Rylan Brooks Country Music


The RYLAN BROOKS music family continues to grow. We appreciate and respect all the amazing and talented musicians who are a part of RYLAN BROOKS. They continue to help make great music for our fans and for us. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them. We love you all.

Jason Jonik, electric guitar player with RYLAN BROOKS
Jason Jonik - Electric Guitar

Jason Jonik is a guitar player based in Philadelphia, PA. He is a staple on the scene there, where he has played with Pawnshop Roses, Matt Spitko, Ben Arnold, Ryan Tennis, Morgan and the Pinkstones, and of course, Rylan Brooks among others. He is entirely ear-trained, which makes his playing exciting and ever-evolving. He’s rambled up and down the east coast in a conversion van named Vanna White and lived the gypsy life on a 1964 GM bus in the Blue Ridge Mountains busking for his supper, and has the stories and songs to show for it. We've also never seen him without a Stetson on.

Andy Keenan, Pedal Steel Guitar with RYLAN BROOKS
Andy Keenan - Pedal Steel Guitar

Andy Keenan is a Nashville based, multi-instrumentalist and musical director. He has recorded and toured nationally and internationally with artists like Amos Lee, Jennifer Nettles, Sweetback Sisters, Calexico, War and Treaty, and more.

Fred Berman, drummer with RYLAN BROOKS
Fred Berman - Drums

Fred Berman has performed and recorded with Tommy Conwell, G. Love, Mutlu, Schoolly D and many others. He also performed and recorded with Singer-Songwriter Amos Lee from 2002 until 2018. Fred began playing drums at the age of nine, inspired by Ringo Starr, and his neighbor’s Motown and R&B record collection. This started a lifelong journey down a musical path that took Fred from West Philly to the prestigious Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. There, he studied classical percussion with Anthony Orlando of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also took lessons with R&B and studio legend Bernard Purdie. Fred has kept one thing in the front of his musical mind: “Make it feel good!”

Ross Bellenoit, Lead Guitar with RYLAN BROOKS
Ross Bellenoit - Lead Guitar

Ross Bellenoit has already forged quite a career path, racking up impressive credits as a guitarist, composer and producer. After moving to Philadelphia in 2003, Bellenoit quickly became the leading axe-man for a thriving singer-songwriter scene that spawned Amos Lee (Blue Note), Birdie Busch (Bar None), and ASCAP award-winner John Francis. More recently, he's been making his mark as a songwriter himself, and also as a recording producer and arranger. Raised in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, Bellenoit trained on classical guitar for ten years (and viola for five) before studying jazz guitar at the University of the Arts — but Bellenoit is not the sort of musician who lets his studies do the talking. A spontaneous, in-the-moment improviser and consummate team player, Bellenoit has spent the past six years training himself to stay on his toes, and to anticipate the un-obvious. "If there's one thing that I try to keep aware of," Bellenoit says, "it's the song's temperament. Whether you're playing 'How High The Moon' to a handful of jazz afficionados or singing a folk tune that you wrote yourself, you have to surrender yourself completely to the moment. Serve the song, and the song will serve you." Bellenoit more often than not can be found in the recording studio. He has contributed to a wide array of albums — rock records, jazz records, gospel records, R&B records, even a song about cheeseburgers written for Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig Laban. He's worked with renowned producers John Carter Cash, Phil Nicolo and Brian McTear — and now, working out of Turtle Studios in South Philadelphia, Bellenoit is producing records for singer-songwriters himself. Bellenoit has also racked up a considerable amount of touring experience, most notably touring with Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello as a member of Amos Lee's band in 2007. He's made multiple regional tours with honky-tonk group The Sweetback Sisters (with whom he appeared on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion") fellow Philadelphian songstress Birdie Busch, and has toured internationally several times with German-based Joseph Parsons Band since 2008.

John Cunningham, Bass Guitar with RYLAN BROOKS
John Cunningham - Bass Guitar

John Cunningham is a Philadelphia based singer/songwriter who plays many instruments. He has recorded and performed with many people including Jim Boggia, Pete Donnelly, Edmund, No Good Sister, Richard Hunter, Neil Nathan, and his own group, Needlefish. John started playing music at age eight and was raised on The Beatles. While not playing music, John can be found practicing landscaping arts, which just goes to show, you never know who’s cuttin’ the lawn unless you’re the one cuttin’ it.

Bob Beach, harmonica player with RYLAN BROOKS
Bob Beach - Harmonica

Bob Beach’s career has spanned more than 40 years. While his roots are in blues, rock and folk, his innate feel for the music transcends genre, and can be integrated into everything from hip hop to bluegrass to kids’ cabaret and more. This has been accomplished both in the studio and at live performances. In addition to masterful harmonica, Bob’s skills include strong percussive flute work, and soulful vocals. Bob currently performs with David Jacobs-Strain, The Melton Brothers, The Cat’s Pajamas, Meghan Cary, Philadelphia Jug Band, the Manatawny Creek Ramblers and Rylan Brooks. He also co- fronts the Theologicals and leads the Bob Beach Trio.

Hannah Taylor, featured artist with RYLAN BROOKS
Hannah Taylor - Featured Artist

Hailing from the dairy lands of central New York, Hannah Taylor has been a city slickin', bar croonin' party animal sultress of Philadelphia for over 10 years.With a repertoire spanning blues to bluegrass to rockabilly to country, she does it all. Mostly.Dubbed "Queen of Country Night" at Bob and Barbara's, she has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many Philly greats and returns to Folk Fest for the third year on stage. Watch her pick up any guitar, flip it upside down, and finger-pick it right into your heart.Her voice will lead you to an underworld of dark bars, dirty blues, drug songs, glamorous messes, beautiful disasters, and the elusive chase of happiness.When she's not singing, she's brooding in her art studio creating portraits, album art, band posters, vulgar valentines cards, snarky christmas cards, decorating washboards, or tinkering on some sort of project.Her hair is teased as high as the heavens and she has a sweet set of pipes to match, so if you're in the mood for some sass and brass, follow the pompadour to the party -because she's leading the parade.

Erik Sayles, electric guitar player with RYLAN BROOKS
Erik Sayles - Lead Guitar

Owner and founder of The Music Workshop, Erik attended The Guitar Institute of Technology (1989) as well as earning a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Performance from The University of the Arts in 1993 (recipient of The Faculty Award). He is a D'Addario string endorsee/performing artist since 1998. Erik has performed at such esteemed jazz venues and festivals as the JVC Jazz Festival, Jazz Arts Festival, Knitting Factory Jazz Fest, Sweet Basils, and Blues Alley. Aside from being active in performance, Erik also has extensive studio experience. Some of the most current studio projects: Performed This is My World on Twentieth Century Fox's 2001 release "Shallow Hal" starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black. Multiple Grammy Award Winner and Atlantic Recording Artist Darius Rucker (lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish) 2002 solo release Back to Then. Grammy Award Winner and Sony/Hidden Beach recording artist Jill Scott "Who is Jill Scott?" (This recording was nominated for two Grammy awards and sold over 2 million copies.) EMI recording artist Sakura. Sony recording artist Vivian Greens' A Love Story (2003). Jive records recording artist Raheim.





Photography by Rich Wexler

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