mail for a Slim Dunlap benefit coming up in Minneapolis. If you go, bid big please. His work and well-being mean the world to me...
    Dropping some rare and very limited merch I found in my garage into the mail for a Slim Dunlap benefit coming up in Minneapolis. If you go, bid big please. His work and well-being mean the world to me...
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