New Video: 'Life on Mars' 

I plan on posting lyric videos for all the songs on the album, rolling one out every 2-3 weeks or so. The album won't be out for another three weeks, but the first video is out now. It's for a song called "Life on Mars," which is the first track that appears on "The Shoestring Sessions" and ironically the last song I wrote and recorded for it.

"The Shoestring Sessions" is available now for presale at iTunes. You can download "Life of Mars" immediately upon purchase. The full album will be released on Dec. 11.

I wrote this song really deep into the recording process. As a songwriting exercise, to help force my brain to think in a different direction, I tried using a random-word generator on the internet to see if it could spark any ideas. I didn't dare commit to using the first word that popped up because that would be crazy. What if it gave me "muffins"? I can't write a cool song about muffins! Anyway, I just ran it a number of times until I found a word that I thought I could work with. Eventually, "Mars" popped up. Ooooh! Now we're talking! 

There are actually all these people who have already volunteered to settle Mars. They'd have to leave their lives on Earth behind to do so. And I got to thinking about the type of person who might offer to do something so adventurous yet bonkers. And I thought at least some of these people have to be looking for ways to run away from their problems.  

So "Life on Mars" is about a guy who wants to escape a woman in an emotionally abusive relationship yet cannot bring himself to do it. The only way to make it stick is to put about 53 million miles between them. 

And I don't care what you say, the footage in the video is totally what Mars looks like! :)

I Made a New Album! 

I have some exciting news!  

On December 11, I will be releasing a new album. It’s called “The Shoestring Sessions.” 

I’ve been working on this album most of this year — and in many ways, I’ve been working on it for the past 16 years, which is when I released my first album, “Public School, Fast Food and Blue Jeans.”  

Needless to say, this is way overdue.  

“The Shoestring Sessions” is true to my style. It's rock, it's pop, it's country. It's catchy. It's fun yet sad. It's loud at times, and it's coffeehouse quiet at others.

I had the pleasure of working with Brandon Pembo (bass), Roddy Ory (drums) and José Mora (guitar) again on this album, and I’m really proud of what we’ve created. I hope you’ll check it out. 

I will have more info soon on where “The Shoestring Sessions” will be available. I will also be sharing one of the songs with you before the release date, so check Facebook, Twitter and right here at the newly redesigned 

Also, I will be playing a virtual album release party on Thursday, December 10 at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central on my Facebook page — every song on the album performed acoustically. (Trust me, reminders are forthcoming!)  

I hope all has been well in your lives despite this difficult year. Thank you for all your support. I’ll be in touch with more details soon. 


Show Announcement: Cranford Porchfest 10/10/20 

Porchfests are apparently my new thing. I actually think they're a really cool idea. People offer up their front porches as stages and welcome musical acts throughout the day. Cranford, N.J. does a great Porchfest, and I'm excited to be a part of it this year. I'll be playing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 27 Williams St.

Keep an eye on for the full schedule. 

Also, be sure to bring your masks! They'll be enforcing that masks be worn and people are socially distanced. 

Porchfest Pushed Back to Sunday 

A quick update: The Roselle Park Porchfest is being pushed back to Sunday due to rain in the forecast. Everything else about the schedule is still the same. I'll be playing at 4:30 p.m. in front of the library.

Show Announcement: Roselle Park Porchfest 

What's this? A real in-person gig in 2020?

I'll be playing Saturday, Aug. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in front of the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library in my hometown of Roselle Park, New Jersey. It's part of the Roselle Park Porchfest.

Check out the full Porchfest schedule at It should be a great time. I hope you'll come join us if you live around these parts.

UPDATE: The rain date for Porchfest is Sunday, Aug. 30. (And rain is looking very possible.) Otherwise, same time, same place.

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