Want to sing on my new album? 

I’m finally making a new album, and I need your help! 

My vision for one of the songs is a chorus that sounds like a raucous barroom singalong. For this, I need many voices. That’s where you come in! 

I’m looking for 10-20 people to record themselves singing along. You can do it with your smartphone (although computers or other recording devices should be fine, too). I’ll just need you to email it to me when you’re done. Super easy! Think of it as the music equivalent to being an extra in an indie movie. 

You DON’T have to be a great singer. I actually prefer it if you’re not. Barroom singalongs don’t sound like Broadway productions, right? We actually want it to sound a little messy, like a bunch of belligerent drunks at 2 a.m. 

I’m looking for mostly guys, but I’ll take one or two female voices. (Please don’t think I’m discriminating. Think of it more as casting for a part.) 

So what’s in it for you? Unfortunately, I can’t pay you. But if I use your contribution, I will include your name in the album credits and give you a free digital download of the album when it’s released. 

Interested? Please email me at and I’ll tell you more. 

Livestream Show! 

Hi all, 

I can't leave my house right now, and most of you probably can't, either. But I think we should hang out anyway. 

I'll be playing a show tomorrow night (Tuesday, April 14) on Facebook Live. It starts at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central and will last about a half-hour. Just head over to my Facebook page ( then to watch. Or, if you "like" my Facebook page now, you should be notified when I go live. 

I hope you'll join me.  


It's been a while 

So if you look at the date of the previous entry, you'll see that I've neglected this blog. While I make no promises to post here daily or weekly or whatever, I'll try to do a better of job of checking in moving forward. Especially considering I'm planning to do more music-related things in 2020. Although the coronavirus is, of course, making that difficult. Let's hope we're all hanging out with friends and families and watching live music and sporting events very soon.

I did have a show scheduled for April 9 at the Neutral Ground Coffee House. But I had to cancel my trip down there, and the coffeehouse had to close for while.

I'm thinking of doing an online performance soon. I'm getting over a cold (yes, I'm pretty sure that's all it is). Once I get over this sore throat, can get a few rehearsals in, have confidence in the audio/video quality and set a date, I'll be sure to let you know. Checking back here, signing up for the email list or liking my Facebook page are the best ways to make sure you get the message.

Stay safe! Stay hopeful! Talk to you soon.



July 2 at the Neutral Ground 

Hi, everyone! 

I'll be back in New Orleans at the Neutral Ground Coffee House on Monday, July 2nd at 8 p.m. I hope to see you there. 

A couple of things that will be a little different about this show: 

1. Jordan Pembo (the daughter of my old bassist and good friend Brandon Pembo) will be playing starting at 7 p.m. So get there early for her! She's very talented and well on her way to doing some great things in music. 

2. I'm playing all requests! Maybe you've come to one of my shows and I didn't play a song you hoped to here. Not this time (time permitting, of course)! I'll even do some covers (preferably ones you've heard me do before), but you're going to have to request those by email or on social media in the next couple of days so I can have time to practice them. (The only exception to this request rule is that song with all the profanities I used to sing back in the day. You know the one! It has been retired. Sorry!) 

The Neutral Ground is located at 5110 Daneel St. in Uptown. Come on out! 

You rock! 
Ryan Chatelain

Make Music Roselle Park is in the books 

Thanks to everyone who came out to the first-ever Make Music Roselle Park last Thursday. And also a big thanks to everyone who helped me turn that idea into a reality. I was really pleased with how it went, but have ideas on how to make it bigger and better in 2019. Hopefully we just started a new tradition in Roselle Park, New Jersey. If you'd like to stay up to speed on Make Music Roselle Park, please follow our social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram



A few shows coming up 

I'm playing three shows in a little under a month's time coming up. Here's more about them:

Friday, June 8 -- Restaurant Week in Kenilworth, NJ
The town is doing its first-ever Restaurant Week and is featuring live music outside along the Boulevard. I'll be playing from 6-7 p.m. outside on Boulevard near South 24th Street (near Boulevard Five 72). For more on Restaurant Week, go here and here.

Thursday, June 21 -- Make Music Roselle Park in Roselle Park, NJ
This is the event that I'm starting this year. There will be live music from 5-9 p.m. at Michael J. Mauri Park (the gazebo), as well as during the evening rush hour at the train station. I'll be playing from 6:30-7. It should be a fun evening. You can find out more about the event at

Monday, July 2 -- Neutral Ground Coffee House in New Orleans, LA
Returning to my old stomping grounds. I'm thinking I'll do something a bit different at this show and make it an all-request show. I go on at 8 p.m., but you should really get there early because at 7 p.m. Jordan Pembo will be performing. She's the very talented daughter of Brandon Pembo, my good friend who played bass in my band. 

Hope to see you at a gig soon!

Throwback Thursday: 'Right Here' 

I haven't done one of these Throwback Thursday posts in a while. Sorry 'bout that!

Anyway, a while back I was looking at an old version of my website on the Wayback Machine and recovered this old homemade, solo-acoustic demo of a song called "Right Here" that I used to play. I believe I laid it down shortly after writing it. Maybe I'll bring it out of retirement sometime soon. Give it a listen.



Make Music Roselle Park 

I’m starting a music festival! 

I’m bringing Make Music Day, a celebration of music recognized in 800 cities across 120 countries, to my new hometown of Roselle Park, New Jersey. 

Basically, Make Music Day is a bunch of free, outdoor concerts each year on June 21, the summer solstice (the longest day of the year). The performances can be at parks, on sidewalks, even on front porches -- anywhere really as long it’s free and open to the public. Pretty much anyone may perform, and anyone may host a show. 

I had the idea for Make Music Roselle Park after I thoroughly enjoyed my experience playing at Make Music New York in 2016, and the Roselle Park Arts Committee and Borough of Roselle Park have been awesome in helping me make it happen. 

I’ll also be playing at the event, at Michael J. Mauri Gazebo Park. I’ll announce the time at a later date.

To learn more about Make Music Roselle Park, visit our website at

Photo by Kristy May/Copyright 2017

The long overdue Neutral Ground Coffee House post 

It's been more than two months since I played at the Neutral Ground Coffee House with Brandon and Jose. I meant to do this post a long time ago, but I'm just finally getting around to it. Unfortunately, my video camera failed me that night, but we did get some photos and audio. Here's "Tell Me Something I'll Remember." I have more pics and audio from this show that I hope to share with you here over time. So keep checking back or follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates. (Photo by the talented and beautiful Kristy May Chatelain.)

Fun at the Neutral Ground/Puerto Rico relief 

I had a lot of fun at the Neutral Ground playing with my ol' friends Brandon Pembo and Jose Mora. I plan to share photos and video from the show soon. In the spirit of Christmas, I promised to donate my entire tip basket to hurricane relief in Puerto Rico (which is where Jose is from). I delivered on that promise this morning. Thanks to everyone who came out last night and contributed to this. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!