RIDDLE & THE STARS

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Our new cd "New Coastline"

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

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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 from Southern California.

We met on tour last summer in Germany, where we shared a flat and about half our tour dates and we really hit it off, both musically and personally. At the end of the tour Heiko from Songs & Whispers said "We really like The Fallen Stars and we really like Ben Riddle but we REALLY love what you do together.  We think you should do an album and we'll put it out and then come back and tour again."  After the meeting we were driving away and we all looked at each other and Ben said "So, This is Happening!"  And an album name was born.

In the fall Ben flew from Australia to California to start recording the album. Ben had some songs, we had some songs, we wrote some new songs together...  All told, we tracked about seventeen songs in fifteen days.

Somewhere between Ben discovering the tenor guitar, Bobbo exploring the pedal steel, and Tracy layering in harmonies - we found our sound.  Call it Indie/Americana/Alt.Folk if you want.  A friend heard what we were doing and said "You all sound like Fleetwood Mac meets The Waterboys!"  

Many friends helped us along the way. Each and every one contributed something special, whether woven through the texture of the entire album, like Matt Froehlich on his cajon kit or Geo Hennessy on violin, or by adding the perfect accent on one or two songs, like Matt Tonge's mandolin, Danny Ott's dobro, Peter Linnane's accordion or Sue Paine's backing vocals. 

This album came together in such a natural and spontaneous way - and to know that Songs & Whispers were behind whatever we did ~ that made it easy to be creative.  We wanted to capture what was happening with us, musically, personally, and make a great album that makes for great listening all way through.  

We're really proud of it and hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed making it.  

This Is Happening.   

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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

 

April 14, 2016 

Hey everybody! 

This Saturday - big day!  We will be officially releasing "New Coastline" our new cd we did with our friend Ben Riddle from Australia.*  

We have a fun cd release show planned for Saturday night, April 16th at our local residency The Beach Hut Deli.  But before that we will be rocking Record Store Day in Orange, CA at Old Towne Vinyl.  Did I mention we have a limited edition picture disc coming out that day too?  No?  I'll get to that. 

Saturday, April 16 
Record Store Day 
Old Towne Vinyl 
447 N. Tustin St.Orange, CA 
Show starts at 11 am!   Linup in order:  Phil Cody, Courtney Chambers, Echo Sparks, The Potential Lunatics, Riddle & The Stars. (and possible special guest here) 

Saturday, April 16 
Riddle & The Stars CD Release Show 
The Beach Hut Deli 
19025 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 
8-10 pm.  There will be cake. 

Now, we're making some new Riddle & The Stars t-shirts and if you would like to buy one this weekend - right now we're taking custom orders:  tell us what size and what color you want and we'll make it up and have it ready for you Saturday night.  Shirts will be $15. 

What's this about a record?  That's right - we did a limited edition picture disc (vinyl record) for two songs off of New Coastline.  It's pretty awesome and don't worry - when you buy the picture disc, you get the download code for the cd with it as well.  We got all your new and old formats covered!** 

What about Sunday?  Well, you can rest but we're shooting a music video for the song "Long Way Down".  It should be pretty cool.  I just have to get my disco ball working again... 

That's it for now.  Really hope to see you this weekend! 

xo 

Bobbo, Tracy, Ben, Brandon (and sometimes Matt) 
Riddle & The Stars 

*Yeah, we kind of released it last year but that was just for our European tour and we sold out of those cds so we added two more songs and remastered it and now it's available everywhere! 
**Hipsters Unite!

March 24, 2016 

Hey folks - just dropping a line to let you know that we'll be doing a bunch of shows to promote the new Riddle & The Stars album in the U.S. in April/May. We have shows booked but we're looking for some more. If you would like to book us for a house concert or know of a place that would be good for us - please send me a message! 

April 16th - Record Store Day, Old Towne Vinyl, Orange CA 
April 17th - Video Shoot, SoCal 
April 21st - Beatnik Bandito Music Emporium, Santa Ana, CA 
April 29th - UnchARTed, Lowell, MA 
April 30th - Pasta Loft, Milford, NH 
May 5th - Outlaws of Folk, Newport Beach, CA 
May 6th - Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV 
May 8th - Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA 
May 10th - JC Hyke Songwriter Serenade, Arcadia, CA

March 22, 2016 

Gearing up for some shows pretty soon.  

In the meantime, read what Metronome Magazine said about our new album:
 

From Metronome Magazine-Boston: 

Riddle & The Stars is a collaboration between Australian singer-songwriter Ben Riddle and husband and wife team, Bobbo & Tracy Byrnes of The Fallen Stars. Formerly from Massachusetts, Bobbo and Tracy have been living and making music in their home of California for the last ten or so years along with drummer Brandon Allen. In 2013, The Byrnes’ met Ben Riddle while on tour in Germany. Finding common ground the trio decided to collaborate on some original music and soon eleased their debut album, This Is Happening. With Ben discovering the tenor guitar, Bobbo exploring the pedal steel, and Tracy layering in vocal harmonies and bass, the trio found their sound. Now the collective returns with an engaging new sophomore release called New Coastline, that finds all three principals taking on lead vocal hores. 
Melding country, Americana, folk and everything in between, Riddle & The Stars have created a beautifully crafted album. Best tracks: the reflective “Running Back To You,” the memorable “I May Never Know,” the fingerpicking mastery of the album’s magnificent title track, “New Coastline,” resplendent with jangling guitars and superb vocal harmonies, and the sweet sentiment of “When We Ride” highlighted by Tracy’s lead vocals. An album worthy of note. Good stuff! [B.M.O.]

March 7, 2016 

Hey!  Sorry for no communication for a while.  We've been working out details for our spring tour here in the states and fall tour in Europe.

New Coastline has been updated - we added 2 new songs to the album and we have it back from mastering now.  If you bought New Coastline before - we will send you the two new songs for free (obviously).  

We're now booking - if you want to book us - email me here.  Thanks!!  See you soon.

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