wistah 8


  Jan 2014

Artist Bio

Influences:   Gillian Welch, The Milk Carton Kids, The Civil Wars, Sarah Jarosz, R.L. Burnside, Pete Seeger, Willy Tea Taylor, Aaron Embry, Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell, Anais Mitchell, Eddie Vedder, Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson

A man of many hats. Old enough to know better, but foolish enough not to care. Playing genre-crossing music in and around New England. My real name is Sean Ryder and I work in Worcester, MA... pronounced "wistah" by the locals. ๐Ÿ˜€

This is my fourth FAWM. My goal for this year is to focus on writing songs that I can legitimately pull off as a solo performer. One man with a guitar in front of an audience, no looper. Maybe even releasable as such. As such, I am eschewing multi-tracking, adding bass, harmony vocals, etc. I've set up a handful of mics and I'm recording live performances only. Feedback on arrangements and lyrics is welcome, keeping this mind. Thank you for listening, and thanks for being awesome, FAWM.

Please check out my various and sundry musical doings, and come to a show if you find yourself in Massachusetts:




Songs (8)

#1 Monsters 22
2 weeks
#2 Hopes and Dreams 21
2 weeks
#3 Coffee with Atlas 14
1 week
#4 Angel Wing 23
1 week
#5 Homeless 19
1 week
#6 The Courage 24
6 days
#7 Shinin' 7
5 hours
#8 Shinin' Redux 2
2 hours


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  • @theseanovan 12 hours

    Thank you for your feedback on "Hit Me Hard." It really means a lot!

  • @jibbidy34  15 hours

    Thank you so much for your amazingly kind words on 'Fire Pig' ๐Ÿ˜

  • @asladders 2 days

    Thanks so much for your kind words/recommendation on my collaboration w/ @dani312 'Pieces ..' -- Looking forward to a few more between now and end of February. Following along!

  • @berni1954 3 days

    Thanks for checking out my song about the woman going into exile on a fishing boat to escape Franco's butchers.

    I appreciate your comments.

  • @colgoo  3 days

    Super excited for tonightโ€™s show. Iโ€™m making sure to get caught up on all your new music!

  • @helene 3 days

    Thanks for the recommandation ๐Ÿ˜€ Means a lot to me. You are one of my favorite FAWM artist!

  • @russiasaturn 4 days

    I'm about to send you an email, let me know if you don't get it for some reason. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jamkar  4 days

    Thank you sir!

  • @wacha  4 days

    I misread your liner notes, I did think that was the best and most interesting ukulele I've ever heard, that makes a lot more sense.

    Thanks for the comment on "Lady Jane", I thought starting with "Lady Jane" and then coming in with "Lady Hanoi Jane" would be a bit more effective. It also flowed nicer for me to sing.

  • @wacha  4 days

    Thank you for your kind words on "Start Again", I feel like with each FAWM I get at least one song that stands a little taller than the rest. I'm fairly certain this is that song for 2018.

  • @cicpisces 4 days

    @wistah Hi, I'd be happy to collaborate on a song. I can work with melodies if you have one in mind or just write straight lyrics.

  • @acousticmaddie  4 days

    Haha I kind of put everything aside (encourage by bf and kids:) ) for fawm. It really did something with me last year my first and Since studying songwrting I really need this becourse of the inspiration and creativity it awakens.

  • @acousticmaddie  4 days

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my Ashes to ashes song and I do agree with you. I had a hard time getting friends with the happy-ukulele-kind of style.I love using it in dark song. Thank you <3

  • @dani312 5 days

    Hey thanks for taking the time to leave feedback on my tune โ€˜Wakeful Nightโ€™. Honestly I was just as surprised that the Uke was working out for the sound I was after. It was a happy accident, honestly. I resorted to using it since my guitar chops are pretty shocking! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @forrandom 5 days

    Thanks for taking a minute to comment on my song!

  • @chucknamaste 5 days

    Hey thanks so much for checking out my tune "Man I Ought To Be" and for the kinds words! It really means a lot!

  • @pompeyjazz 5 days

    Thanks so much for your support. Much appreciated

  • @karlsburg25  5 days

    Cheers for your Daffodils comments. One of the hardest things i have attempted in FAWM month as you suddenly realise that due to the topic , I have to find a way to make this work and work well

  • @jessicagraae  1 week

    Hey Sean- thanks for listening to "Gone to Soon".

  • @rustyp 1 week

    Hey Sean, thanks!

    On "Car" I did three vocal takes, so I put one of the takes out front, and I put some crazy delay on another take. So it's kindof doubled, and delayed. You get more effect because the takes weren't exactly the same.

    Yeah, I have a step daughter who is always complaining that life isn't going right for her but from my vantage point, she refuses to take advice and she doesn't reach out to the right people or to a higher power. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I do write from a Christian perspective, but at times I don't want to write with a sledge hammer. ๐Ÿ˜€ so I was also hoping to interject the idea that life would be a lot better for some if they just acknowledged and reached out to their maker.

    So, car = life?
    smiling face on the screen listening = God?
    The left turn I guess could signify just a wrong turn, but when I wrote it I was just going for the opposite of what "you" expect. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @rustyp 1 week

    Hey Sean, I really liked some of your commentary on a song I just listened to. Would you mind following me and giving one or two of my songs a listen. I want to improve my lyric writing. ๐Ÿ˜€ I'd really appreciate it.
    I'll also listen and respond to you. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks!

  • @spinhead  1 week

    Thanks for the thoughts on "Flower Print Dress." I've realized I'm doing this entire FAWM on my Blueridge tenor; I'll be recording #8 and #9 and maybe #10 on it today. My poor Seagull S6 glares at me every time I go upstairs . . .

  • @kalinasilverman 1 week

    Thank you!! I will have to check out Ravel now ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jibbidy34  1 week

    Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Hereโ€™s your badge. Excellent work and keep bustingโ€™ those zongs!!

  • @bethdesombre  1 week

    Thanks for the feedback on My Father's Piano. I appreciate the high five, coming from you. (I'm happy to have finally written a song I like this month!)

  • @arthurrossi 1 week

    Thank you so much for your kind words!

  • @itoarazi 1 week

    Found you!! ๐Ÿ˜

  • @snoozin  1 week

    I appreciate your feedback on Lazy Summer Afternoon. I think that switching the order in the verses will work very well. Thanks for the inspiration. Sometimes it takes another set of ears. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jessicagraae  1 week

    Thanks for your comments on my song, In the Forest. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • @helene 2 weeks

    Welcome back!

  • @standup  2 weeks

    Thanks for listening to wander! Surf tone in electric guitars is something I just do every time without actually planning on it. Reverb and bright single coils, guess that what I like. Thanks!

  • @theresaj  2 weeks

    Thank you so much for recommending my song, Sean! I almost didnโ€™t go through with finishing it so Iโ€™m happy to know that it touched you.

  • @inger  2 weeks

    Thanks so much for you comment on Roll of the Dice. Yeah, ideas come in strange ways and take strange shapes, especially when alcohol is involved!

  • @jibbidy34  2 weeks

    Thanks so much for listening!

  • @mom23gals  2 weeks

    Thanks for listening to Paper Dolls and noticing that I'm working hard on improving my lyrics, and on peppier melodies! I would love to rework and record these -- maybe during my long recuperation? I have a feeling I'm going to be bored...

  • @jcooper  2 weeks

    Thanks for your comments on diamond blue eyes. Looking forward to hearing your songs this feb

  • @jessicagraae  2 weeks

    Thanks for listening to my song, Sean!

  • @mom23gals  2 weeks

    Thanks for your kind thoughts on The Puzzle. I like the way it turned out. Pretty psyched I got an internet high 5 from you! Looking forward to hearing what you come up with. LMK if you need any harmonies or "light" violin work.

  • @mikegtz  2 weeks

    Hey, Sean-ready,set,go..

  • @natrin 2 weeks

    Hello! Happy FAWMing!

  • @tan482  2 weeks

    Looking forward to hearing your musical creations!

  • @dragondreams  2 weeks

    Hey, Sean! ๐Ÿ˜
    Good to see you here again. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @cking 2 weeks

    Hey there! Thanks for making me aware of this, what a great idea!

  • @tamsnumber4 3 weeks

    Hope you have time for some FAWMing!

  • @colgoo  4 weeks

    Best of luck with FAWM 2018. I look forward to hearing your creations.

  • @writeandwrong  4 weeks

    Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018!