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Ryan Humbert Live at The Grape Room in Philadelphia
Live music can help you connect with an artist in a way that just isn’t possible on an album. It’s an opportunity for the artist to create a moment that exclusively for those in the audience. Ryan Humbert took the opportunity on July 13 to show everyone at the Grape Room in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia exactly what he was all about.
Humbert, who performs with a full band on his recent album Sometimes the Game Plays You, performed as an acoustic trio with Emily Bates and Erin Vaughn. The result was an extremely intimate and stripped down set. It gave the songs of this Americana album a warm feel while adding dimension to previous songs from the more pop album Old Soul, New Shoes.
One highlight of seeing Humbert’s live performance his how his voice’s character shines in a way that could never be recorded. It’s warm and inviting, like his personality. Together with the harmonies of Bates, he can mesmerize an audience. Songs such as “Boulevard to Nowhere” demonstrate his raw vocal ability as he belts out notes during the bridge.
The performance was genuine and engaging as he played tracks from different albums. Humbert even played “Weathering the Storm” a track written with Tracey Thomas not on one of his records. One track that stood out as different as a trio was “Redemption” from his previous album. On the recording the song is very rock driven but performed acoustically it takes on some Nashville influences. The guitar and vocals were showcased with definition and grace.
Of course though Humbert’s set was emotionally charged and engaging, a lot was lost on the audience. The Grape Room has a great indie music vibe but isn’t set up well for acoustic sets. A regular bar crowd left Humbert fighting for the audience’s attention. Coffee shops and listening room venues would be a more welcoming and engaging audience for this talented musician.
As Humbert’s career develops his live show will be what drives him to the next level. His warm voice and approachable personality shines on stage. Whether playing with a full band or in a small intimate acoustic trio, Humbert can deliver life to all of his songs.
Genre: Americana, Pop
Location: Akron, Ohio
Band Members: Ryan Humbert, Emily Bates, Erin Vaughn,
Record Label: Rock Ridge Music
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