Mr. Ryan Summers of Weatherford, Texas is currently touring with the Mike Ryan Band as the Gutiarist of the band. His hobbies include aside from playing guitar are hunting, fishing, cooking.
When and why did you start playing?
“I started playing guitar when I was about 13 or 14, but never really took it seriously until I got in to college. I had a lot of spare time in college and decided to really focus on learning why and how things worked on guitar.”
What was the first tune(s) you learned?
“Oh man that’s funny. I think the first real song I learned all the way through was Dammit by Blink 182. I had the spiked hair, and skater shoes to match! Haha.”
Is your family musical?
“I do have quite a few musical people throughout my family. My uncle Dale was a big influence in getting me serious about the blues, something I still appreciate. My grandfather’s brother was a well-known Big Band drummer, and I have a young cousin who is a really great singer.”
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
“Paul McCartney because it’s Paul McCartney.
Norah Jones has such an eloquent style that I’ve always loved.
Other than that it’s a big spread ranging from old blues cats to some pop bands. Good music is good music.”
Which famous musicians have you learned from?
“Well I’m not sure that I’ve “trained” under any truly famous musicians or anything like that. But I’ve definitely (tried to) ripped off lots of guitar licks from SRV, Mayer, and Keef!”
What are your fondest musical memories?
“Some of my favorite musical memories are getting together with friends at the house, hanging out and just jamming. I’ve been fortunate enough to surround myself with a bunch of really talented people and when we can just get together and jam, its super refreshing. I lived in Lubbock for 7 years and that was kind of the thing out there. Finish your gig, head home and meet up with the other players who had just finished theirs. Have a couple beers and make noise.”
Were you influenced by old records & tapes?
“I didn’t grow up with the vast vinyl collection and record player like some. Though I’ve begun to really appreciate it recently. I do remember going to record stores and stocking up on random CDs, and trying to learn about new players and new styles.”
What’s your favorite thing about being on the road?
“I think my favorite thing about being on the road is the band and crew. We spend a ton of time together and they’re some of my best friends. That’s pretty awesome if you ask me.”
What’s the funniest thing that’s happened on the road?
“Well I can’t tell you that! But there’s been too many to count. One time we played a show in Houston and they didn’t provide hotels. The bass player, Casey and I really needed a shower. We finally were desperate enough to pull in to a random hotel, jump in their pool and rinse off and run back to the van. I’d say we’re probably not welcomed back there.”
Best place to eat while on the road?
“There’s a ton of places. I kind of keep a mental list of different cities. But the Green Chile burger at Golden Light Cantina in Amarillo is hard to beat.”
What’s the best town play in?
“For me it’s Lubbock. But I’m a bit biased I suppose. 🙂 Fort Worth shows are a close second.”