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Tony Rybka
TIW Music
Album Review: "The Colors of Life" by TONY RYBKA
Single Review: "Downtown" by Tony Rybka
By Linda Freeman, TIW Music

The best way I can sum up how much I enjoy Tony Rybka's music is that three of his CDs, "The Colors of Life," "Walking Back to Heaven," and "Run With Me" have been on rotation in my car since I got them several months ago. The truth, immediacy, and rough beauty of his music never ceases to touch me.

"The Colors of Life" was released in 2013 by Rybka, who hails from Cleveland, Ohio. It has ten folk rock/blues tracks written by Rybka, with all lead vocals performed by him. He also plays harmonica on "So Good To See You." The album is aptly named: Its songs cover a broad range on a vibrant emotional spectrum, ranging from grim resignation to bittersweet love. The songs share a refusal to mince words, inventive song crafting, and outstanding musicianship. Rybka's voice is an intriguing, compelling presence throughout. "The Colors of Life" was produced by Ray Fister and engineered by Fister and Tim Donderevo, with additional engineering by Dave Vartanian and Matthew Misslich. Most of the tracks were recorded at 5th Floor Recording in Milwaukee.

The musicians accompanying Rybka are outstanding:
Tim Donderevo - Piano, organ, acoustic & electric guitars, percussion, backing vocals
Bob Werner - acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar
Aaron Johnson - double bass
Greg Dean - mouth harp on "I'll Say Goodbye Now"
Ray Fister - drums, percussion plus backing vocals on "Rin Tin Tin"
Dan Gieschen - acoustic guitar and bass guitar on "Colors of Life"
Kirk Tatnall - electric guitar on "Colors of Life" and "It Was a Good Day (To Be a Dog)"
Norman Moses - Handclaps on "The Happy Song"

Rybka's influences include John Prine and Bob Dylan, and his music is also reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen's early albums. Like these artists, Rybka's lyrics get to the heart of a story without mincing words and are reinforced by classic, soulful music and arrangements. Take the chorus of "The Last Man Standing":
"Don't want to be the last man standing/Don't want to be left here alone/Don't want to be the last man standing/Just want to be the man who walks you home." Another good example is "Leaving My Life With You."

Rybka also reveals some wickedly entertaining black humor in songs such as "The Happy Song" and "So Good To See You." These are two of my favorite songs -- they neatly capture the ironies of life and love. The lyrics of "The Happy Song" are contrasted with a catchy, uptempo '50s rock arrangement. "So Good To See You" is taken to the next level by great percussion, Hammond organ, and some great blues guitar riffs.

ABOUT THE ALBUM - Run with me
"Back Roads." Great Song, Style and Vocals. It's not only good folk/rock music, it's also a great country track. Paul, your fan from Future Now.
- Paul, your fan from Future Now, IMRadio comment...

Thanks again for sharing your CD "Run With Me." The stories your songs tell are full of keen observations, introspection, imagination, and humor. I think I liked "And the rain came down" the best. I'll be humming the chorus to myself today. "
- From: LD New York, NY

Fantastic rockin' bluesy folk tunes, Tony. I'm tappin' my toes and listening to your words. Great job! From a fellow folkie, -"Uglier" is a great song, Tony.

I wanted to let you know that WOZQ 91.9FM is adding Walking Back to Heaven to its rotation for airplay. Thanks for sending this to us! "
- Thealexa Becker ... Music Director WOZQ 91.9 FM, Via e-mail

Oh, one more thing: During Friday's show I made the argument that modern, indie-folk singer Tony Rybka was "Dylanesque", and I even ventured to argue that he was "better than Bob Dylan". I would encourage you to engage in a hearty debate with me by googling Rybka, listening to his music, and judging for yourself. You in? "
- DJ CelticED (Edward Burke) WWPV 88.7 FM “The Mike”, From the internet... (Sep 24, 2010)

"dig the blues/folk sound you got going on there; music/vocs are good; contemp blues i would say? very very good; itunes should serve you well...'666/dream' is my fav; 'waiting on a train' adef/'what can i say?' makes me smile; i can relate...'a woman like you' makes me think of a band & a basement; scotch tape; MANY THANKS; MUSIC IS GOOD "
- JS from somewhere in CA,, What the fans are saying..

"I’m loving your cd as much as I thought I would. Your music is intoxicating - romantic sometimes, nostalgic in places, the images evocative. The lyrics are pure poetry, but poetry that rolls out easily and doesn’t try too hard. The singing is powerful, the chord changes just right, all the talent top-notch. I can identify with these songs, feel like I’ve lived them... "
- RM from Austin, TX, What the fans are saying...

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# (PST) Name length Rating
1 9:00 When We Get Old 03:25 4
2 9:03 Long Lonely Night 05:43 4
3 9:09 Uglier Than I Am 04:39 4
4 9:14 A.K.A. Things to Say 04:06 4
5 9:18 Wasting Time 03:37 4
6 9:21 Back Roads 04:01 3
7 9:26 Last Temptation 04:02 4
8 9:30 And The Rain Came Down 05:45 4