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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: Bernard Edwards

    Bass Players To Know: Bernard Edwards

    I’d like to title this column: “Better Late Than Never.” You’ve heard his bass lines at weddings, on the radio, at the supermarket, and possibly while waiting on the phone for the next available representative. His grooves defined the funk and disco era with their syncopated and infectious hooks, in-your-face tone, and get your booty... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Three’s Accompany

    The Lightbulb Moment: Three’s Accompany

    When it comes to accompanying a singer or soloist, there’s nothing like the power of three. The rock trio. The jazz trio. The trio of cheeses provided in the green room. It’s the perfect way to get the bases covered (no pun intended). While there are various forms of trio instrumentation (keys, bass, drums; guitar,... »

  • Bass Players To Know: John Illsley

    Bass Players To Know: John Illsley

    Following up the previous BPTK, (Rutger Gunnarrson), I found it only appropriate to highlight another late 1970’s popular music icon from across the pond. This time, we focus on the great John Illsley of Dire Straits. A longtime member of the band, his bass lines provide the perfect backdrop to Knopfler’s guitar playing and singing.... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: One, Four, Five

    The Lightbulb Moment: One, Four, Five

    “Hey, so we’re in G and it’s a one, four, five thing. Cool? Count it off.” Here we go again… Whether it’s a local blues jam, and evening hang at your friend’s garage-turned-music-room, or a gig where someone decides to deviate from the setlist, the notion of calling a “One, Four, Five” can leave us... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Rutger Gunnarsson

    Bass Players To Know: Rutger Gunnarsson

    If there’s a nation of people that I truly respect for their cultural contributions, it’s the Swedes. Meatballs, streamlined and affordable modern design, and, of course, pop music. No wonder they are some of the happiest people on the planet. Thanks to their feel-good vibes, infectious beats, and accessible musicality, people all over the world... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Easy Come, Easy Go

    The Lightbulb Moment: Easy Come, Easy Go

    In true professional musician fashion, I recently received a set list for an upcoming gig and had a mini panic attack when I took a look at the final song. An anthem, that’s for sure, but one that is rarely attempted in a live setting. It’s a song that most people are familiar with, thanks... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Jim Hughart

    Bass Players To Know: Jim Hughart

    A seasoned sideman with a soulful and sophisticated approach, Jim Hughart has not only backed up some of the greatest jazz artists, but has stood out as a first call session musician on the Los Angeles recording scene. Frequently accompanying Joe Pass and Tom Waits, his premier upright playing can be heard on records of... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Time Games

    The Lightbulb Moment: Time Games

    Game #1: The Record Release Show Round 1—Rehearsal Time There’s something invigorating about working with a new artist, especially when they’re releasing a record and learning how to adapt their songs to a live show. The drummer counts of the first tune and by the end of the chorus, the vocalist stops the band. “Hey... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Neil Stubenhaus

    Bass Players To Know: Neil Stubenhaus

    There are a handful of legendary West Coast session cats that most of us are familiar with… Carol Kaye, Joe Osborn, Leland Sklar, Abraham Laboriel Sr., Nathan East, and Chuck Rainey, just to name a few. Dig a little deeper and you may come across the work of Neil Stubenhaus and the hundreds of records... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Habit Vs. Intuition

    The Lightbulb Moment: Habit Vs. Intuition

    If there’s one thing I love doing, it’s pedaling eighth notes. So much so, you might say that I make a habit of it. There’s something incredibly therapeutic about playing one note, but playing it well, and focusing on all of the ways this seemingly simple rhythmic pattern can be manipulated. The art of the... »