In 2010, songwriter Ryan Traster took to the road as a solo artist. He hasn’t stopped moving since. Whether it be from one coast to another, or from one musical style to another, Ryan’s multiple releases and nomadic lifestyle reflect his unwavering stand against being confined to one place or musical genre. This is not an easy road, and each of his releases, which range in style from indie to garage to folk to power-pop, has come at a steep price. Whether it be sleepless nights in a cold van or working odd jobs to pay for studio time, Ryan does what’s necessary to realize his artistic vision on his terms. And the hard work is paying off. Ryan and his music have been featured on American Songwriter, Death and Taxes, Daytrotter,  iTunes “New & Noteworthy”, MPR, City Pages and more, in addition to receiving national radio play and placement in several popular television shows. Six years of hard living later, Ryan Traster is only getting stronger, releasing a highly anticipated new EP produced by Ed Ackerson (Joseph Arthur, Jayhawks, Polara) on 9/30 via Dead Letter Records/The Orchard.

What Others Have Said:
“Catchy, classic folk-rock tunes”

-NPR’s The Current

“A folk-country gem teeming with wanderlust and impeccable vocals”


Get Easy cuts straight to the chase, brushes cheeks with brashness, and makes no apologies”

-City Pages (Voice Media)

“Traster delivers a harmonious hook that’s reminiscent of the good stuff from the 90′s”


“A hip, smooth-voiced singer/songwriter from Minneapolis… whose debut EP evokes comparisons to Grant Lee Phillips or Josh Ritter…”

– Minneapolis Star Tribune

“An extremely impressive slice of americana.”

– My Old Kentucky Blog

“A wanderer in spirit, Traster’s music is grounded with twangy instrumentation, swoon-worthy tenor and mournful Americana melody.”

– Metromix.com

“Warm, folk-influenced pop that’s likely to appeal to Jayhawks fans…”

– St. Paul Pioneer Press