Derrick Ryan


Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Piano, Background Singer, Cello, Harp.


Howdy. I'm a portrait artist and musician who just relocated to Colorado Springs from San Antonio Texas. I sing, play acoustic guitar, and write songs. I like doing interesting twists on cover songs; playing them in a way that sharply contrasts the original song. For example, I can take an upbeat folk/rock song like Wilco's I'm The Man Who Loves you, and turn it into a touching ballad. I've often dreamed of doing music for independent films.

My idea band would consist of myself on acoustic rhythm guitar and vocals. For accompaniment, I think someone who can play piano would be nice. If the pianist can sing, even better. I've always liked the sound and contrast of male and female vocals accompanying one another (Think Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush performing Don't Give Up.) I think it would be equally as groovy to add either a violin or cello to the sound of this band. Stand up bass would be nice.

Overall, the sound I would like to achieve could best be described as moving, hauntingly beautiful, with some grittiness to it. If you're feeling the vibe I'm throwing out here, please check out my list of influences. Genre-locked musicians might want to look elsewhere.

Screen name:
Derrick Ryan
Member since:
Sep 20 2017
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
10 to 50
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week


Led Zeppelin
Peter Gabriel
The National
Nick Drake
Ryan Adams
David Byrne
Miles Davis
The White Stripes
The Shins
Willie Nelson
Simon and Garfunkel
Tom Waits
Van Morrison
Jack White
Eddie Vedder
Leonard Cohen
Sun Kil Moon
Crosby Stills and Nash
Johnny Cash
Bob Marley
Bob Dylan
And more...

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Acoustic Guitar:
Other Percussion:


Martin acoustic guitar. Eastman acoustic guitar. Fender Telecaster Deluxe. A couple of condenser mics, a recording interface, and a crappy little modeling amp. Sorry, guys. My equipment list is pretty thin.