This past Friday, singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd brought his first ever headlining tour to the Bowery Ballroom in New York City with special guest, Ryan Beaver. Luckily for us New Yorkers, we were one of the four sold-out stops he was making on this exclusive series of club shows.
To kick off the night, Ryan Hurd invited his friend Ryan Beaver to warm up the crowd. Beaver took the stage with just a guitar, beginning the night saying, “Last time I was here it was 2016. It’s taken me 3 years to come back to the Bowery Ballroom but I’ve played all over the city, it’s always a blast!” He performed most of his songs off his record, RX, like “Fast,” “When This World Ends,” “Rum and Roses,” “Still Yours,” and the song people were waiting for “Dark.” While on stage he mentioned how performing with just himself and a guitar is one of the most terrifying things one could do but anytime someone is singing his songs, it makes his whole night. He performed each song effortlessly, making it hard to believe how terrifying it really was. Beaver got the audience pumped up for Hurd to take the stage, even covering a song everyone knows and loves, “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley.
Next up was the man of the hour, Ryan Hurd. He kicked off his set performing the song “Last Turn Home,” which Hurd and his wife Maren Morris penned for country superstar, Tim McGraw. As the night was just getting started, Hurd took the time to welcome and thank everyone for coming out to the show before singing his romantic hit song, “Diamonds Or Twine.” The soulful love song had the entire crowd singing back the lyrics to the singer, making it a moment to always remember. As the night went on he performed his own music along with songs that he wrote for other artists throughout the years. Making sure to cover all his bases he sang his songs, “We Do Us,” “Love In A Bar,” “City Girl,” “Hold You Back,” and his most recently released song, “Michigan For The Winter.”
It was a night to never forget, those lucky enough to be in the crowd got to hear Hurd’s brand new song, with him mentioning, “The only other people who ever heard this in the entire world are the country music fans in Los Angeles, California…this song is called “Her Name Was Summer”.” The singer-songwriter was not one to disappoint, he sang his heart out giving everyone a new song to fall in love with. Throughout the night he continued to interact with the crowd, saying, “I’m a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, that’s the way I got moving and just sort of stumbled into this part and I never thought that I would have this many country music fans coming to a show like mine, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.” He was nothing but thankful throughout the show, telling everyone how appreciative he was to be performing to a sold-out crowd in New York City.
Hurd continued to show off his songwriting by performing the songs that he had written for other artists. Mentioning to the crowd, “I’ve written a lot of songs for other artists in Nashville and I still do. This is one of them, that’s my favorite,” singing the song he penned for Dierks Bentley, “I’ll Be The Moon.” That wasn’t all for the night, he also performed the songs he wrote, “You Look Good,” cut by Lady Antebellum and “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” cut by Luke Bryan. Each time the crowd singing along to the infectious tunes.
As the night was coming to an end, Hurd had a special surprise for the crowd. Turning the show into a family affair, he brought out his wife Maren Morris to join him on stage to perform his single, “To A T”. Bringing the song to life, she was on stage harmonizing and providing backup vocals, their voices intertwining flawlessly. The entire time the crowd was screaming, while every phone shot up to record the magical moment between the two. Head to our Facebook to watch the duet.
The show ended on a high note, with Hurd coming back on stage for the encore saying, “I wrote this song and I played it last week for the first time ever, there’s no recording of it. I love country music with all my heart and I love coming to see beautiful people like you sing it with me…I wrote this song and I hope that you take it home with you tonight, it’s called “Wish For The World”.” Ending the night perfectly, debuting another brand new song. Hurd left the crowd wanting more while being excited to see what the singer-songwriter comes out with next.
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