“We kill time and wonder why it dies. Guess it’s in our nature to deny.”
(From The Hourglass from the Barnstormer album coming spring 2018)
When Rhyan wrote these lyrics, she was 16 years old. Always described as an “old soul,” Rhyan has been writing for and fronting an adult band since she was 11. Her homeschooling has allowed her to travel all over the country performing, writing, recording and even meeting and sharing a stage with some of her inspirations along the way.
2017 saw her playing in Nashville at least two weekends each month. Her third album was the ghost story-inspired concept album The Legend of Lavinia Fisher. She heard the story of Lavinia on a ghost tour in Charleston, SC and it stirred up her Tim Burton-inspired creativity, manifesting in a story that takes a modern day traveler back in time to 1800’s Charleston and into Lavinia’s Sweeney-Toddesque Inn, the Six Mile Wayfarer’s House. On the album, guests Fats Kaplin, Carl Verheyen and Warren Hood perfectly captured the beautifully dark mood of Rhyan’s Lavinia story.
The band’s first two albums were an experimental time for Rhyan’s writing, spanning her 11th-13th years, and they showcased her diverse early influences from Jack White to Norah Jones to Cyndi Lauper to Brenda Lee to Maria McKee, Beck and more. As Lavinia came to life, Rhyan found her sound and her home in alt-country/Americana. The album has gotten lots of airplay and was the first album she released on vinyl. Fats Kaplin joined her band for a vinyl release show at legendary Grimey’s in Nashville.
Just as Lavinia was where Rhyan found her sound, Barnstormer is where she’s found her voice. The new album is currently in production and will be the most intimate, personal music she’s written. Keep an eye out for tour dates for 2018 and Barnstormer’s spring release. Rhyan plays solo shows, trio shows with her mom, Toni Karpinski on harmony vocals and Jeff Binder on bass and full band shows adding Sherri McGee on drums and Harlan Cecil on guitar.
When she isn’t writing, playing or recording music, Rhyan can be found hosting and co-producing BalconyTV Kentucky, editing videos, doing homework and hanging out with her 4 dogs in her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky.