The Long Ryders release “Down to the Well” single

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In the late 1980s The Long Ryders were in the center of Los Angeles’ “Paisley Underground” scene – a 1960s-influenced jangle-rock era that included The Bangles, The Dream Syndicate, The Plimsouls, The Rain Parade, and The Three O’ Clock.

More fairly though, the bands’ sound probably shares more in common with predecessors The Byrds, Gram Parsons, and The Flying Burrito Brothers – a sensibility more akin to Wilco, The Jayhawks, Golden Smog, and other bands in the Americana/alt-country genre.

The band has continued to tour worldwide through several reunions and in 2019 released their first full-length studio album in 32 years – Psychedelic Country Soul.  Praised by fans and critics alike, the album evokes the best of their early records while still sounding fresh.

Now amid the pandemic, The Long Ryders (all the original members) have just released a new single “Down To The Well.” – a jangle-twang gem that evokes perhaps a little Jerry Garcia, a little Tom Petty, and a lot of that “Long Ryders sound.”   The band enlisted long-time producer Ed Stasium (The Smithereens, The Ramones, Soul Asylum, Marshall Crenshaw).

The band’s Sid Griffin: “We recorded most of “Down To The Well” long distance. The band emailed sound files back-and-forth till we had something we all liked. Some of the basic tracks were recorded live in Richmond, Virginia. Stephen’s lyrics really seem fit the times we are all trying to survive.

Listen to “Down to the Well”

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