Born and raised in Oklahoma, Mike P. Ryan's humble roots and keen eye for detail help him craft songs full of vivid images that have been aptly described as “honest portraits of real people painted on a canvas of beautiful music.” Often compared to Robert Earl Keen, Slaid Cleaves, and Lyle Lovett, Mike has been called “a master storyteller who takes his listeners on an unforgettable journey with every song”

A prolific and highly-respected songwriter, Mike has won over 20 national and international songwriting awards including first place finishes in The Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, The UK Songwriting Contest, and The Dallas Songwriter’s Association Songwriting Contest. He is a two-time finalist in The Kerrville Folk Festival's vaunted "New Folk " songwriting competition, a top 10 finisher in the Wildflower Performing Singer/Songwriter Contest, and a Bronze Medal winner in the American Songwriter Magazine lyrics contest.

A gifted live performer and a natural raconteur, Mike engages and entertains audiences with live shows that are second to none. Equally at home in an intimate "Hose Concert" setting or in front of a large, festival audience, Mike has delighted audiences of every size from coast to coast. A particular favorite with folk music audiences, he has appeared at The Connecticut Folk Festival, The Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival, The Wildflower Music Festival, The Tucson Folk Festival, and The Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival. in 2018, Mike was selected to performed an Official Showcase at Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) Annual Conference. Mike regularly plays and  collaborates with a wide array of up and coming Songwriters and has opened for regional and national acts including Michael Martin Murphy and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek.

An avid student of the craft of songwriting, Mike frequently teaches songwriting workshops and seminars to songwriters at every level.  A former Army paratrooper and a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, Mike volunteers with a number of veteran-focused charities including The Warrior Music Foundation. He also serves as a volunteer musician with Musicians on Call and Music Mends two organizations that bring live music to hospital s and assisted care facilities. Mike’s debut CD, American Tales, was released in 2015.  His much-anticipated follow-up At Home In The Darkness is slated for release in November of 2018.  

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Upcoming Live Shows

  • Oct 20
    Songwriter Night with Eli Lev,  Silver Spring
  • Oct 29
    Teavolve,  Baltimore
  • Nov 17
    CD Release Show at Epicure,  Fairfax
  • Jan 27
    Acoustic Guitar Project Show,  College Park


Don't miss Mike's CD Release Show for his new album: At Home in the Darkness, Saturday November 17th from 7-10 pm at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA.

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