Bryan Loy, owner of Paradise Music, located ar 242 Highlands Rd., Franklin, has released his first CD, “Ballads and the Blues.”
“I’ve wanted to do this for years,” says Loy, “But the time was never quite right. When I moved here to Franklin two years ago, one of the first people I met when I opened my music store was Donnie Clay. We became good friends, and we got to talking about me doing a CD in his studio, one thing led to another, and now it’s done. Donnie did a wonderful job of making me sound better than I am!”
“There are 11 songs on the CD, about half of them are originals, things I have written down through the years, played them with other bands here and there, but never had recorded, even demo format. The others are songs that have touched me in some way or another.”
“Everyone has a style of music that they like, but to me, a song has to touch some emotion I can identify with for it to work for me. Pop music, which these days includes New Country is very fickle. One week you can have a song that will move your heart, the next week it’s some silly something that makes no sense whatsoever. The songs that I chose for my ‘Ballads and Blues’ are songs that are profound. You hear a Earl, and Bill Rice. These are not writer collaborated songs, but were written by people that had something to say. Songs that move you, you know?”
Loy is now taking his band “Paradise56” and hitting the road in search of clubs, private parties, anywhere he can plug up and play. “It’s all about getting the word out, paying your dues, getting the recognition,” says Loy. “I’ve done it most of my life, I’ve just never had a CD to push when I was out there working. I’m real proud of this one, we’ve all worked real hard on it, used a lot of local musicians on it, Ray Olsen, Mike Head, Josh Haggart and others, plus the guys in Paradise56, Jeremy Evans, Enrique Cota, and Nick Prestia.”
Copies of “Ballads and Blues” are available at Paradise Music, 242 Highlands Rd. Franklin. “They will also be available at our shows,” says Loy. Cost is $10.