Jim Ryan was playing high school dances when his old
band mate Jim Carsten invited him to an audition
for The Outcasts. In the next
few years, they would release five singles, culminating with “1523
Blair” in 1967, and open for a variety of artists and bands,
including The Animals, Lou Christie, Herman’s Hermits, and The
Rolling Stones. The band split
and Jim joined The Swiss Movement and eventually made the great egress to
L.A. in 1969.
He had had enough after the 1971 earthquake, and moved
back to San Antonio, Texas, joining the band Kickin’
Can with Skip Maxfield. They played together for a couple of
years, forming Ryan’s Express in 1973.
Jim then decided to go back to school, majoring in
Voice at Incarnate Word. This
vastly changed the direction of his musical life, forgoing rock and roll
for gigs with the San Antonio Master Singers and the San Antonio Grand
Opera. He graduated in 1976 and
became a music teacher, a career he enjoyed for almost three decades.
In 1988, Jim founded Brain Dance Ink, a publishing
company that specializes in dance and folk songs. Much of the focus is on bi-lingual
educational tools, incorporating dance, games, songs, and theatre.
His success as an entrepreneur has allowed him the
luxury of pursuing his first love, playing music live, with the band that
bears his name. If you are
attending a dance, party, or wedding in Texas, you have an outside chance
of catching The Jim Ryan Band in action.