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Ryan Madora

Ryan Madora

Redefining the look of traditional bass players, Ryan Madora is currently lighting up the Nashville music scene with old school soul and blues inspired grooves. After graduating from New York University with a B.M. in Music Business, Ryan began her career as a player in her hometown of Philadelphia. After a few years playing in different projects, teaching lessons and ensembles, and traversing the tri-state area, she decided to shift gears. In early 2012, Ryan packed up the car, threw the basses in the back, and made the move to Nashville.

Ryan began playing bass at the age of 14 after spending a handful of years playing percussion. Her world was flipped upside-down after seeing the Blues Brothers movies and “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.” Since then, she has always aspired to be a great “groove” player while maintaining a strong sense of melody.

Well versed in various styles including Top 40, folk, country, rock, and zydeco, her true love is the blues. In addition to playing, Ryan has been active in the music industry, focusing on concert production, promotion, booking, and performing rights organizations. Ryan works with various artists in Nashville and beyond but enjoys maintaining her East Coast roots. She has studied with Gerald Veasley, Anthony Wellington, Mike Richmond, Chuck Anderson, Adam Nitti, and many others.

Learn more about Ryan on her website: www.ryanmadora.com.

Articles by Ryan Madora:

  • Bass Players to Know: Tommy Cogbill

    Bass Players to Know: Tommy Cogbill

    For those of you keeping tabs, it’s safe to say that I’m a soul music junkie. Motown, Philly Soul, R&B from Memphis and Muscle Shoals, you name it — I can’t get enough. I’m a sucker for listening to old records, reading books about the development of record labels such as Stax and Atlantic, and... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Support Your Local Economy, Part 3

    The Lightbulb Moment: Support Your Local Economy, Part 3

    The world is a big place. Thankfully, no matter where you go, there’s a good chance that you’ll run into some pretty talented people. Every now and then, these gifted individuals muster up the courage to put their money where their mouth is; they take a leap of faith and invest in their own abilities,... »

  • Bass Players to Know: Bob Cranshaw

    Bass Players to Know: Bob Cranshaw

    One of my favorite pastimes is reading album credits. Who played on that song? This guy did the whole record! They were also the backing band for those guys! It’s music trivia galore and these discoveries are sweet little surprises that build the timeline of music history. It’s often fun to play guessing games, to... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Support Your Local Economy, Part 2

    The Lightbulb Moment: Support Your Local Economy, Part 2

    I remember the day that I got my first bass. Months of daydreaming culminated in a trip to Medley Music, a local music store just outside of Philadelphia. I knew that place well. It was a few blocks down the street from an ice cream parlor, a movie theater, restaurants, and various businesses. A frequent... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Norbert Putnam

    Bass Players To Know: Norbert Putnam

    There’s something special about overturning the rocks of musical history and revealing the identity of a bass player to know. It’s a treasured moment of discovery, a series of lines connecting the dots, and a great reason to be inspired by our instrument and those who have played it best. This Bass Players to Know... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Support Your Local Economy, Part 1

    The Lightbulb Moment: Support Your Local Economy, Part 1

    We live in a pretty hectic world. In addition to our day-to-day worries, such as battling traffic and remembering to buy toilet paper, we can’t seem to escape from the never-ending news cycle. Lately, politics seem to have taken over; there is ongoing discussion of constitutional amendments, how to deal with big business and the... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Chris Wolstenholme

    Bass Players To Know: Chris Wolstenholme

    Again spotlighting the anchor of a power trio, this Bass Players To Know features Chris Wolstenholme, bassist for Muse. Since the mid-90’s, Muse has released innovative and intelligent music that continues to push the boundaries of rock. Their larger-than-life stage presence, persistence in the industry, and brilliant multi-instrumentalism continues to result in hit records and... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Studio Tones

    The Lightbulb Moment: Studio Tones

    For most musicians, walking into a professional recording studio is like setting foot in Disneyland. There are so many colors, so many shiny microphones, so many synthesizers! You want to touch everything, including those knobs on the console that are so perfectly aligned. The faint scent of aged wood, treated walls, and ghostly vibrations transport... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Edgar Meyer

    Bass Players To Know: Edgar Meyer

    There’s nothing like being in a symphony hall and experiencing the sound of a double bass. The tone of the instrument is enhanced by the beauty of the room and the reverence for hundreds of years of Western musical culture. The low, resonant notes fill the space like fresh coffee being poured into your favorite... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Major? Minor? Why Bother?

    The Lightbulb Moment: Major? Minor? Why Bother?

    Being a bass player is awesome. Not only do you get to hang in the back and groove, but you get to skate by on all of that “theory” stuff that guitar players have to deal with. You know… like chords and whatnot. We only have to play one note at a time! That’s like…... »