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

— http://www.folkworld.eu/

Listen & Buy Now

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.

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.

Tour Dates

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

Click to stream or download songs, read lyrics or buy the album!

Click to stream or download songs, read lyrics or buy the album!

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.


Return to form

Here's where you sign up for our mailing list!

The latest news from Riddle & The Stars!

Please prove that you are not a robot



Click for more photos!

Click for more photos!

Riddle & The Stars Songbook!

Riddle & The Stars Songbook!

In cart Not available Out of stock

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

For Booking and Contact:
Heiko Grein @ Songs & Whispers
+49 (0) 421 52627 - 0

Latest News

October 17, 2016 


That's German for good day, good morning or something.  Like all things - it's very similar but still quite different.    

We're still a couple weeks away from being back in the states but I wanted to stop in and say hello.    

I've been here touring since the end of August supporting my solo album "Motel Americana" and Tracy flew over the end of September and we met up with our buddy Ben Riddle (creating the pseudo Wonder Twin Power form of Riddle & The Stars) and we've been all over playing shows.    

I thought it would be nice to not be in the U.S. during the run up to this election but everyone here wants to talk about it.  I had an hour long radio show and interview in Chemnitz, Germany that was 25% about the Presidential election.  It puts you in an interesting place when you're in a foreign country and are asked to speak for and represent your fellow Americans.    

Oh, and remember that link I sent you about voting for our song "Hold Me" for Song of the Year?  Well, interestingly - I got an email on my facebook page from someone in Serbia guaranteeing me all the winning votes I would need for just $300.*  I was obviously disturbed by this and kept pressing them for more information about themselves and then gave the info to the folks at The Miews who run the contest. To their credit they are looking into it and have had some issues with folks and cheating/voting going on.  He said to me that they just wanted to do something good to support Indie music and they've had to deal with all kinds of crap.  So the voting aspect of it may go away entirely.    

If you're reading this and are in Europe - we still have a bunch of shows left including Immanuel Church this week and Club Moments on Sunday.    

And if you're in the US of A - here's a quick breakdown of what's going on in the next month(s).  

Wednesday, Nov 2  
The Pasta Loft   
Milford, NH  
w/ Morgan Keating  

Wednesday, Nov 16  
Barley House  
Dallas, TX  
w/ Professor Fuzz (Mike Farmer)  and Ronnie Fauss!  

Saturday, Nov 19  
College Radio Days  
Long Beach, CA. (More info soon)  

Monday, Nov 21  
Americana Mondays at @beatnik Bandito Music Emporium  
Santa Ana, CA  
w/ Patty Booker and Deja Nichole  

Saturday, Dec 3  
Gram Parsons Birthday Celebration (GramFest)  
Don the Beachcombers  
Huntington Beach, CA  

Sunday, Dec 4  
Courtney Chambers Live Album recording  
(Tracy and I will be opening up for CC and this will be at our studio)  
Costa Mesa, CA  

And then I think we're off until January when I will be scheduling a cd release show locally for "Motel Americana" and it will be released worldwide on Songs & Whispers Records in January of 2017.    

I think that's all that's going on.  I am keeping a really fun tour diary on my personal FB page at www.facebook.com/BobboByrnes if you feel like following along.    

Ok, it's almost 3 am here in Bremen, Germany.  Time for bed.    

Bis Spater.  

~Bobbo, Tracy and Ben.  

*The person who guaranteed votes even went ahead and got me 50 votes as a show of good faith that she could easily do this.  I of course told the folks at Miews to not count the last 50 votes I got.  

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!


Dig Yo!

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.


June 5, 2016  Podcast


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:
  1. The Letter

Previous events

Bramsche @ Sommer open air festival

Bramsche (Germany)

Firefly Screening - Centraltheater

Brake, Germany


Surf City Marathon

Surf City Marathon, Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA

Age limit:


Versai The Wine Bar

Versai The Wine Bar, 18248 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda, CA

Age limit:

Leaves on the Wind CD Release party

Comic Book Hideout, 215 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA

We'll be performing songs off the EP as well as a few other familiar Firefly songs (including that one about your favorite Mudder folk hero!) and giving away some free stuff. And possibly cookies. And it's all absolutely free!!

Also, our friend Glynnes owns the store and both she and it are amazing, so you if you like comic books, pinball, superheroes, local art, board games, or just fun quirky stuff, you should come discover this gem of a shop!

Free! Age limit: All ages


Avocado Festival

Avocado Festival, 800 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria, CA

Age limit:


Outlaws of Folk

Alta Coffee, 506 31st Street, Newport Beach, CA

Age limit:


Can't Stop The Serenity

Starplex Woodbridge Movies 5, 4626 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA

Age limit:


Big Horn Music Festival

Big Horn Music Festival, 8401 Mt Baldy Rd, Mt Baldy, CA

Age limit:


601 Bar & Grill

601 Bar & Grill, 601 S. Raymond St, Fullerton, CA

FREE Age limit:


Versai Wine Bar

Versai The Wine Bar, 18248 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda, CA

Age limit:



DiPiazza's, 5205 E Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA

$5 Age limit:


OC Mini Maker Faire

UC Irvine, 712 Arts Plaza, Irvine, CA

10.00 Age limit:


The Orange County Fair

The Orange County Fair, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA

Age limit: