Ryan Roxie is an American songwriter/vocalist and guitar player. Born in Sacramento, California, he is probably more famously known over these shores as Alice Cooper’s long-time lead guitarist. His career has seen him collaborate with Gilby Clarke and Slash amongst many others, and if you’re up on your American sleaze bands, he enjoyed some time with rockers Casablanca. After touring worldwide Ryan has honed his talents and put out his first official solo album Imagine Your Reality, which was released by Cargo records on May 25th 2018.
Ryan doesn’t disappoint as he brings a mix of melodic hard blues inspired rock, combined with pummelling guitar solos and sing-a-long choruses. Vocally, Ryan is very good, smooth but not pansy like, nor is he too gruff, but rather suiting the style of each track; he doesn’t over play himself as a vocalist but delivers the goods. And his guitar-man-ship speaks for itself; after all he’s been playing since his teens and has really learnt a trick or two, now he’s aged 52.
Paying homage to one of Roxie’s favourite bands, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, who originally performed this rock n roll classic (written by Roy Wood), joins as guest vocalist on California man. Keeping the original blues rock n roll vibe, this version is more upbeat and there’s some serious piano played by Teddy ‘Zig Zag’ Andreadis (GnR, Chuck Berry).
To Live and die in LA takes power pop rock to a new edge, the guitar solos are enough to rock your socks off and the riffs throughout remind you of AC/DC’s hit Let There be Rock and there’s certainly plenty of rocking going down . From swamp grass blues on Uh Oh song to the treble bass rock n roll number Hearts in Trouble, this album shimmies along effortlessly. There’s definitely some Nirvana influences on Nevermind me, the guitars are more driven, distorted and infused with the elements of punk rock on this grunge number. God Put a Smile Upon Your Face, takes down the pace but not the weight of the album, filled with hypnotising guitar performances by Ryan and co. it creates a searing mood to close the album with.
There are currently no UK tour dates for Ryan but you can keep up to date with him and purchase his album via the links below:
1. Big Rock Show
2. Over And Done
3. California Man
4. To Live And Die In LA
5. Uh Oh Song
6. Me Generation
7. Look Me In The Eye
8. Hearts In Trouble
9. Nevermind Me
10. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face