September 16, 2011
Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand will perform Friday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hart Auditorium at Brigham Young University-Idaho.


Opening for Ryan Shupe will be Truman, a young duo out of Nashville featuring brothers Ben and Chad Truman.


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 quite a few 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."


Tickets for the Center Stage Performing Arts Series event are $6 and may be ordered by calling 496-2230 or online at