Alternative Love Blueprint — A History of Alternative Music
UK based design studio Dorothy recently mapped out the history of alternative and independent music to the circuit board of an early transistor radio. ‘Of course’ The Long Ryders are in there somewhere… Can you find them? Wired Magazine have made this groovy interactive version of the print on their website where you can zoom in and browse around. You can also purchase the metallic gold screen printed map on the Dorothy website here.
East Coast USA Tour - Additional Date Added!
Wednesday, November 9th at Monty Hall, Jersey City, N.J. - Tickets are On Sale Now!
The Long Ryders BBC Session
This week the session recorded for the legendary ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris earlier this year was broadcast on his BBC Radio 2 show. You can listen to the full show on the BBC iPlayer for the next month here and also to the interview and songs here. Songs played include The Light Gets In the Way and A Stitch In Time plus the remastered version of Final Wild Son from the Final Wild Songs box set. The band also talk all about the Paisley Underground, the LA music scene of the early 1980s, and the individual musical influences which melded into the band’s eventual pioneering alt-country sound.
Cult heroes: The Long Ryders – the accidental creators of alt-country
The Long Ryders were featured in The Guardian newspapers 'Cult Heros' slot on Tuesday the 13th September. Read the full article here.
2016 East Coast USA Tour Dates
Back from their triumphant European tour this spring and riding incredible reviews for their box set, Final Wild Songs, The Long Ryders are thrilled to announce their first U.S. tour dates in 29 years. Full details and ticket links.
From The Long Ryders/Under The Bridge London review
"Unlike so many reunion tours, where drawn out banter/breathers between every song can crush the dream, the Long Ryders rip through their catalogue, the three songwriters, lead guitarist Steven McCarthy, Stevens and rhythmist/”point man” Sid Griffin sharing vocal duties...
From opener Run Dusty Run to scorching closer Looking For Lewis and Clark, the Long Ryders gave it everything, passion, and politics, undimmed. Griffin’s Rickenbacker still bears the Coal Not Dole sticker I spotted when I first saw them 30 years ago and the perception/education/persuasion of the songs hasn’t aged a bit." The full review, along with a brief interview with Greg, can be read on the Event Industry News website.
Final Wild Songs Bristol Show reviews
Two very fine reviews of the 2016 show at Bristol's Fleece in Bristol 24/7 and The Bristol Post. Plus, just published, a fine Long Ryders piece in Spain’s best media voice. Read the full article on the El Pais website.
Bristol 24/7 Interview
Ahead of The Long Ryders Bristol show on May 3rd Sid Griffin spoke to Jonathon Kardasz of B24/7. Read the full interview online here.
BBC Radio Ulster - Ralph McLean Country
Ralph McLean plays several tracks from Final Wild Songs and talks with Sid ahead of the 2016 Europe Tour Dates. Listen to the broadcast for the next 30 days on the BBC Website.
Todd-o-phonic Todd on WFMU
Listen to a selection of tracks from the Final Wild Songs box set along with a great Sid Griffin interview on Todd-o-phonic Todd's fine WFMU show. Sid speaks about the early origins of The Long Ryders, the 2016 Tour Dates and gets to play some of his favorite tunes. Listen to the broadcast on the WFMU Website here or on SidGriffin.com.
NPR 'Final Wild Songs' Review
Meredith Ochs has some fine things to say about Final Wild songs..."If you drew a straight line from The Byrds through Wilco, you'd intersect the Long Ryders right in the middle. But that's only part of what makes this band essential listening. The true test of music is time. And this music sounds as good and as relevant now as it did three decades ago."
Listen to the full audio and read a transcript at the NPR website.
Liz Kershaw on BBC 6 Music
Sid chats to good friend Liz Kershaw on her great BBC 6 Music show about the new boxset, the upcoming live dates and borrowed pantyhose...
Listen to the full interview on the BBC 6 Music website.
Loneseome Highway Interview with Sid Griffin
Stephen Rapid speaks to Sid about Final Wild Songs and what the future might hold for The Long Ryders following its release. Loneseome Highway Interview
Pennyblackmusic Magazine Interview
John Clarkson speaks to Sid Griffin, the front man with groundbreaking 80s band the Long Ryders, about their influence on the alt.country/Americana movement and 'Final Wild Songs', a new four CD box set. Pennyblackmusic Magazine Interview
RNE Radio 3 Long Ryders Radio 'Especial'
Our good friends at RNE Radio 3 in Spain have outdone themselves with this killer special on the band. LOTS of tracks from Final Wild Songs plus background history on the band.
Listen online or download.
The Reviews are in
"Majestic four-disc anthology of studio recordings and rarities." said Classic Rock Magazine in their Review of Final Wild Songs. Read more reviews on this websites Reviews page.