According to jazz legend Jimmy Cobb,
"in a couple of minutes, he's gonna be a monster!"
Did you ever wonder what some of today's top musicians
sounded like when they were young?
Did you ever wish you could've heard a rising star
when they were still a teenager?
Originally from North Dakota, Ian relocated to the Asheville area and has hit the ground running. He's assembled a band of some of the areas top players including Jake Wolf on bass and James Kylen on percussion. His father, Jaimeson Ridenhour nails down the guitar.
His new album Quietly Making Noise is out now.
"Ian Ridenhour [. . .] manages to write and perform songs that are accessible and relevant to adults and his peers while remaining authentic to who he is as a young man exploring his own identity in relation to the world around him, testing out relationships and frameworks for perceiving the world. [. . .] It is thrilling to watch an artist begin a public career with as much promise as Ian’s."
David LaMotte, songwriter/peacemaker:
"When I first met young Ian Ridenhour, he sat down behind the drum set at one of my gigs and proceeded to bang out a rendition of 'I Saw Her Standing There' with all the fervor of Keith Moon. Little did I know this boy genius had a number of other tricks up his sleeve, including beautiful piano playing, interesting songwriting, and a mellifluous voice.
Watch this kid, ladies and germs. He is going for it. "
BJ Leiderman, NPR composer
Here's a clip of Ian's previous band up in North Dakota.