Ryan Cain is a WV native musician who has  traveled the East Coast for more than twenty years performing early rock 'n' roll hits and his original material.

Exciting live performances have gained the band a large fan base of all ages that grows every day. His 2012 album “My Pistol Rides Shotgun,” was critically acclaimed and was nominated for an Ameripolitan Award for “Best New Rockabilly Album.” Singles from that album went on to earn a spot in a NASCAR/Mobil 1 Oil advertisement campaign, while another track was used in the CW’s hit series “Supernatural.” With the release of his 2016 album, "Cupid and the Devil," Cain reached new personal artistic heights - a real "musician's choice." 

In 2020, Cain teamed up with pianist, Matt Jordan, whose repertoire includes touring with Reverend Horton Heat and Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats; and Clint Lewis on upright bass, the immensely talented Mountain Stage veteran who also toured internationally with The Wild Rumpus.

Cain is currently recording his next album due for release in 2022.



 

Ryan Cain with Gretsch

A multi-instrumentalist, Cain is equally versed in the honky-tonk and country sounds, as well as early soul and doo-wop, giving his live shows a range and variety rarely seen in modern professional shows. Prompted by audience requests, Cain will readily dive into surf-rock instrumentals, country, or soul classics.

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The Band

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Matt Jordan

Piano, vocals

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Clint Lewis

Upright bass

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Lindsey Bailey

Snare drum, vocals

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Behind the Music

Regionally, Cain is known as "The Real Deal" of Rockabilly.  He came to earn the moniker not only from his performances, but also from his lifestyle. Ryan grew up in a rural, low-income setting with family and neighbors who had never progressed past the 1950's. Though they didn't have much, his father's record collection took up much of the family's living space. Seemingly born in  the wrong decade, Ryan was schooled by Sun, Decca, and Chess records and spent endless hours imitating his idols, including his late father - an original "greaser".  Ryan's love and encyclopedic knowledge of early American music and culture comes out in his live performance, which is faithful and reverent while maintaining the visceral, immediate energy of the originals. 

 

But, Cain is more than an historian. His two albums of original tunes display his talent and originality as a songwriter and musician.  The surly, grinding guitar riffs of "Yes, Indeedy" commands attention, while in the exuberant murder tale told in "My Pistol Rides Shotgun," Cain drives his guitar breaks past traditional rockabilly straight into the whirling sounds of a carnival.

Cain talks about living in his "Hepcat Habitat" in his rockabilly rave-up song of the same name, and while the song is pure fun, it's a genuine reflection of the center of his music and lifestyle - that is, even while exploring styles going back decades to Memphis, New Orleans, or the West Coast, Cain's music, like the man himself, remains uniquely, at times, defiantly, West Virginian.

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 [Cain] really carries on a tradition of West Virginian music. You know, going all the way back to early bluegrass Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, they nearly always had a West Virginian in their touring bands and Ryan's a continuation of that, maybe not in the exact style, but certainly in spirit. Or you take a soul singer like Bill Withers or a wild man like Hasil Adkins, or just locals doing country standards at a community building in little rural towns; it's all in there - you can hear it"

- M.C. Mills