Following the January release of the single ‘Can I Get An Amen’ earlier this year, Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts recently released the single ‘Jesus & John Lennon’. A songwriting collaboration with mentor Stevie Van Zandt, we had Ryan tackled our Boom! questions …
How did you first start making music?
I went to Abilene Christian University, to play golf. Yes, really. Haha. I injured my back, and found myself sitting around, A LOT. I decided to teach myself how to play guitar. So, I bought an acoustic, and an Eagles anthology chord book. Who knew a golf injury would work out so well! It’s the most UN rock n roll “How did you get started in music?”. Haha.
What artists have influenced your sound?
Being born and raised in Texas has been a big influence. Old school Country and Classic Rock are around you all the time. The music of Tom Petty has always spoken to me in a different way. He’s from the South. Maybe that’s why. But his music is extra special to me. Gotta mention Bob Dylan too. Both of those dudes. I wouldn’t make the music I make, without their influence.
What was the inspiration behind you new single?
The idea that no matter how hard you try, certain things are destined to fall apart. But you still gotta try your best, right? Or, no? If you knew things were going to fall apart anyway, would you still try your best? Especially if it’s something you truly love.
What have been your favourite records of 2020 so far?
I’ve pretty much been listening to John Prine, and Elliott Smith. Non stop. I haven’t heard anything “new” that I really fell in love with, in a while.
If you could give one tip to any aspiring bands what would it be?
Always stay true to yourself. Find the thing that makes you, YOU… and stick to it. It will be the thing that sets you apart.
Nowhere To Go But Everywhere – the second album by Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts, is released on Wicked Cool Records, September 18, 2020.