Parker County Today September 2016 - Page 64

Continued from page 47 SEPTEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Ryan Wilcox, Musician Dream Job: Musician, Singer/Songwriter Growing up, Ryan Wilcox has always wanted to be a musician. But then he realized that he had a talent for singing and writing songs. Wilcox started out playing music backing up other musicians as a “side project,” because he was playing with other bands. “I’ve always listened to every kind of music from classical and older country music to rap,” Wilcox said. “I just play what I feel. I don’t try to mimic other artists. I feel like I know great music so when I play, it sounds like a mesh of all of those styles.” His musical influences are legion and he has a hint of an Irish sound.  “I have at least a dozen influences that include singer-songwriters like Ray LaMontagne, Neal Young and Bob Dylan,” said the 25-year-old Parker Countian who has gained remarkab le popularity around the Metroplex, playing in trendy dives, clubs and coffee houses like Lola’s, The Capitol Bar, and The Grotto. He has also been a big hit at some of PCT’s charitable events including Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes and Boots, BBQ & Bachelors. Because of his unique style, soulful sound and three-dimensional lyrics, he’s gained in popularity because listening to him is a true joy. He has a long list of songs and isn’t stuck in one era. Original works range from Junior Kimbrough influenced blues jams, to Dylanesque folk ballads driven by finger-style guitars and harmonica. It’s hard to believe that he’s only 25.  “I’d just like to be playing in front of as many people as possible,” Wilcox said. “I’d like to be making a very comfortable living playing my music, but my main goal is to play and reach as many people as possible.” While the Metroplex has no shortage of singer/ songwriters, for lots of singer songwriters, it’s the way that Wilcox connects with his audience that sets him apart from other 20-something musicians. He has the stage presence of a far more seasoned artist, like Damien Rice or Ray LaMontagne. PCT predicts that Wilcox is headed for great things and big success. For now he’s clearly enjoying his growing fame and the small venues that someday soon will be a luxury for him, because he’ll be selling out bigger venues. Continued on page 70 62