Baltimore’s Ryan Harvey has taken his powerful, insightful, and humorous songs and stories of activism, social movements, and political analysis around the world for the last ten years. Since 2011, he has performed in 19 countries, visiting some of the most infamous epicenters of recent uprisings including New York, Cairo, Athens, Madrid, and Lisbon. His most recent release, “Can’t Turn Back,” is themed around these movements and their impacts.
BIO / HISTORY
Ryan Harvey has taken his powerful, insightful, and humorous songs and stories of activism, social movements, and political analysis around the world for the last ten years.
Since releasing his 2011 album “Ordinary Heroes,” he has performed in 19 countries, visiting some of the most infamous epicenters of recent uprisings including New York, Cairo, Athens, Madrid, and Lisbon, to both share his songs and to collect stories and perspectives from those movement’s participants. His most recent release, “Can’t Turn Back,” is themed around these movements and their impacts.
With the unplugged story-telling of traditional American folk music, the compassionate alarm of early peace punk, and the lyrical punch of modern hiphop, Ryan’s songs belong to a somewhat new genre sometimes referred to as “Riot-Folk”. This term was the inspiration behind the naming of the Riot-Folk musician’s collective, of which Ryan has been a part of since it’s inception in 2004. Part of Riot-Folk’s “Making Folk a Threat Again” mission is in the political intention of the music.
In addition to his own 12 albums, Ryan has co-written songs with Tom Morello (The Nightwatchman/Rage Against The Machine), co-produced two benefit CDs for anti-war veterans’ organizations (A Line in the Sand in 2008 and A Soundtrack for Refusal in 2011), and organized many events connecting activist and musicians on various issues. Alongside this, he is also the guitarist/singer of punk band Bouncing Betty and is a writer, anti-war organizer, and carpenter.
He was born in and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ryan’s songs can be downloaded and purchased at http://www.ryanharveymusic.com or at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ryan-Harvey/207795152640654.
Global Economy (2009)
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“Ryan Harvey and his music have been on the front lines of important social justice struggles for years. He combines music, meaning and message with conviction and backs up his lyrics with action.”
- Tom Morello, The Nightwatchman/Rage Against The Machine
“Let’s not not damn local folk-singer Ryan Harvey with faint praise: His music is tuneful, paired with intelligent lyrics and sung with such conviction is would have made Joe Hill beam. Into political folk music? There’s no safer bet.”
- The Washington Post Express
“His music is rooted in his politics, and strikes an emotional and motivating chord.”
- Uprising Radio, KPFK Los Angeles
“Over the past seven years, Riot-Folk has grown out of its roots in the “punk folk” movement of the ’90s to become a major presence in the international folk community…”
“[Riot-Folk] are forging a new way of making music… they are setting an example of innovation and creativity, putting their politics into their actions.”
- Jen Angel, Aid & Abet