Eddy Lee Ryder is a stage name adopted by New York singer and songwriter Liz Brennan. Ryder's music paints languid, sadly beautiful portraits of love and life on the margins with the moody and satirical depth of Father John Misty and the country-influenced textures of Roy Orbison or Glen Campbell but with a captivating voice all on her own. Her first EP, Expected to Fly, picked up where Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush, and Heart left off, and the upcoming EP, Blue Hour, continues to tap into her intense wanderlust and heartbreak all while her dark sense of humor weaves through haunting lyrics.
Lonesome as she is wild, Ryder has spent the last three years with no permanent address. A nomad who lost her father unexpectedly as a teen, she says, “I really lost my sense of home then. I picked up a guitar and taught myself to play. Ever since, music has been my outlet, my escape. It's how I cope.”
Ryder’s formative years were spent in upstate NY, where she became fascinated with classic rock, country music, and the old timers that belonged to a different era. With those influences, she creates haunting songs that tell dramatic stories through a slightly warped lens. Her unconventional approach to songwriting explodes and sparkles with ‘70s good-time rock riffs, moody piano, and complex poetry that unfolds in an arresting rock opera.
Blue Hour will be released on September 15th, 2023, and a full-length album is in the works.
PHOTOS AND ARTWORK
Cinematic video from Eddy Lee Ryder out now (10/14/2020)