It took a near-death breakdown across the country to help Ryan Paul find his voice. The Minneapolis native entered the music scene in 1999 as Jeremy Ylvisaker’s (Andrew Bird/Alpha Consumer) guitar tech and began playing guitar and touring with a smattering of Twin Cities art-rock bands.
Ryan gathered a band of veteran Minneapolis musicians, including Paul’s father on guitar and mandolin, and
acclaimed drummer Steve Goold, Paul formed Ryan Paul and the Ardent in 2008. Originally intended as a onetime project, the band emerged as a vehicle for Ryan’s sincere songwriting – a genre-bending brand of Americana rooted in Paul’s personal struggles and story.
•In June of 2009, Ryan Paul & THE ARDENT released their first full-length record titled “La Vita Nuova”.
• In June of 2010, the ban d released the digital EP, “Cute Souvenirs Session” – Tracked and mixed in just 10 hours. “The EP exhibits an impressive development in craftsmanship, as well as a much darker character that has acquired comparisons of such opposing artists; The Cure, The Smiths and Arcade Fire.” – Indie Music Finds
• Since 2008, the band has established themselves in the Midwest, playing out constantly, as well as sharing bills with larger acts like Sam Roberts, Rock Plaza Central, and Kid Dakota.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“…a band rapidly outgrowing the alt-country label slapped on their debut.” -City Pages
“Ryan Paul and the Ardent traffic in the sort of dusky folk-pop that’s long had its bread buttered here in town… slightly urban and gritty quality to the work that separates it out from the legions of Jayhawks imitators in their midst.” – Twin Cities Metromix