New Album Shows Ryan Balthrop is Growing Up, But Not All the Way
When you showed up I growed up, but not all the way, I still like to play
I’ll play you a brand new love song as you sleep the day away.
-”I Blame My Happiness on You,” Ryan Balthrop
Window panes painted with pelicans, fish and lighthouses hang above toys scattered across the wood floor on Ryan Balthrop’s back porch. Signs of how his life has changed. Since his last album, Leap of Faith, released in 2013, he became a husband, a father and a visual artist. His new album, Fall Together, shows that he is growing up and learning what is important for his happiness.
“A lot has changed since the last time we sat on this porch and talked a few years ago,” Balthrop says. “I was down and didn’t know who I was. Now I know exactly who I am and what I want to do. I always saw myself as a father, but the rediscovery of art was a surprise and I am happy to have family and art in my life.”
Balthrop’s voice is a mix of Jack Johnson and Dr. John. He is still the life of the party and a force in flip flops, but he let go of some of the things that seemed important when he was single. “The entire album tells a story of love and conflict as seen through a new father’s eyes, with the joys and responsibilities that go along with it. My view of the world is different and it can be scary now that I have a family to protect.”