An amazing multi-genre talent, Ryan Davidson is one of Canada's premiere guitarists. Multiple winner of the CCMA Guitarist of The Year Award, Ryan is equally at home as a screaming-shredding rock star, a nails country guitarist and a swinging jazz artist. Here is his bio in his own words:
Sometime around my 6th birthday, I told my parents that I wanted to play the guitar. On Christmas day of that same year, Santa left a classical guitar under the tree. I was still too small to begin lessons but when I was 8 years old, this journey began. I was not a natural musician. My first guitar teacher told me that it was going to be very frustrating for me due to this fact. Luckily, I knew very early on that it would be a rewarding lifelong pursuit. This stretched into my mid teens and just as playing hockey phased out of the picture, I realized I was not classical concert guitarist material.
At 15, my father bought me an electric guitar and I began learning from my father’s old rock and roll records and our neighbor’s classical record collection. I played a variety of instruments in my high school band and begin making money at performing when I was 16.
I left high school to attend Grant MacEwan Community College for a two-year diploma. I was a full time student, waiter at nights as well as playing gigs anytime I could. With excellent grades, I dropped out of college fours months before graduation due to lack of funds and landing a fulltime country music gig. I thought I would save up and go back next year…
Ten years passed of fulltime roadwork in the Canadian country music market and at 29, I decided it was time to go back to school. I finished and graduated from GMCC, completed my undergrad at Saint Francis Xavier University and then transferred directly to the University of North Texas. In my final year at UNT, I was fortunate enough to audition into the One O’Clock Lab Band. It was also Steve Wiest’s first year as director of the band. The One O’Clock recorded the album “Lab 09” that year which earned two Grammy nominations.
In 2010, I moved back to my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and began freelancing in many genres. I was fortunate enough to be on some Juno winning recordings and performed live extensively in Canada and the USA. I was honored to have been nominated five times for Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA) guitarist of the year and took home the award twice.
On March 3rd, 2013, my phone rang…it was Steve Wiest. He had an idea for an epic project called “Concerto For Folded Space”. When he told me the project would not only be challenging but would include Jimmy Pankow(Chicago), Bob Mintzer, Arlington Jones and many others, I couldn’t get the “yes” out fast enough. It took nearly a year and a half to complete.
On February 2nd, 2015, Steve sent me a message describing a rock project featuring horns that he described as “rocked out incredibly funky jaw dropping ear candy”. It would later be named Vinyl Hampdin. Again the answer was of course, “yes!”
With the recording done and videos shot, I am convinced people will enjoy Vinyl Hampdin. We had fun making it, I think you’ll have fun listening to it.
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