Our spotlight shines on Mike Ryan this week. “Wasting No More Whiskey” is at #64 on the Texas Regional Radio Report and knocking on the door of the Texas Music Chart Top 50. The charts are frozen this week, but judging by the way this one is moving, we expect it to be one of the biggest gainers once the charts resume. Written at a Sea Gayle writers retreat, Ryan told us how he, Brent Anderson, and Frank Rogers came up the idea for the song. “We actually started the writing session trying to chase down another idea but we got stuck, so we pushed through our writers block using an old fashioned remedy that folks have been doing for years: booze –more specifically, Jack Daniels. We started reading the label and did a little research about the whiskey making process. Then we got to talking about the best situations for drinking it and of course the big reason to NOT drink it. It turned out to be one of my favorite songs on the album.”
This song stood out to us due to the creative concept, skilled writing, and Ryan’s vocals that pair a good match between soul and country. Most country heartbreak songs are focused on the girl and the remedy. We like how this song flips the concept around and instead focuses on the accomplishment of not using the remedy. Ryan’s vocals drive passion in to each lyric letting “her” know “not only am I over you, I couldn’t be better!” Great concept + great vocals + great music = great song!
The track is a cut off of Ryan’s newest album “Bad Reputation” and follows the #1 smash hit “Dancing All Around It”. With the success and momentum this San Antonio native has experienced in the last few months, added to the relatability of this song, it would shock us if this release doesn’t land him his second #1 this year!
We’re really excited for the future of this guy, and are expect big things for him in 2015! He has one of the best albums we’ve come across this year, and there are plenty more singles left on it. If you haven’t heard of him yet, you certainly will soon! Help us push this one up the charts by requesting it on your online and local radio stations!
Check out the single below!
San Angelo, TX
Brewster Street w/ JB and the Moonshine Band
Corpus Christi, TX
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.