RIDDLE & THE STARS
This has that heartland rock sound that you may find in good bar bands, but is consistently a cut above.”

— http://www.folkworld.eu/

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Rats new coastline

Our new cd "New Coastline"

Click the picture and you can get a download of the album!

This is so brand new we don't even have cds yet!

More info soon.

Och jag kan efter upprepade spelningar de senaste veckor lova att den är helt omistlig för alla med stor plats i hjärtat för mixen av de här musikaliska ingridienserna. (And I can after numerous listenings the last couple of weeks, promise that it (the record) is an absolute must for all with a special place in their hearts for this mixture of these musical ingredients)”

— http://popgeni.blogg.se/2016/july/nodvandiga-riddle-the-stars.html

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About Us

Riddle & The Stars is a collaborative project between Australian singer/ songwriter Ben Riddle and The Fallen Stars, an Americana duo featuring Bobbo and Tracy Byrnes from Southern California.

After initially meeting as tour mates in Germany,  the three artists discovered an unexpected kinship, both musically and personally.  A few months later, Ben flew from Australia to California for a whirlwind 17-day recording session, resulting in “This is Happening,” their first album together. Drawing from a range of Indie, Americana and Folk influences, the music is layered with vocal harmonies along with rootsy instrumentation, such as the tenor guitar, pedal steel and cajon. One fan described their rich, dynamic sound as  “Fleetwood Mac meets The Waterboys."

On their sophomore album, “New Coastline," the band took a very different approach to the process. Working from opposite ends of the world, Bobbo, Tracy and Ben would send tracks via the internet and Skype their writing sessions together. From this simultaneous closeness and distance rose a theme of searching for home that runs throughout the album. What does home mean? Where can it be found? Or, as in their first single “Long Way Down,” is finding your sense of home and belonging far more about the person you are with than any place you could find on a map?

Even just ten years ago, a collaborative project like this could not have survived. Now with today’s technology, Riddle and the Stars are demonstrating the universal power of travel, music and friendship to bring the world ever closer together.

 

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Have you ever wondered what all the words were or how to play our songs? Well wonder no more - with this download you get all the words, all the chords and little bits about the songs. Be the envy of all your friends!

This is a pdf download that you print out yourself. We're looking into having some printed up for us but when you buy this from us - you can actually make extra copies yourself at home!

Helpful hint from Tracy: it should be printed double-sided with the flip on the short side

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Heiko Grein @ Songs & Whispers
heiko.grein@pspromotion-bremen.de 
+49 (0) 421 52627 - 0

Latest News

August 22, 2016 

2 things today:

1) We will have our October tour dates listed by Wednesday and hopefully we are coming to your town!  Well, as long as your town is in Europe, mostly Germany and Vienna.

2) Dig this - Review from Strutter Magazine: 

Riddle & The Stars is a collaborative project between Australian singer/ songwriter Ben Riddle and The Fallen Stars, an Americana duo from Southern California. They met while touring as seperate acts in Germany in a package tour, but ended up making music together when the tour was finished, with as result within a year an album titled New coastline. Indie/Americana/Alt.Folk like Fleetwood Mac meets The Waterboys has been a description and more or less it sometimes sounds a little like that. All combined it is a very spontaneous affair that brings us a diversity in styles throughout 10 songs that musically will mostly appeal to fans of westcoast/Americana laid-back smooth pop/rock in the style of let's say Calexico, Crowded House, Dawes, Wilco, The Jayhawks (A LOT!!!), War On Drugs and such. Highlights are the lovely relaxing Long way down and opener Running back to you, but actually most songs are a pleasure to listen to. The strongest point here are the use of 3 vocalists, each with an own range and together singing some beautiful harmonies. Could become a massive record if they are lucky enough that the big media picks it up! More info can be found at: www.riddleandthestars.com 

(Points: 8.4 out of 10)

August 21, 2016 

Hey - I think I forgot to mention the nice review we got in the Moors magazine!

http://www.moorsmagazine.com/muziek/country-en-americana/riddle-and-the-stars-new-coastline-sublieme-americana/

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July 24, 2016 

Alrighty, so what's new?

Well Ben is currently touring in Germany, Tracy and Bobbo are rocking in Southern California and Riddle & The Stars just got named "Best Country/Americana Band" by the Los Angeles Music Critic Awards!

So that's pretty cool.

Our label, Songs & Whispers, is gearing up for some promo of our latest album "New Coastline" and we will be touring it and doing some release shows in Europe in October of 2016.  

That is all for now.  Hit us up if you would like to book us for a show, festival or house concert.  We still have some available dates left in October.

Thanks!

June 5, 2016  Podcast

Hey, 

It's been pretty quiet here in RATS land.  Ben flew to France and just bought our tour bus for October, Tracy and Bobbo have resumed playing with TFS,  Bobbo has started recording a solo album...

But in the meantime - we have this little something to share with you.  We recorded this song, it's an oldie but we like it.  Hope you enjoy:
 
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  1. The Letter

April 20, 2016 

Hey!  

So the first bit of our shows has started, we've played 4 shows so far I think.  We also shot a video (still being edited) and today our new records came in (only a few days after Record Store Day!) and we got a new review in the Desert Star Weekly!

Read the review here or below:
 

Artist: Riddle & The Stars 
Title: New Coastline 
You might like if you enjoy: The Fallen Stars, The Jayhawks, Dawes 

Tell me more: An exceptional follow-up ot their 2014 debut collaboration "This Is Happening,"  
the new album from Riddle & The Stars titled "New Coastline" is truly a reason to celebrate the  
music-making union forged between Australian singer-songwriter Ben Riddle and Huntington Beach,  
California-based The Fallen Stars (husband-and-wife duo Bobbo and Tracy Byrnes). 
All three singers are featured via memorable performances, with their blended voices providing an  
additional winning element across the disc (particularly on the the beautiful Americana nugget "When  
We Ride").  Riddle brings a distintive singer-songwriter touch to the proceedings, notable on the  
reflective folk rocker "Running Back To You" and yearning "Tracks."  Bobbo Byrnes leads the collective 
through the rousing root's rocker "I May Never Know" and an affecting take on the John Prine gem  
"Mexican Home."  Tracy Byrnes sings the elegiac "Apples & Knives," and the authentic country-styled  
"Valentine's Day."   
Information: thefallenstars.com or riddleandthestars.com

~by Robert Kinsler

 

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