by J.D. Reager
Ace Memphis session drummer and neo-soul singer-songwriter Ryan Peel will release his long-awaited debut solo recording this week in the form of a 2-song single ("Even If" b/w "Didn't See It Coming") available in both digital and 7" vinyl formats.
The single is being released by local producer/musician Scott Bomar's emerging Electraphonic label, which also issued the most recent albums from home-grown modern soul acts The City Champs and The Bo-Keys. Bomar, who plays bass for The Bo-Keys, also served as the producer for all three projects, including Peel's.
"Scott is very laid back and easy to work with," says Peel. "A lot of his production style is about making sure the vibe is right and that the artist is comfortable. We spent a lot of time joking around and having fun, while still taking the music seriously and trying to get the best takes."
The highly in-demand Peel has performed with everyone from Star & Micey to Al Kapone to Alicja Trout behind the kit, and is scheduled to roll out even more new solo material later this year. But, for now, he's content to launch his new single with a release show this Saturday night at Otherlands.
"I am really excited and relieved to be officially releasing this music because I feel that we got some great sounds and captured a special moment in time," says Peel.
Ryan Peel Record Release Show
w/ The Delta Collective
Saturday, July 30, 7 p.m.
Otherlands Coffee Bar