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INTRIGUERS MAKING WAVES: RYAN HURD
7/31/20

By Holly Gleason

Hurd is the closest thing to a classic singer/songwriter as you’ll find in Music City, occupying terrain somewhere between Jackson Browne/Neil Young and Ed Sheeran/Jason Isbell.

Yes, he’s written massive hits for Diplo with Morgan Wallen (“Heartless”), Blake Shelton (“Lonely Tonight”), Luke Bryan (“Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”) and Lady A (“What If I Never Get Over You”), all of which are reconfigured on his new EOM EP, as well as Tim McGraw (“Last Turn Home”) and Maren Morris/Brothers Osborne (the Grammy-nominated “All My Favorite People”); but he’s more compelling stripping things back and unfurling little moments that hold big memories.

“To a T” has 89m plays on Spotify alone, where “Diamonds or Twine” and “Love in a Bar” are just under 30m. For the organic-leaning musician, success on his terms seems destined to flow from reflecting love, striving and connecting on a deeper level back to the 20- and 30-somethings seeking (and settling into) their places in the world. Those values make his new “Every Other Memory” linger long after it’s finished playing.