April 8, 2010
Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand will perform Friday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hart Auditorium at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.

Ryan started playing violin at the age of five and has since picked up the guitar and mandolin. He describes his music as "good-old American country bluegrass music with blues and rock."

After building a solid regional following in Utah, the group elected to try their hand at a bigger dream. Their highly polished skills and string-based sound piqued the interest of several record labels. Signing initially with Capitol Records, they made the well-received album, Dream Big, released in 2005 and produced by Jason Deere. That album produced the hit single "Dream Big," which was used as the theme song for NBC's prime-time show, Three Wishes, hosted by Amy Grant. Other popular songs include "Banjo Boy" and "Even Superman."

They later parted ways with the label but continued to tour steadily and work on new material, some of which was heard by new label Montage Music Group, which immediately signed the group. Their new CD, Last Man Standing, is a progression from their previous albums.

Tickets for the Center Stage Performing Arts Series event are $10 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students and employees. Tickets may be ordered by calling 496-2230 or online at www.byui.edu/tickets beginning April 12.