Janet Ryan and Straight Up! blends the wailing voice of singer/songwriter Janet Ryan, with the talents of blues guitarist/singer Ray Chaput. The feel of the music is blues, and it's combined with a unique soulful sound that takes the music to another level. You can feel the influence of Etta James and Janis Joplin, the blues of Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, and the soul of Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin. Janet Ryan and Straight Up is a hard working band. In addition to headlining many gigs, they have shared the stage with or opened for John Hammond, Guitar Shorty, James Montgomery, Solomon Burke, Sherman Robertson, Little Ed and the Blues Imperials, James Cotton, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Fliers, the Holmes Brothers, Johnny Winter, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Sugar Ray and the BlueTones, Magic Dick and J. Geils, Monster Mike Welch, Chris Duarte, Dickey Betts, Michael Hill's Blues Mob, Charles Neville, Roomful of Blues, Jeff Pitchell, Joe Moss, and many more. Find Janet on Facebook. Search for Janet Barker Ryan. The word is out: Don't miss this band! They are now booking performances. Janet and her production company can provide entertainment for all occasions. From solo performance, duo and trio gigs, to full band shows, she is guaranteed to deliver a first rate show every time.
"Disc is very impressive!" "Infectious grooves"Valley Advocate newspaper
"Dynamic performer with a strong voice and an ace backing band" "Music rooted in the blues, with a strong rock edge"Greenfield, MA, Recorder newspaper
"You have a very impressive voice"Valley Advocate
"You guys sound great!"Springfield Newspapers
"Janet Ryan and Straight Up - "Wrapped in Blue" - Writing original blues songs and singing them with a fiery passion, Janet Ryan has established herself as a force on the local live music scene. The band captures much of their live vibe with this 10 song disc. The band is rounded out by some guest horn and harp performances but truly thrives on Ryan's sass and attitude."Springfield Union News columnist
"CD is quite good" "There's a new girl in town making quite a stir on the blues scene."Talent booker, writer for Blues Revue Magazine, and WRNX DJ...
" I would recommend you for any gig..."Bravo Magazine
"High Energy Rockin' Blues..."Program Director/DJ WRSI radio, 93.9 FM