2010 Crossroads Guitar Contest Winner
At age 25, Albuquerque, New Mexico native Ryan McGarvey has in a relatively short amount of time not only gained a national, and international fan base, but admiration from his personal idols as well. In the past few years of Ryan's career he has had the honor, and the pleasure of sharing the bill with such top name act's as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Back Door Slam, Gov't Mule, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and many more.
His debut CD release "Forward In Reverse" recently reached the top 20 (out of over 200,000 Artist's Cd's) on the best sellers list on CDBaby.com (The worlds largest online independent distributor). With rave reviews complimenting everything from his fiery guitar chops, which range from everything from delta slide to heavy rock, his unique vocals, or mature songwriting skills, Ryan McGarvey's live shows will leave you breathless and wanting more. Absorbing influences from everything from early delta blues, to classic hard rock, to more contemporary blues/rock artist's of today.
In 2006 Ryan was named Guitar Center 's "Guitarmaggeddon: Next King Of The Blues" champion of New Mexico . For three consecutive years (2007-2009) he was named "Blues Act Of The Year". As well Ryan was named "Best Guitarist Of The Year" for 2009 in The Weekly Alibi's Annual Readers Poll. In 2007 Ryan took home the New Mexico Music Award for "Blues Song Of The Year" for his song "Cryin' Over You", and was nominated for "Mainstream Rock Song Of The Year" for his song "The One That Got Away". In 2008 Ryan was once again nominated for "Blues Song Of The Year" for his blues ballad "Blue Eyed Angel Blues". Most recently Ryan was featured by the editors of Guitar Player Magazine twice during the Summer of 2008 in their publication. Ryan has also been featured in magazines such as Music Connection, Premier Guitar Magazine, Music & Musicians Magazine, Blues Review, and more. Ryan has been named "Best Musician" from Albuquerque The Magazine's Annual "Best Of The City" Readers Poll in 2008 & 2010. In addition he was named "Best Vocalist" in 2011.
Ryan plays a Category 5 RM-50 amplifier.
Ryan McGarvey website
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