The River Front Times
Best Folk Artist - 2010
"Consider Ryan Spearman the jujitsu master of folk music. Whether as a solo artist or
performing around town with formal and informal blues and old-time groups, he uses
his considerable knowledge of folk material and unassailable skill on guitar, mandolin,
banjo, harmonica and fiddle to disarm any attempt to fix tradition in history books or on
wax cylinders. Spearman's 2010 album Live at the Chapel is no less than a clinic on
how to update tradition without losing what makes mastering the old language worthwhile.
His music speaks to the old spirits and teaches them a thing or two about contemporary
life and song as well."
Five Strings House Concerts
"The best word I can think of to describe Ryan and his music is authentic. Every note from
his many instruments and his beautiful voice rings so true, and he is a truly talented songwriter.
I was absolutely mesmerized during his performance and I think mostly everyone in the house
was too. I get chills remembering how wonderfully, perfectly silent it was as Ryan played, and
then how loud and appreciative the applause was as soon as each song was done."
"To say that Ryan Spearman is a talented musician would be like saying that Michael Schumacher
is a good driver. Fact is, Spearman can play pretty much anything he touches and play it incredibly
well. In fact, he can even make glorious music on instruments that weren’t meant to be instruments
at all. He’s also an accomplished composer and teacher."
Sing Out! Magazine
"...The musicianship is good, especially Ryan Spearman's fiddle work.