The Long Ryders are an American rock ‘n roll band formed in Los Angeles in 1981. They are often credited as founders of the alt-country movement and are the recent recipients of the Americana Music Association UK’s “International Trailblazer Award”.
The band’s three founding members Sid Griffin, Stephen McCarthy and Greg Sowders continue to tour the world and are currently working on a follow-up album to 2019’s widely acclaimed #1 UK Americana album, Psychedelic Country Soul. Both records produced by Ed Stasium. Their current single “Tom Tom” is a heartfelt tribute to their late/great bass player Tom Stevens. The new album will be released in early 2023.
The band’s highly original roots rock recipe blends the punk rock spirit of the Ramones, the soul of Merle Haggard, the cosmic country of Gram Parsons and beautiful jangle of The Byrds into their own uniquely American musical experience. There is nothing quite like the Long Ryders live, not back then and certainly not now. Go see them for the musical ride of your life. Be part of rock ‘n’ roll history and write your own chapter at one of their shows. Get there early and hang on tight.
Critics rave about their last album Psychedelic Country Soul:
"The record sounds fantastic" - LA Times
"Psychedelic Country Soul puts them right back at the top of a world they helped create" - MOJO ★★★★ 4/5
"A significant resurgence...a glorious tunefest" - Country Music Magazine ★★★★ 4/5
"Simultaneously joyous and rueful...it's great to have them back" - Shindig! Magazine ★★★★ 4/5
"Brimming with melodic alt-country rock tinged classics." - Daily Express ★★★★
"Crisp, melodic and controlled" - UNCUT Magazine ★★★★★★★