Ryan Montbleau Breaks the Mold on New LP ‘For Higher’
Hometown CD Release Party June 23 on the Rock and Blues Cruise
Special Guests to include Sarah Borges and The Primate Fiasco
Boston, MA – June 6 -The Ryan Montbleau Band’s June 23 performance on the Rock and Blues t Cruise will be a very special celebration. That night will be the official Boston CD Release party for Ryan’s new album, For Higher. And a party it will be. Ryan will be joined on board by special guests Sarah Borges and The Primate Fiasco, creating a multi-deck festival on the Provincetown II. Tickets for the Ryan Montbleau Band Concert Cruise are available at www.rockandbluescruise.com
In recording For Higher, Montbleau broke with tradition, leaving behind the comfort of his touring band for a whirlwind series of sessions in New Orleans with some of the city's best musicians. Producer Ben Ellman of Galactic assembled an all-star cast including keyboard/B-3 player Ivan Neville, guitar-master Anders Osborne, drummer Simon Lott, and Meters bassist George Porter, Jr. to push Montbleau's soulful and soaring voice into uncharted territory.
""I have a band that I've been touring with for years, and usually by the time we head into the studio the songs are pretty well mapped out,"" says Montbleau. ""This is a totally different record than I've ever made."" While a few of the album's 10 tracks were already part of the Ryan Montbleau Band's ever-growing live repertoire, the majority, including four handpicked cover tunes -- stone soul nuggets from Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, forgotten super group Rhinoceros, and the late Muscle Shoals guitarist Eddie Hinton -- came together spontaneously with little prep work.
NPR recently highlighted Montbleau's grassroots success ""earning fans the old fashioned way"" with 200 shows-per-year including performances at major festivals like Bonnaroo, Gathering of the Vibes, and Life is good. He also contributed songs to Trombone Shorty's Grammy-nominated breakout album, 'Backatown,' and its follow up, 'For True,' and has co-written tracks with Soulive's Eric Krasno.
For Higher was funded through a PledgeMusic campaign. A full-service dynamic company, not just a static fundraising platform, PledgeMusic offers artists and fans direct and innovative ways for each to share in the music making experience..
Rock and Blues Cruises sail on the Provincetown II operated by Bay Sate Cruise Company. Cruises depart from the World Trade Center Pier at 200 Seaport Blvd, in the Seaport District of Boston. Advance tickets are available online at www.rockandbluescruise.com.Online ticketing closes four hours before sailing on the day of the event. If the show is not sold out, tickets will be available at the Bay State Cruise Box Office located at the pier starting 90 minutes before sailing. Rock and Blues Cruises sail rain or shine.
The 2012 summer schedule is:
June 22 Carbon Leaf Boarding at 7:00PM
With The Jason Spooner Trio Sailing at 8:00 PM
June 23 Ryan Montbleau Band Boarding at 7:00PM
With The Primate Fiasco and Sarah Borges Sailing at 8:00 PM
July 3 Bellevue Cadillac Boarding at 7:00PM
with special guests The Evan Goodrow Band Sailing at 8:00 PM
July 6 Booty Vortex Boarding at 7:00PM
Sailing at 8:00 PM
July 15 The English Beat Boarding at 2:00PM
Sailing at 3:00 PM
July 22 Beatlejuice Boarding at 2:00PM
Sailing at 3:00 PM
July 27 Passim Presents the Melissa Ferrick Band Boarding at 7:00PM
With special guest Rose Polenzani Sailing at 8:00PM
July 29 PledgeMusic presents the Boarding at 2:00PM
Boston Rock and Soul Festival Sailing at 3:00 PM
August 12 John Brown’s Body with Dub Apocalypse Boarding at 2:00PM
Presented by Fort Awesome and MySecretBoston Sailing at 3:00 PM
August 26 Passim presents Lori McKenna Boarding at 2:00PM
With special guest Liz Longley Sailing at 3:00 PM