Dallas, Texas export, rabble-rouser and rock-country star Ryan Hamilton and his UK band The Traitors.
Fountains of Wayne meets the Wild Hearts. Occasionally heart-on-sleeve but always tongue-in-cheek, Ryan’s songs are a sideways and smart take on the Rock ‘n’ Roll cliché while being the perfect top-down road trip soundtrack.
Frontman Ryan cut his teeth as a solo artist, winning fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Having found heaven in collaboration with Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup with project People on Vacation, Ryan had to team up with likeminded musical folk once again. This time it was in Scotland where he discovered the other Traitors and Wild Hearts driving-force, one Ginger Wildheart.
Latest single ‘Smarter’ was released earlier in August, a perfect ode to the welcome onset of moderation in middle age. Being a bit older and wiser doesn’t necessarily have to mean opting for the stark choice of complete sobriety or being that last guy at the party. Ryan’s clearly quite comfortable somewhere resting in the middle, between a raging Keith Richards and the new puritans of the west coast’s health fads. Ryan’s still here for a good time, but heck, he’s got stuff to do in the morning and he’d quite like to get on with it without a headache.
“The chorus is a little cheeky… but it… actually comes from a very personal place. ‘I’m still not clean, and I’m not sober. I’m just a little bit smarter and a whole lot older’ ” – Ryan Hamilton
If you’re looking for a swaying hug of a record though, you can’t go wrong with the band’s popular ballad ‘Heavy Heart’ which has given the band’s UK tour its moniker
When Can I See Them Live?
You can catch Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors playing live on their the HEAVY HEART tour at a venue near you this week! Full dates below…
Tue 22nd Hare & Hounds Kings Heath Birmingham
Wed 23rd The Bodega Nottingham
Thu 24th Thekla Bristol Bristol
Fri 25th Borderline London
Get tickets to upcoming Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors at ticketweb.co.uk/ryanhamilton