Ryk Mead Band
The Ryk Mead Band, are
indeed a blues band but by definition a lot more. A Stunning
Power Blues, Jazz, Rock Trio. Through playing many different
styles of music it has always been the case that the blues has
had a deep influence on whatever type of material I’ve played.
As time progressed, so did the inclination to select the more
obscure and less trodden path of song and material I wanted to
play. It's hard to say whether this is my influence on the other
members of the band or if the others have joined because they
feel the same about the way music has influenced them. Whatever
the case my band has developed a style of its own. When i play
live the set may change from night to night. We might suddenly
change an arrangement or change direction at any moment within a
song. The basis of the song stays the same but things change,
imagination and feel for the moment take over; something new is
created. Not even the guy’s in the band know when it's coming.
This creates a tension and excitement that means things evolve
and develop night by night. With hard work it becomes possible.
This makes every gig potentially electrifying and new.
A howlin’ blues three piece - harmonica, guitar, drums –
modelled after acts on the Fat Possum label such as RL Burnside
and T Model Ford and in the tradition of Hound Dog Taylor and
the like. But we also throw in a good heap of Little Walter and
New Orleans music, including Professor Longhair and James
Booker, making for a unique mix. We’ve been featured in Blues in
Britain and our debut CD, a mix of originals and covers, has
been getting radio airplay on blues programmes around the
country and the US. Our motto: “Work all day for money, fight
all night for love.”