ArtsLinks Summer Series Continues
Singer songwriter Ryan Ritchea, originally from New Martinsville, continues the 2019 ArtsLink Summer Coffeehouse Series. The free show will begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 22, on the lawn of the Francis Creative Arts Center at the corner of Maple Avenue and Washington Street in New Martinsville. The Summer Coffeehouse series is sponsored by First Mutual Bank. Light refreshments will be served. ArtsLink president, Scarlet Hood, comments, “Rain or shine, bring a lawn chair and enjoy great entertainment!”
Ritchea says his love of music comes from his family. He has fond memories of riding in his father’s truck and singing along with Alabama, listening to Buck Owens and His Buckaroos with his great-grandfather, and many visits to the Lincoln Theater with his grandparents to see The Ebert Brothers. Those influences inspired Ritchea to start singing when he was 11 years old. In 2005, he was selected to be a member of the American Choral Director Association’s Nation Elementary School Honor Choir in Los Angeles. After performing with this choir, Ritchea started performing and competing in many local shows and events.
Ritchea also started taking guitar lessons from Ron Hoskinson, beginning another phase in his musical journey, and developing his passion for playing.
Over the past several months, Ritchea has been working in the studio to complete an album of his own original music. His self-titled EP, which consists of the first half of this album, will be available for purchase at this show. Ritchea says, “There are songs on here that I wrote to tell stories. My favorite thing about country music is the story telling.” Those stories come from days and nights playing in jam bands with local legends, love and dating, and tragedies involving classmates and friends. “I can’t wait to share these stories with everyone,” Ritchea says.
ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact Donna Earley at 304-455-2278 to request assistance. Financial support for ArtsLink activities is provided by The City of New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Commission, West Virginia Northern Community College, W E T Z/ W Y M J Radio, EQT Foundation, and Ohio Valley Online. For more information, call 304-455-2278.