"Run" by Ryan K. Hamlin
Americana/pop singer and songwriter Ryan K. Hamlin’s five-song EP is flavored with back-road, turn-it-up sound reminiscent of southern comfort and muddy tires. This Raleigh resident’s songs boast a unique and varied blend of influences, including homegrown sounds of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, pop hooks like songs from John Mayer and driving rock grooves similar to Augustana. Or, as Hamlin puts it, his songs are about living dangerously because life is short and also about holding on to the ones you love. Tracks on his EP, released by Center Sound Records, are "Crazy" (with Robin Ruddy on pedal steel), "She Sings," "True," "Summer Lovers Symphony" and "Virginia" (with Madison Chase on cello). (If "Virginia" sounds familiar, it was on the soundtrack for the movie "Destiny Road.") Hamlin is hard at work now on a new album. "Run" sells for $4.95.