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14 Essential Paisley Underground Songs

"If the dancers don’t feel it, nobody’s gonna move!"

A great piece on the history and origins of the Paisley Underground on Sterogum where Stephen M. Deusner runs through some history and gives you 14 Essential Paisley Underground Songs

Europe 2018

The Long Ryders will be making a major announcement as regards their future plans this autumn

The response to their first west coast tour in thirty years (!) was overwhelming as they reunited with many, many Californian friends and fans and even musically bonded all over again with such compadres as Los Lobos, The Bangles, Chris Robinson, Peter Case, Chuck Prophet, and Transformer.

The band wants to work more in the future and are accepting offers for European concert dates in May/June 2018 via Diego at Otis Tours.

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The Long Ryders 2017 West Coast Tour

This just in from Sid. . . "The Long Ryders April swing through California was their first west coast tour in thirty years and worth the wait!

In San Francisco our dear friend Chris Robinson (Black Crowes, Chris Robinson Brotherhood) performed with us and at our sold out concert at The Roxy in L.A. Vicki Peterson (The Bangles, The Continental Drifters) did us the honour of singing I Want You Bad as a duet with Stephen.

The tour ended with a performance in front of 25,000 at the Stagecoach Festival out in the desert near Palm Springs.

The Long Ryders wowed ‘em and no less than festival head Paul Tollett said so the band sounded better than ever. So the band is hoping to return to their home ground before another thirty years is up!”

The Long Ryders - View from the stage at Stagecoach

The Long Ryders Store has been restocked with shirts from the tour and some new videos from the tour will be going up on the Youtube Channel shortly. For news on future tour dates do sign up for The Long Ryders Newsletter and you can also follow The Long Ryders on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

First New Music in 30 Years from The Long Ryders

"Whenever I hear this first new Long Ryders’ song in thirty years it only takes me about half a minute before I have to push back my chair, turn the volume UP, and start dancing around the room like a happy fool. A killer Tom Stevens' song, a strong ensemble performance; a real true thrill to be back in the saddle again, riding high with The Long Ryders, my musical home away from home." Sid Griffin

Americana pioneers, LA’s Long Ryders, release "Bear in the Woods" on Tuesday, April 18. Penned by bassist/vocalist Tom Stevens and produced by Adrian Olsen and The Long Ryders, it is available on Spotify, iTunes, Pandora and YouTube. Additional newly recorded songs will follow closely thereafter.

The new music comes just before the band’s first CA tour run in 30 years, playing club dates before their 2017 Stagecoach Festival appearance. Shows include The Chapel/San Francisco (4/26), Constellation Room/Santa Ana (4/28) and The Roxy Theatre/West Hollywood (4/29).

The Long Ryders - Bear In The woods

Songwriter Tom Stevens offers the following about his new tune: "The message is complex. I wrote this song about a bear, a friendly one, approaching it like a children's song. But what emerged under its surface was different. I likely had the state of politics on my mind. The bear in this song may not be the friendly, all-knowing guru that he appears. But in real life, it's up to us to seek our best hopes and not our worst fears in our gurus. Lately I feel that too many have done the latter."

Lead guitarist/vocalist Stephen McCarthy explains how the new music came about: "The band played a number of shows in 2016 and we felt it would be worthwhile to try and write/record some new material. Greg flew out to Virginia and we recorded a few new songs at Adrian Olsen's Montrose Studio. Sid and Tom sent new tunes over and we recorded remotely for the first time."

Tom continues the story: "Thirty years on and the band still sounds wonderful--mature, familiar yet new, and all very much The Long Ryders. It's brand new musical scenery in our long ryde, and we're all enjoying the view."

Drummer Greg Sowders agrees: "Thirty years goes by in the spin of a wig hat. We wanted to give our fans something new for our spring tour. It’s so great to be back in the studio with my favorite rock 'n' roll band. We hope you like this new music as much as we do."

The Guardian, March 31st, 2017

A mention of The Long Ryders in todays Guardian Newspaper in their 'Readers recommend playlist' here.

"One final carp at proverbs is provided by the Long Ryders who, reasonably enough, suggest that A Stitch in Time is, “fine if you know what you are doing” – with misguided interventions however, more often than not, it will harm rather than heal."

Not to be outdone Sid gets a mention elsewhere in the paper today too.

Hell freezes over!

For the first time in thirty years The Long Ryders are working on new studio recordings. Three songs are already in the can and the guys are working on more.

One will be released via Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, YouTube, etc., etc., in April and the band hopes to finish an album by December.

Watch this space, music lovers!

The Long Ryders in the studio, March 2017

Additional California Shows

Leading up to their appearance at April's prestigious Stagecoach Festival, the Long Ryders have added three club dates including their triumphant return to the famed Roxy Theatre on LA's Sunset Strip.

The band have added old friends and San Francisco alt-rock darlings Translator to their two club shows in Southern California, and will play with Translator at the just-announced date at The Chapel in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 26. All three shows are all ages, with the support going on at 9pm and the headliner at 10pm.

  • 26/4 Wed - The Chapel - San Francisco, CA - Tickets
  • 28/4 Fri - Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA - Tickets
  • 29/4 Sat - The Roxy - West Hollywood, CA - Tickets
  • 30/4 Sun - STAGECOACH 2017 - Indio, CA - Tickets

The Long Ryders have appeared in Europe, the UK and the Northeast U.S. as part of their Final Wild Songs 2016 – 2017 Tour in support of their much-vaunted 2016 4-CD career retrospective on Cherry Red Records.

Longtime fans will see the same classic Long Ryders' line-up that recorded three highly acclaimed studio albums and toured extensively, including the recent dates: Sid Griffin (guitar, vocals), Stephen McCarthy (guitar, vocals), Greg Sowders (drums) and Tom Stevens (bass, vocals).

Happy Christmas from The Long Ryders

The Long Ryders at the Bowery Ballroom - Live Recording

A recording of the complete set from The Long Ryders triumphant show from New York's Bowery Ballroom is online via NYC Taper. The Long Ryders performed their first East Coast US Tour in 29 years in November of 2016 in suport of the Final Wild Songs box set.

Listen below or download the full set at the NYC Taper website.

The Long Ryders Live at Monty Hall - WFMU Video

A recording of the Monty Hall performance of The Long Ryders from November the 9th 2016 is now online via WFMU on their Vimeo channel.

Check it out on Vimeo.

Stagecoach Festival

The Long Ryders are very pleased to announce they will be performing at Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California. The band will play on the final day of the three-day event, Sunday, April 30; this year’s headliners are Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney.

Stagecoach tickets / passes go on sale Friday, November 18 at 11:00am PST, available via the Festival website:

Stagecoach attendees will see the same classic Long Ryders’ line-up that recorded three highly acclaimed studio albums and toured extensively, including the recent dates: Sid Griffin (guitar, vocals), Stephen McCarthy (guitar, vocals), Greg Sowders (drums) and Tom Stevens (bass, vocals).

The band electrified longtime fans on their ‘Final Wild Songs 2016 Tour’ eliciting acclaimed reviews from all: “Another spine-tingling moment in a gig that had so many” Craig Chaligne, Louder Than War and “The band have lost nothing in terms of musical ability and passion, and if anything they’re playing better than ever” Jonathon Kardash, Bristol 24/7

Final Wild Songs is the 4-CD, 76-song career retrospective of the pioneering Los Angeles alt-country act. Released by England’s Cherry Red Records, the box set features the original albums’ tracks as well as demos, singles, and rare live recordings, coupled with a 24-page booklet containing the band’s and David Fricke’s extensive liner notes.

Critics have raved about the box set ranging from Classic Rock (“truly glorious”) to Mojo (“this music sounds as good and as relevant now as it did three decades ago”), Shindig (“this is a crack shot collection”) to NPR’s All Things Considered (“a reminder how scorching their live show was”).

Stagecoach 2017 Poster

The Long Ryders set time at Stagecoach is looking to be 3:40 – 4:25pm on Sunday on the Palomino stage.

Additional Long Ryders live dates supporting Final Wild Songs are being finalized for Spring 2017.

The Reviews Are In

Critics have raved about the Final Wild Songs box set ranging from Classic Rock "Majestic four-disc anthology of studio recordings and rarities." to Mojo "this music sounds as good and as relevant now as it did three decades ago.", Shindig Magazine "this is a crack shot collection" to NPR’s All Things Considered "a reminder how scorching their live show was". Read more reviews in full here on our website.

The Long Ryders by Paul Slattery

"Bolo Ties and Beatle Boots"

Bolo Ties & Beatle Boots: The Rise and Legacy Of Cowpunk - A nice piece on the history of L.A. Cowpunk written by Joey Camp on the Woody Radio blog.

Woody Radio is a non profit internet radio station and you can learn more about them on their Facebook page here.

East Coast USA shows on YouTube

Cleveland Live Music has uploaded a selection of tracks recorded at The Long Ryders Bowery Ballroom Ney York City show and the Cafe Nine New Haven show back in November. Watch the videos for I Want You Bad & I Had A Dream (NYC 11/10/16), On the Way Home & Looking For Lewis and Clark (NYC 11/10/16), Masters of War (NYC 11/10/16), On the Way Home & Looking For Lewis and Clark (New Haven 11/12/16) and Run Dusty Run (NYC 11/10/16) all on the clevelandlivemusic YouTube channel.

Sid Griffin Goldmine Magazine Interview

Sid got the ‘Final’ word on the Tour and the Final Wild Songs box set over on Goldmine, The Music Collectors Magazine. Read the complete interview online here.

5 Questions with The Long Ryders

Boston's DO617 spoke to Greg as a part of their '5 Questions with' interview series. Read the full article here.

East Coast Radio Interviews

With less than a week to go until The Long Ryders play their first East Coast USA shows in 29 years(!!!) Stephen spoke to WMFU’s Joe Belock about the East Coast shows, Final Wild Songs and what the plans are for the future. Listen to the full show on the WMFU website.

Greg also spoke with Brian Young for his A Crash Course For The Ravers radio show over on WMFO, As Greg says “Cool man”.

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 on the Tour Dates page.

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

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 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.