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Music & Comedy

‘Midwest Boy’ Record Release Show

Joe Rian and the A.M. Drinkers w/ Vivian Garcia; 21+ show
Joe Rian (Ryan) was adopted as an infant and raised in Rock Falls, Illinois. He sings tavern songs, beer-soaked and road-worn.
Rian moved out of the Midwest after flunking out of college and scraped by working multiple minimum wage grinds. His main gig was sweating away at a gold and silver refinery on the west side of Phoenix, AZ. Other jobs included telemarketing, pouring concrete, releasing and then chasing hot air balloons, moving appliances, and a very short stint collecting outstanding debts for characters you might find on a once-popular TV series.
In 1989, he won an American Stratocaster signed by Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan via a radio contest. Then, pure chance found him at the last ever SRV concert.
After moving to Chicago, he worked at Buddy Guy’s Legends and busked the streets of the “Windy City.”
While Joe Rian is not a strict Bluesman, he is a songwriter who likes to stir the sounds of Roots, Country and Folk into a nice pot of musical soup. His songs are best consumed in your local tavern.
Rian’s latest album, Midwest Boy, features five tracks with his ace backing band The A.M. Drinkers and five solo tracks. It will be released on Friday, May 26.


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