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Ryan Burger’s sophomore album follows the journey of a lifetime


Toronto singer-songwriter Ryan Burger has lived more lifetimes in the past two years than most people ever will. On his sophomore album, The More They Stay The Same, he offers listeners his gentle epiphanies from the road trip of a lifetime. The record, featuring lead single “Running Through Your Heart,” is everywhere now.

Ryan embarked on his adventure amidst the 2021 lockdown, initially seeking solace at a homesteading festival in Michigan. Several chance encounters propelled him through a whirlwind journey across the Midwest USA. After accepting an invitation to an Ohio pig roast, he traversed Western Michigan and detoured to Nashville and Franklin, TN, where he indulged in a Titans game and found meaningful connections with fellow musicians. A missed connection during his flight to Cleveland briefly stranded him in Orlando, yet he eventually made it to the long-awaited pig roast. Finally, he found his way to Arrowhill Farm in New Era, MI, where Troy—a farmer, musician, producer, and recording engineer—welcomed him, despite not actively seeking assistance at the time.

“After a couple of months, when it was evident that I would be there a while, Troy and I started discussing making a record,” Ryan recalled. “One thing led to another and next thing I know I’m shoveling goat crap by day and creating an album by night. We finished the album just in the knick of time before my visa expired and, almost exactly two years later, here we are with the finished product!”

As he was working on the album, Ryan began realizing that he was inadvertently creating a spiritual sequel to his debut album, Everything Must Change. Despite intending a fresh chapter, Ryan grappled with an essential core to his work.

“There were things I did on my first album, both good and bad, that I did again on this album,” he explained. “Whether it was vocally, or with arrangement or production decisions, I found myself feeling that perhaps I hadn’t changed as much as I thought I had. Not just musically, but as a person as well. I grow and I adapt and I develop, but at the end of the day, I am still me, and my past is always my past.”

Where Everything Must Change saw Ryan looking for purpose and fulfillment in all sorts of vices, The More They Stay The Same kicks off with him showing those old ways out the door. Indeed, on the opening track he simply throws up “Deuces” to the dead-end passions of his youth, before then steering in a more wholesome, entirely new direction. Ryan sings about the transformed heart of a man who adopts a daughter on standout track two “I’ll Raise You As My Own,” followed by his best advice and wishes for little ones everywhere on “Before You Lay Your Head.”

All at once introspective, optimistic, and seasoned by life, Ryan Burger’s music is an offering and a gift. The More They Stay The Same is a must listen.


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