wistah 6


Worcester, US   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. πŸ˜€

2019 will be my fifth FAWM. My goal for this year is to stretch my limits as a songwriter. Outside of my comfort zone. Maybe electric guitars?

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


Songs (6)

#1 Sarah's Song 8
1 week
#2 You'll Never Say 15
1 week
#3 A lonely kind of love 9
6 days
#4 Black Mary 12
3 days
#5 Stars 6
2 days
#6 Take care of my girl 1
9 hours


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  • @davewermers 1 day

    Thanks for your comments on "Someone To Love". I appreciate taking the time to listen.

  • @wearedinosaurs 1 day

    Thanks for the kind words! I've posted the lyrics, should've done that right away but I get a bit embarrassed

  • @misterd 1 day

    Thanks for listening and the kind comments on my blues song ' Just another day in Paradise '- I appreciate it . Thankyou !

  • @natalieedelson  1 day

    Thanks for your kind comment on β€˜Orion’ . Looking forward to hearing your tunes! 🌟

  • @mishykatz  1 day

    Thank you for the listen and comment on "Gettin Over You" much appreciated!!

  • @acousticmaddie  1 day

    Thank you so much fpr you kind comment on Bosses song

  • @clioem 2 days

    Hey, thanks! Yes, it's a bowed guitarlele - the top three strings are nylon and the bottom three are wound nylon/steel. I amplified some of the metallic sound through an amp modeler in GB, actually 😁 Neat trick eh? I also designed a separate EQ and reverb for each track, I think that helped keep it moody <3

  • @bethdesombre  2 days

    Hmm. Of those options I think I'd choose "All I got left is this rhyme," because it at last goes with the concepts of the rest of the chorus (Coming around here with words), and self-referentially pokes at the fact that you're writing a song about this -- AND fits with the "used up all my rhymes" for the last chorus.

    But the thing that's really helped me this FAWM (that for some reason I haven't been able to do previously) is when I bang my head against a line that isn't working, I go back and change the reason I got stuck with that line/rhyme in the first place -- it's not clear that "I heard them words a thousand times" is so essential that you need it in exactly that form -- figure out what you want the last line to be and then retrofit a second line to it.

    My two cents. Feel free to ignore!

  • @theodamus 2 days

    Hey thanks so much for the lovely comment! I'm glad it made you smile 😁

  • @rustyp 2 days

    I'm a Reaper guy too.

    Sounds GREAT! πŸ˜€

  • @rustyp 2 days

    Hey Sean,
    Thanks for your kind words about "Call you Beautiful." First of all, complete and full disclosure, the mic is actually an sm58, but people swear they're the same thing on the inside. either way, I've been really pleased with what I'm getting with it.

    And thanks for your comment on my lyric. I've been working really hard this year on writing good lyrics and listening to good lyrics and trying to open myself up to say mundane things in striking ways if at all possible. πŸ˜€

  • @dani312 3 days

    Thanks so much for the generous feedback on Nowhere to Go!

  • @lain 3 days

    Thanks so much for your words about Glassbox and Encounter - I appreciate your listen and I am happy that you liked the songs! πŸ˜€ Today I uploaded my first German one within this FAWM πŸ˜€ Greets from Germany πŸ˜‰

  • @jnatiw  5 days

    Thanks for the listen, Sean!

  • @mikeb 5 days

    Thanks for the comment on 'Bridges', 2 chords is actually quite challenging - nowhere to go except to the other chord!

  • @davewermers 5 days

    Thanks for your comments on "Burned". I appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment.

  • @wistah  1 week

    Sorry folks! I got off to a slow start thanks to some work responsibilities that took me out of town, but I'm back and I'm ready to party! I'll be cranking all your tunes in my office starting tomorrow πŸ˜€

  • @dragondreams  1 week

    You're here! 😊🀘

  • @ductapeguy 1 week

    Yay. You made it to FAWM. I've been wondering if you would be here this year.

  • @jyllian 1 week

    Where ya been friend?

  • @theresaj  2 weeks

    I came hoping to hear some music...I’ll check back!

  • @karlsburg25  2 weeks

    And to a fellow farmer from the same starting year , hello from sunny Thailand . Can’t wait to hear your stuff . If I manage anything it may involve sea noises !!

  • @mikegtz  3 weeks

    On your mark, get set......GO!

  • @nuj4x 3 weeks

  • @marthie 4 weeks

    Happy FAWMing 2019.
    Looking forward to hear what you come up with this February.
    I am planning to focus on songs for Easter in this year’s FAWM.
    Let’s play, write and listen!🎢🎢🎢🎢
    MarthieNel- #WOmanOnFire

  • @kovbleu  4 weeks

    Welcome back! Have an awesome FAWM!!!

  • @jacobeverettwallace  4 weeks

    Hey Sean! Happy Fawming! (And most def bust out the electric guitar. I have a new Gretsch hollowbody that will be heavily featured this year. Can't wait!)

  • @mikeb 4 weeks

    Hi Sean, just joined FAWM for the first time!

  • @dragondreams  5 weeks

    Hey Sean! 😊

  • @chariotbaldwin  5 weeks

    Welcome to 2019 - looking forward to seeing your stuff this year. Let me know if I can help you stretch your comfort zone
    Good luck!

  • @the3queens  5 weeks

    Let's do the damn thing!

  • @tamsnumber4  5 weeks

    Always happy to see you back in the arms of FAWM!! Play your heart out.