Ryan McGarvey: Forward in Reverse Review

If you were looking for the next big thing in blues look no further than Ryan McGarvey. He is the future of the genre.

Forward in Reverse was released in 2007 and is McGarvey’s debut album. The 23-year-old will have his work cut out for him trying to match the quality work he delivers on this album.

McGarvey’s guitar work is scorching and you can hear the influences of Stevie Ray Vaughan in “Texas Special,” and Joe Bonamassa in “Blue Eyed Angel Blues.” Still McGarvey manages to capture a sound of his own. His vocals are also very impressive and distinct.

Ryan McGarvey is one of the best guitarists you’ve never heard.

The Review: 9.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Joyride
– The One That Got Away
– Watch Yourself
– Someone Like You
– Blue Eyed Angel Blues
– Cryin’ Over you

The Big Hit

– The One That Got Away

Pete Francis

Pete Francis is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blues Rock Review. Pete launched Blues Rock Review full-time in 2011 because he felt there was a major void in how the blues rock genre was covered. Pete is the host of Blues Rock Weekly and a co-host on the Blues Rock Show.

One thought on “Ryan McGarvey: Forward in Reverse Review

  • June 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Great review! However, I can assure you that not only does McGarvey have the skills to outdo this album, he is light years ahead of what is on the disc at this point. The music on this was recorded when he was just 19. He is so much better now. The future of the blues is right.

    In fact he was just named the winner of the Ernie Ball Play Crossroads contest. Thus he will be at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival on June 26th at Toyota Park in Chicago.



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