New songs and a lyric video for "On Our Death Day" Now Available!  



We're happy to announce the "On Our Death Day" Digital Maxi-Single and its 7 Inch Vinyl version are now available!


Here is the brand new lyric video for "On Our Death Day"



The track list for the 7 inch Vinyl with the cover art painted by Lamar Sorrento is as follows:

Side A - On Our Death Day

Side B - And It's Such A Drag (2019 Band Version)

Click HERE to purchase via mail-order your copy of the 7 inch Vinyl


The track list for the digital Maxi-Single is as follows:

1. On Our Death Death

2. And It's Such A Drag (2019 Band Version)

3. Steer Your Your Way (This is a Leonard Cohen cover that was originally released in limited quantities a while back on a Record Store Day tribute. Olly Knights of Turin Brakes is singing beautifully with me on here. It was remastered especially for this collection)

Click HERE to purchase immediately via my Bandcamp page

(Please note I charge a little more on Bandcamp since it's the only place I can control prices and my aim is to try and account for some of what streaming is doing to us... I trust you understand) 


If streaming or other download sites (Apple, Spotify and so on) are your preferred places, this new music will go live there on Wednesday, May 15th! You can save the music via this LINK if you like. 


More soon... Hope these songs become good companions. 


New Maxi-Single Rolling Out Soon! 

So happy to share with you the cover art for my upcoming Maxi-Single. It was painted by Lamar Sorrento. We will be rolling the songs out the week of May 15th! 

It will be available on 7inch Vinyl (pressed by the fine folks at Gold Rush) in Austin, TX. Obviously that will contain an A & B side. 

There will also be a digital version of the maxi-single that contains a Bonus Track. 

Can't wait for you guys to hear the songs and get a sense of why and what we've done here. I've teamed up with a small label out of California for this. They've been wonderful so far. 

More details soon!

Just Announced: Feb 15 at The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX 

Dear Dallas Friends, 

Show announcement!! 

While I'm writing new music right now and that's got me completely engaged and fired up, there are a couple events I simply couldn't pass on because they were so cool. 

This is one of them: 

I'll be playing The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX at 7pm on February 15th with Rhett Miller. 

Friday, February 15th 
I go on at 7pm 
Rhett follows at 8pm 

It's free! 

Make plans and join us. After the music there's a free showing of the movie, Black Panther. 

Here are all the details at Nasher's website: 

'Til Midnight At The Nasher

Stay tuned for a couple more announcements in the coming weeks.


Or visit my TOUR PAGE for details!

Shows Coming Up in Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma! 

Friends and Listeners, 

Make plans and help spread the word!

This Saturday I’m playing a special solo show in Columbia, MO. The details are at 

Then a little over a week later Doug Lancio and I are doing a string of duo dates through Texas (and even one in Durant, OK!). I’m putting together a very special show for both these events. I’ve been experimenting with some sounds and atmospheres. Trying to find my inner Van Morrison meets “Tom Eno”. Yes... Waits meets Eno. 

Sometimes you gotta challenge yourself so you feel that lightning. Then it’s worth sharing. Don’t worry, the songs are still the songs. I’ll be drawing from all the records and probably sneak a cover in here and there. Above all, my hope is to bring some cool weather into every room we visit with... I’m excited about this. This is the first time Doug and I have done some duo shows together.

Makes plans and help us spread the word! 


Poster design by Joe Maiocco and thank you to Red11 Music for working so hard to put this together. And of course, thank you to the rooms and humans for having us!

Shows Next Week in ROCKFORD, CHICAGO, ST. LOUIS & NASHVILLE w/ Texas Shows Announcing Soon! 


It's been a beautiful summer. We're fresh from a beautiful tour with The Gaslight Anthem in The U.K. and Europe and now leaning into some shows in the US next week. 

The guys have been on fire and can't wait to see and play for you guys. Check out this video that was posted from our show in Cologne, Germany: 

Matthew Ryan and the Northern Wires play Then She Threw Me Like a Hand Grenade

So we're hopeful you'll come and see us next week. I'll have The Northern Wires with me next week. Just click the art below to see all details and ticket links for next week's shows. 

And pssst... Texas we're planning a string of dates for you guys in Late September/Early October. Those will be duo shows. I always love stripping things down a little. These will be announced very soon. Please keep an eye out. I love playing for you guys and you know, I'll get to extend summer a little coming through your part of the world.

Alright. See you guys soon!

M. Ryan