Mike Ryan brings new music to Waco show

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For those in the crowd at Mike Ryan’s Friday night show who sigh with relief at getting out of the house, the Texas country singer-songwriter can relate.

Some songwriters took advantage of an unwelcome time off due to coronavirus cancellations to write lots of new songs. Ryan spent a lot of time at his Granbury home corralling his and his wife’s two toddler boys, ages 3 and 18 months.

“It seems like with no touring, a songwriter would have plenty of time to be writing songs, but I didn’t find it easy trying to be creative around the house with two toddlers,” he said. “I wouldn’t take it back. They’re at a fast-growing stage of their life. But I’m certainly looking forward to get back to work.”

That’s not to say fans at Friday’s concert won’t hear something new to join the ranks of No. 1 singles like “Dear Country Music,” and “Damn Good Goodbye” when Ryan and his six-piece band takes the stage. He was five songs into recording his next album when pandemic shutdowns began and closed the way to the Nashville studio he was using. Read more