- "American Dirt"
- "Some Streets Lead Nowhere"
- "Jane, I Still Feel the Same"
- "Could've Been Worse"
Making a long-awaited return to Mountain Stage (his first visit was 10 years ago, when his debut album May Day was released), Matthew Ryan performs his organic and sparse folk tunes alongside Molly Thomas on piano and vocals.
As occasionally happens, due to the nature of live performance, Ryan's voice wasn't heard by the audience until the middle of his opening song. Slightly deterred after realizing this, he didn't check his tuning and had to re-start his second song. Still, Ryan is a consummate performer, and as he jokes with the audience, he comes off all the more charming. Mountain Stage host and artistic director Larry Groce includes the set in its entirety here, capturing the spontaneity of the show's live setting. Echoing Ryan's final song, Groce concluded that "it could've been worse."
Three of the songs heard here also appear on Ryan's latest CD, Matthew Ryan vs. The Silver State. "Some Streets Lead Nowhere" has been featured on the TV show One Tree Hill, and was issued as a digital single.
This segment originally ran Nov. 13, 2008.