Artists - Blues Rock and Roots

Ryan Hamilton & the Harlequin Ghosts

“Just fantastic!”: Adam Duritz (Counting Crows)

Based near Fort Worth, Texas, singer/songwriter Ryan Hamilton released his first solo album, the critically acclaimed ‘Hell of a Day’, back in 2015. Prior to this, Ryan had experienced success across North America and Canada with former band Smile Smile.

February 2017 saw the first release under the banner ‘Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors’ – with the album ‘the Devil’s in the Detail’ hailing the introduction of the ‘Traitors’ – UK based band mates Mickey Richards on drums and Rob Lane on bass. Single ‘Heavy Heart’ was playlisted by Kerrang! Radio, as later was the follow-up ‘Smarter’, also put into heavy rotation by XS Manchester.

These tracks, along with the charity single (for Samaritans) ‘F**k You Brain’, written & recorded with former touring buddy Ginger Wildheart, have in turn been voted Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘Track of the Week’. Little Steven/Stevie van Zandt has not only bestowed upon the band the honour of ‘coolest song in the world’ multiple times now, he also play-listed half the album on his Sirius XM show, Little Steven’s Underground Garage.

Upon signing to Stevie Van Zandt’s ‘Wicked Cool’ label in June 2018 the band underwent a name change and are now Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts. 2019 single Mamacita was playlisted on over 100 UK radio stations and syndicated across the US. 

Ryan and the band have recently completed a West Coast tour of the US and upon personal invitation also played Adam Duritz’ (Counting Crows) ‘Underwater Sunshine’ festival in NYC and The Alarm’s Gathering festival in both Wales and NYC. Mike Peters of The Alarm has said of Ryan: “this young man is the future of rock n’roll!”

Debut album (under the new band name) ‘This Is The Sound’ was released on Wicked Cool May 2019 – here are just a few of the glowing quotes so far:

“Pretty much unrivalled by anyone. There is a warmth about his gigs, there is a skill in his song writing and he’s got a proper rock n roll band too. He has become the King of the three minute pop rock song”: Maximum Volume

“Riff-driven guitars, catchy chorus’, gritty addictive vocals, teetering between old style Brit punk and straight up old school rock n roll”: Music Junkie

“This Is The Sound is just spectacular!”: Adam Duritz (Counting Crows)

“Ryan Hamilton and The Harlequin Ghosts offer a bygone brand of rock that thrusts and quivers, unleashing go-getting electricity”: Glide magazine

“An album of masterful songs guaranteed to lift your spirits and make you smile”: RPM