Friday, July 16, 2010
Ryan Star & Matt Hires - Aloft Hotel, Lexington 7.12.10
Matt Hires performed first, and I had never heard of him before, other than him touring with Jason Castro earlier this year, but I really enjoyed his set. He sang about 5 songs and I'm definitely going to be checking him out further, because he was excellent. After Matt wrapped up, I leaned over and made a comment to Brooke about how I didn't see Ryan lurking around, and she goes "He's sitting right behind you." I spin around and sure enough he had stood up. Sneaky boy.
Ryan took the stage shortly thereafter and opened with Brand New Day. This was the first time I'd ever seen him totally acoustic - every other time has always been full band or with Dallin. He was in great voice and it was a very cool experience to just hear him and the guitar. Brand New Day has been a mantra of mine for a little while, as has a lot of his other songs, so its always great to hear that live.
The highlight of his set, at least for me, was when he sang In Your Eyes. I'd been dying to hear him do that live ever since I saw the video from Live at the Vineyard earlier this year with the Backstreet Boys backing him up. His version was beautiful and haunting and I was so fortunate to hear it live.
Other than Brand New Day and In Your Eyes, the complete set list was as follows: Brand New Day • Last Train Home • In Your Eyes • Famous Yet (By Request) • Breathe • Back Of Your Car (with Airplanes and Ke$ha thrown in). Back Of Your Car has been what he's been closing with and it's really the perfect song - tons of energy with a lot of innuendo thrown in and it mashes up perfectly with Airplanes. We ended up back inside and mingled for a couple of hours, and Ryan had made his way back outside later with about 10 or so of us, as he had promised someone had arrived late that he would play a song for them.
I finally got home around 1am, stayed up until 2, and paid for it Tuesday at work. It was absolutely worth it. Bottom line - if Ryan comes to your area - go. Don't miss it. He's not only an amazing musician, but an amazing person as well. And don't forget that 11:59 drops on August 3! You can use the preorder button on my page to preorder from Amazon.