Ry­der ready to rock out

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

WA coun­try rock artist Ray Ry­der is bring­ing his band to Roe­bourne for a free, all-ages gig on Fri­day, March 24 at Ngurin Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Cen­tre.

Ry­der is one of the State’s upand-com­ing coun­try per­form­ers, and has shared the stage with Sting, Chris Isaak, John Farn­ham, Shirley Bassey, James Mor­ri­son, Bryan Ferry, and the Scream­ing Jets.

Start­ing in WA, Ry­der’s Bringin’ it to the Coun­try na­tional tour will see him and his band play 45 free con­certs and travel al­most 20,000km by June.

Au­di­ences can ex­pect to hear plenty of Ry­der’s new songs and a few coun­try clas­sics with a twist.

“I am ex­cited to be tak­ing my new songs on the road with my band, cre­at­ing a fun, en­er­gy­filled show­case of orig­i­nal mu­sic for peo­ple of all ages,” Ry­der said.

“The shows give au­di­ences a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with a group of mu­si­cians who re­ally love what they do.”

The tour fol­lows the re­lease of his self-ti­tled de­but al­bum last year and fo­cuses on re­gional ar­eas. Ry­der is an ex­pe­ri­enced singer-song­writer, who has been en­ter­tain­ing mu­sic fans and per­form­ing in thou­sands of venues na­tion­wide for more than 20 years.

He has been added to the line-up for the 2017 Birdsville Big Red Bash along­side some of the big­gest names in mu­sic in the coun­try, in­clud­ing Lee Ker­naghan, Missy Hig­gins and Kate Ce­ber­ano.

Lo­cated in the Simp­son Desert in Queens­land, the 2017 Birdsville Big Red Bash is known as the most re­mote mu­sic fes­ti­val in the world, and at­tracts Aussie mu­sic su­per­stars and thou­sands of peo­ple ev­ery year.

Ry­der will also be host­ing free mu­sic work­shops in var­i­ous towns across re­gional WA while on tour.

The work­shops are sup­ported by the State Gov­ern­ment’s Roy­al­ties for Re­gions pro­gram, ad­min­is­tered by the De­part­ment of Cul­ture and the Arts in con­sul­ta­tion with the De­part­ment of Re­gional Devel­op­ment.

Ry­der will bring his show to New­man, South Hed­land and Tom Price in mid-May.

For more in­for­ma­tion about tour dates, visit rayry­der.com. au.

Ray Ry­der will play in Roe­bourne next week­end.

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