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L.A. Ryder is a popular hard rock/blues/soul band from Northwest Indiana which was originally formed by Larry Ryder and George Buck. They’ve had their share of members come and go but became more concrete in the 1980’s with Tami Lusa (vocals), Denny (back up guitar), Arnie Strezolinski (bass), Joel Alderson (drums) and of course Larry Ryder (guitar). This fresh lineup quickly became a party band favorite. They recorded their first sessions at Timbre Studios (now ARS) in Alsip, Illinois. With the addition of keyboard/vocalist Allen Kulasa (from local band Stonewood Fox), the blended group had such a great sound and very creative ideas. Allen’s dynamic vocals and penchant for the catchy pop tunes struck a chord with Larry Ryder. He was more influenced by soulful sounds of R & B stars such as Lionel Richie and Kool and the Gang and took those creative influences to build on their sound. Original bass player Arnie Strezolinski left the group as they welcomed new bassist Joel Valdez and adding Mike Haney on the saxophone gave this group even a bigger edge and a bigger sound overall.
The writing style that developed created a string of songs that were destined to stick around for quite some time such as “Rock with No Pension”. This was a song which won them a contest from Indiana’s Beat Magazine in 1990, Best band in the State of Indiana, and “Take a Little Time” which is a song that was included on Best of the Region local band compilation.
L.A. Ryder began to pick up momentum opening up for national touring acts such as Robin Trower, Johnny Winter, Foghat and Savoy Brown at the popular Club Dimensions in Highland, Indiana.
L.A. Ryder’s most recent project “It’s A Miracle” is compilation of two lineups that fuse sounds from the 1980’s and the second lineup “that brings in more expansion with Kulasa’s adroit delivery of soulful lyrics, continuing the hard rock guitar bringing along the swaggering bass of Joel Valdez, complimented by an audacious saxophone of Mike Haney and dexterous drums of George Buck”, states the band’s publisher, Steve Postacchini.
One single from “It’s A Miracle” is titled “Dancing Shoes (Itchy Feet)” where Al Kulasa channels the energy and rhythm of James Brown in this racy break-up song that deals with entangled relationships. It has quite a fusion of hard rock with a lot of underline funk that makes this song truly pop. The musical arrangement is outrageous, with blaring saxophone that brings this song out of the norm and straight into the stratosphere. It is a hard rocking song that makes you want to just dance. It is energetic, very memorable and sounds like something that should be in a movie. I could hear it playing during the end credits.
L.A. Ryder is a power to behold. Their writing style is mirrored in this great single. Song after song, they capture the audience’s attention, gives than great rock music to dance to. Their music is memorable and sustainable in this industry.
L.A. Ryder is preparing for a worldwide release of their music being enjoyed by everyone through every media outlet. No tours have been announced at this time.
“It’s A Miracle” is available in both digital and physical formats and can be listen to and/or purchased at the following websites:
www.itunes.com (search: L.A. Ryder with a “y”)
www.promofm.com (Search: L.A. Ryder with a “y”)
L.A. Ryder is currently working with A & R Select in Sherman Oaks, Ca. for licensing, a record deal, TV/Movie placement, and/or publishing opportunities. They can be reached at: