'The Shoestring Sessions' Reissued 


“Could I start over again? 

I think I finally figured it out. 

Maybe a second chance is all we ever need.” 

--Ryan Chatelain, “New Beginnings” 


Yes, I quoted myself, and I know that’s really weird. But what I’m about to tell you is weird, too, and the quote seemed appropriate: I have reissued “The Shoestring Sessions.” 

Why? Without getting too into the nitty-gritty, I wasn’t thrilled with the mixes on the album. And as much as it bugged me, I kept telling myself: “It’s too late, Ryan. Let it go, dude! There’s nothing you can do about it now.” (I talk to myself A LOT!) But then I discovered there was something I could do about it. And if I was going to put these songs out into the world, I wanted them to feel right to me. I poured my heart and soul and a shitload of hours into this thing. These are my babies! 

So, yeah, I’ve reissued the album. It’s weird. But that’s what I did. And I really do think it was the right call. The original version has essentially been erased. It’s no longer on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Bandcamp, etc. It might still be floating around there on some lesser-known download sites, but that’s all. 

If you’ve already purchased the album …  

You are eligible to receive this new version for FREE. (Seriously, trash the old ones.) If you purchased the digital album or physical CD through my website, I already know who you are and will be contacting you in the coming days to confirm your mailing address hasn’t changed. If you purchased it through another site, just send some sort of proof that you did (a receipt, a screengrab of it in your iTunes library, etc.) to and I’ll send you a link to download the album or send you a CD (matching whichever media you previously bought). 

If you haven’t purchased the album …  

What are you waiting for? It’s never sounded better! You can buy the digital album at (where you’ll find the best price), iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and elsewhere. Just be sure the version you are purchasing is called “The Shoestring Sessions (Reissue).” CDs are available exclusively at my website and shows.  

If you’re a download service kinda person …  

It’s also on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, etc. 

Oh yeah, videos! 

I had been posting a new song lyric video every few weeks. I got about halfway through before I stopped to focus on remixing the album. I’m picking back up with one video a week — first the ones I hadn’t gotten to yet, and then I’ll circle back to the ones I previously released but with the new audio on them. You can find those videos at and on my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages, starting today with “Crazy" (below). So follow, like, subscribe, check back often, whatever you need to do to make sure you don’t miss the future ones. 

Thank you for all your support!

Weirdly yours,

Album Art 

Since most people don't buy physical CDs these days (hey, I admittedly am one of them!), I thought I'd share the art we created here. 



Inside Left

Inside Right (Tray)


CD Face

The Album Is Out 

It's release day!

"The Shoestring Sessions" is available NOW on all your major download services -- iTunes, Amazon, Google, YouTube Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc., etc., etc. If you want the physical CD, you can buy it right here at (where you can also buy the download version as well). 

I just want to say thanks again to everyone who helped me make the album, including my band -- Brandon Pembo, Roddy Ory, Jose Mora. Those guys are great friends and extraordinary musicians, and I was so fortunate to have them along for this ride. 

I also want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me, whether you came to a show, bought an album, told a friend about my music, etc. Sincerely, you are the best!

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.