There are three kinds of American folk artist: those who sit, contented, on a back porch contemplating America’s landscape and ways; those for whom its landscape and ways are something to stand against or move boldly through; and those whose America is a shadowy, impressionistic place that moves inside of them. This [latter] is the area that the sombre-voiced Richard Buckner has been exploring since 1994.
— Sylvie Simmons, The Guardian, 2004
After a number of years fronting Minneapolis alt-country/Americana band Western Fifth, Ryan Holweger started playing songs under his own name in 2012. In the past year he’s been playing shows as both a solo acoustic act and with a full backing band, and he’s opened for a number of national touring acts, including Richard Buckner, Damien Jurado, Centro-Matic, St Paul & The Broken Bones, and Sam Outlaw. Ryan is currently working on a new album with producer Mark Stockert (Brian Setzer, The Waifs, Tom Feldmen, etc.) at Underwood Recording.