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Athfest Hull Street Stage {@ 3:30PM, Athens, GA} Saturday, June 25th/2011

"Ryan Monahan opens his mouth to sing, but it's the jaws of the audience members that drop," says Flagpole since his short residency in Athens, GA...

After years of contemplation and plan-B abandonment, singer-songwriter Ryan Monahan conceived Monahan out of the ashes of two successful CT-based indie-rock outfits, Eschellon, and Shadowgraphs. And while previous groups focused on balls-to-the wall atmospherics, Monahan’s solo effort has chosen to forgo theatrics in favor of carefully thought out, studio-constructed soundscapes. Monahan’s melancholy-tinged pop songs have garnered comparisons as wide as Roy Orbison, Andrew Bird, Beck, Jeff Buckley, Elvis Costello, and Travis. "…Think Jimmy Gnecco of Ours without all the overbearing darkness," mentions Flagpole.

In 2008, Monahan packed up his successes and failures and set his sights for small-town music Mecca - Athens, GA - to begin working on his solo debut. The making of Stop Saying I has given him the opportunity to work with musicians from Dark Meat, Venice is Sinking, Great Society, and Misfortune 500; as well as engineers David Barbie of CPT (R.E.M., Drive By Truckers) and Eric Friar of DARC.

In Nov of 2008, Monahan’s cinematic folk-composition, “The Sound That Never Dies”, appeared on the season finale of Lifetime’s Army Wives, to be followed in 2009 by Eschellon’s post-Beatles groove “I Know You’re Tired” appearing in the feature film Crossing Over (Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Ashley Judd). In 2010, "I Know You're Tired" would make an encore appearance on Fox Network's Lie To Me.

In 2010, members of Monahan joined forces with Cindy Wilson of the B-52s to form Ola Moon. The group's first public performance was a sold out show for R.E.M.'s 30th Birthday Party. Later that year, the group would also perform at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta for a Dalí exhibit.

Also in 2008, Monahan graced the stage of the Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts as a headlining artist, playing for a D.C. audience of some 1,500 people.

Other projects Monahan has found himself involved in have included producing Cassette88, organizing the "Invisible Children Film Festival", and contributing to Athens' Flagpole Magazine.

  • Contributors:
  • Jon Mizrachi - Trumpet, Production - Insik Sate
  • Josh McMichael - Bass, Vocals - Great Society
  • Chris Monahan - Drums
  • Ben Lewis - Banjo, Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar
  • Karolyn Troupe - Viola - Venice is Sinking
  • Lemuel Hayes -Drums - Misfortune500
  • Aaron Jollay - Trombone
  • Charlie Estes - Trumpet
  • Eric Friar - B. Vox, Tambourine
  • Discography:
  • Numb LP - 2002
  • The Blockade EP - 2003
  • The History of Fire LP - 2004
  • Shadowgraphs EP - 2006
  • National Radioplay:
  • "Nuclear Love Song" - 99.1 WPLR CT
  • "Anything Goes" - 96.1 Atlanta, GA
  • "Desensitized" - 104.1 WMRQ CT
  • "Cage in a Bottle" - 99.1 WPLR CT, XM Radio 52
  • "Static" - XM Radio 52
  • "Sick of It Sing Along"- XM Radio 52
  • "It's Just Me" - XM Radio 52
  • College Radio:
  • "Desensitized" - 91.3 WWUH, 105.3 WSAM
  • "Technhaphobia" - 91.3 WWUH, 105.3 WSAM
  • "Anything Goes" - 88.7 WNHU
  • Internet Radio:
  • "Cage in a Bottle", "Sick-of-it Sing-a-Long" - CTUltraRadio

When Life Was Full There Was No History

"In the age when life on earth was full, no one paid any special attention to worthy men, nor did they single out the man of ability. Rulers were simply the highest branches on the tree, and the people were like deer in the woods. They were honest and righteous without realizing that they were 'doing their duty'. They loved each other and did not know that this was 'love of neighbor.' They deceived no one yet they did not know that they were 'men to be trusted.' They were reliable and did not know that this was 'good faith.' They lived freely together giving and taking, and did not know that they were generous.

For this reason their deeds have not been narrated. They made no history.

- Chuang Tzu. [XII. 13.]

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