Kick the Dirt
PRESS 'One of those albums that hits hard and never let's up - even as it makes you smile.' Jon Worley, Aiding and Abetting. "It has a higher gear than most outsider/self released CD's... Ryan Purcell has something to say and is not afraid to get his hands dirty" Fabio Cerbone - Roots Highway - Italy "A must for devotees of other bushbashers and ferverent musical antagonists of the war in Iraq. Deserves solid worldwide distribution!" Massmuzikas ""Enough" recalls Neil Young with Crazy Horse. A strong debut. "Kick the Dirt" will kick your ass!" Roots.be "Lovely swagger... and fine coal dust on the vocals." Altcountry.nl "Booze and hatin' on the President, is anything more American than that? According to Ryan Purcell, who is joined by ex-members of Young Fresh Fellows and Screaming Trees, no. With titles like 'The Decider' and 'Guantanamo,' following the tradition of songwriters like Steve Earle and Johnny Cash, Purcell's battle-scarred vocals lead the singalongs on topics like whiskey, gambling, Alabama, marijuana, beer, Jesus, mud, lying to himself, politics, being forty-four years old, gin, sweat, gunpowder, blood and just flat out anti-war rants." mark - 75 words or less "Very sad and very funny. Guantanamo is a great song." Greg Vandy KEXP90.3 Ryan Purcell releases his debut CD, Kick the Dirt, a "great, foot tapping" collection of "blue collar, down-to-earth Americana." The sardonic bluesy kick of 'Guantanamo,' opens the CD. Called a "very sad and very funny song" by Greg Vandy, (DJ: KEXP 90.3 The Roadhouse) it showcases Ryan Purcell's rough and ready vocals, a loose - in the best sense of that word - band in fine alt-country form, and serves as the perfect soundtrack for the waning days of the Bush administration. Described as: "a dash of country, the blues, soul and grit... all plastered on top of a base of rollicking folk," Ryan Purcell's Kick the Dirt "reminds me a lot of Billy Bragg... delivered in a sound that's highly reminiscent of mid-70s Neil Young." More Jon Worley: Aiding and Abetting. Political lyrics mix with more personal themes of disappointment and loss throughout the recording. However it avoids being either preachy or a downer, due to a bone dry sense of humor and a sense that all things are still possible. A highlight of many bands featuring brothers is the singing, and Kick the Dirt is no exception. Evan Purcell, also playing slide and lead guitar, sings backup, and his higher, sweeter backing vocals blend perfectly with the gritty lead vocals of his older brother. The recording also features the inventive drumming of Mark Pickerel (Screaming Trees, Niko Case) and Jim Sangster (Young Fresh Fellows, The Picketts) on bass. Ryan Purcell, with a live act recently formed and ready to hit the clubs in 2008, "should bring a smile to many faces... and the website is well worth a look too." (Americana UK) (Ryanpurcell.net) Bio: Ryan Purcell moved around a lot growing up, living at various times in Chicago, Illinois; The Hague, The Netherlands; Grand Forks, North Dakota; Frankfurt, Germany; Des Moines, Iowa; and Seattle, Washington; but music was always a constant, if ever evolving, presence in his family life. His father once played before legendary blues singer Big Bill Broonzy, and studied at the famed Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago during the folk revival of the late 50's. The songs learned there became family favorites they continue to play today and clearly influence Ryan Purcell's style. 'Kick the Dirt,' is a recording filled with tunes that could easily have come from that same songbook. He is also a film maker, having directed and produced the feature documentary film, 'Kennewick Man: An Epic Drama of the West,' and works as a cinematographer in independent film when his schedule allows.