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Song Premiere: "The Gift" by Ryan Thompson & The Delicate Hounds

Ryan Thompson of Ryan Thompson & The Delicate Hounds
21 May 2019

Ryan Thompson & The Delicate Hounds – Photo Credit: Ryan Thompson

“Sometimes when you are given something you don’t think twice about it,” says Sacramento-based songwriter Ryan Thompson of “The Gift” from the upcoming Ryan Thompson & The Delicate Hounds album Waiting On A Ghost. “Yet, you end up holding the bag and all of the obligation that the gift brings with it. This is a reminder from the giver’s perspective to make sure you understand that what you’re taking on is permanent and something you’ll have to deal with on your own.”

Thompson has been a visual artist, poet, husband, father, businessman, alt-rocker, and singer-songwriter. It took a lot of living to find his voice, and now Thompson is finally set to release his debut album of songs about that life (and maybe about your life, too.)

Waiting on a Ghost by Ryan Thompson & The Delicate Hounds arrives on May 24th. The album is comprised of country-influenced songs about feelings and events that we’ve all experienced. Songs that resonate lyrically, but also melodically.

“Even the sad songs need hooks!,” Thompson jokes with the bit of truth that all good humor has. These essentials get taken home on the album by the pro-style of session players on drums, pedal steel, and keyboards. Full-of-heart female backing vocals merge beautifully with the swells, bends, and layers of a Hammond B-3. Thompson named this band to represent these sounds that they made together: “We are strong, but delicate. We are wolves with a conscience. We are Delicate Hounds.”

The Big Takeover is pleased to host the premiere of “The Gift”, a lyrically thoughtful, mid-tempo country rocker that rolls with the flow of simmering guitar licks, supple bass line, a touch of organ here ‘n’ there, cymbals shimmer, and punchy drum hits. Thompson sing-talks with a swaggering vibe that melds regret and defiance, molding his delivery to the rhythm of the instruments.

05/24/2019: Sacramento, CA at Torchfest 2019
05/25/2019: Sutter Creek, CA at Sutter Creek Provisions (Record Release Show)
06/29/2019: Sacramento, CA at Side Door