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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.

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Articles by Ryan Madora:

  • The Lightbulb Moment: A Tale of Two Pickups

    The Lightbulb Moment: A Tale of Two Pickups

    It was a humid, mid-summer night in 2010. Navigating to the venue seemed to take forever as the streets were bustling with 20-somethings heading to this restaurant and that, celebrating their two-day vacation from the confines of their offices. This particular club was familiar… I had played there once a month for almost a year... »

  • Bass Players to Know: Louis Johnson

    Bass Players to Know: Louis Johnson

    A long, long time ago, when I decided to leave the confines of my basement and embark on weekly private lessons, I was lucky enough to find a teacher who opened my eyes and ears to the playing and players of bass. Yes, we focused on technique and theory. And yes, I was a known... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Tom Hamilton

    Bass Players To Know: Tom Hamilton

    Since Bill Wyman was the focus of the previous Bass Players to Know column, I’ve suddenly found myself excited by the timeless tradition of rock and roll. Whether it’s the loud guitars, eccentric front men, or iconic songs, the great rock and roll bands embody the sound, image, and appeal of “cool.” As a child... »

  • Bass Players to Know: Bill Wyman

    Bass Players to Know: Bill Wyman

    While the quote “It’s Only Rock and Roll But I Like It” has become a bit trite, there’s no denying the fact that it’s true. It requires a certain amount of raw talent, part-driven playing, and soulful swagger to play in one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. As an integral... »

  • Bass Players to Know: Gail Ann Dorsey

    Bass Players to Know: Gail Ann Dorsey

    To quote one of my favorite musical guilty pleasures, it’s time to throw a little girl power into the mix. As a stellar vocalist and compelling player, Gail has had a reputable solo career and has recorded and toured with artists including David Bowie, Tears for Fears, Lenny Kravitz, Dar Williams, The Indigo Girls, and... »

  • Bass Players to Know: Oteil Burbridge

    Bass Players to Know: Oteil Burbridge

    Each time I embark on a new column, I find myself humbled and overwhelmed by the talent and contributions of the chosen “Bass Player to Know.” There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll discover new music, recognize the birth of different styles, and become more in tune with the virtuosity of the player. As... »

  • Bass Players to Know: Richard Davis

    Bass Players to Know: Richard Davis

    As a college student, I spent many an afternoon roaming the streets of New York City, finding new routes to take me from my hole-in-the-wall apartment to the halls of academia, and creating new musical playlists along the way. I developed a healthy obsession to certain songwriters… Van Morrison, Janis Ian, Paul Simon, and even... »

  • Bass Players To Know: George Porter Jr.

    Bass Players To Know: George Porter Jr.

    It should be no surprise that George Porter, Jr.’s picture was used to feature our announcement of the Bass Players to Know series, because frankly, he’s one of the funkiest men out there. Devilishly hiding behind an old, authentically road worn Fender P-bass, he can speak volumes with a single note played in just the... »

  • Bass Players to Know: Willie Dixon

    Bass Players to Know: Willie Dixon

    There comes a point in every bassist’s life when it’s time to play the blues. Perhaps it’s in a garage, where you’re jamming with some friends for the first time and with rudimentary technical skill and limited song knowledge, someone suggests playing a “Blues in E.” Or perhaps it’s during a lesson, where your teacher... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Ray Brown

    Bass Players To Know: Ray Brown

    It’s about time to spread the love a little for the double bass, and today we’re focusing on the superbly classy and undeniably classic, Ray Brown. So who is Ray Brown? A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Brown grew up playing piano and made the transition to bass while in high school. Like many Pennsylvanian-born bass... »