We had been hearing rumors about Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband for several months now, but these guys are based out of Salt Lake City Utah and our first chance to see them in action at a live performance was during this year's CMAfest. We caught one of their performances at the Chevy "All Access Music Tour" Stage located in the Sports Zone and were immediately impressed with them.
The look, feel, and sound of Ryan and the Rubberband is different than your normal everyday country music band, the best way to describe them is that they are kind-of-like the Foggy Mountain Boys after a collision with R.E.M .
Their Set list included:
Will you Love Me
Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband have been tearing up the Utah Hills for nearly a decade and they already have four independent Cd's under their belt: If I Were A Bird, Simplified, The Gift (Christmas music), and a Live CD.
They've just signed a record deal with Capitol Records and will have another CD out later this year so be on the lookout for it and you can catch their "Dream Big" video on CMT.
This band writes and plays all of their own stuff even on their albums, you won't find any session players here, no sir. You also won't find any fluff or filler music; these guys need only to bring themselves and their incredible talent with them. This multi-talented band consists of-
- fiddle, guitar and mandolin
- guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo and ukulele
- drummer, fiddle
The word "Band" is the key word for these guys, they all show off their multi-talented artistry and vocals on the stage and blend together just like a cup of Maxwell House Coffee in the morning-"Good to the last drop" or in this case "Good till the Last Note".
Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband have bounced into the Nashville scene and we expect them to be here for a while.
You can find them on the web at