(Salt Lake City, UT – Nov. 16, 2021)
Following the successful summer release of their 25th Anniversary live album, Live Vol. 2, Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand announce the upcoming release of their new holiday EP, In Bethlehem. Produced by Shupe and mixed by two-time Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum album songwriter Silvio Richetto, In Bethlehem consists of four songs, two penned by Shupe. The EP is set to release on December 3rd, 2021 as an independent release.
Having released seven studio albums and two live albums and toured nationwide for each release, Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand have been going strong for the past 25 years. The critically acclaimed band has performed hundreds of live shows in packed concert halls across the US, as well as on Good Morning America, Country Music TV and the Great American Country TV network among numerous other TV and radio appearances.
Having written the band’s songs for 25 years (including their Billboard Top 20 single, “Dream Big”), Shupe wrote two original Christmas songs for the new EP: “The Night that Christ was Born” and “In Bethlehem,” an acapella song that the band recorded live at a concert in St. George, UT.
Goldmine Magazinesays “Shupe defies typecasting — while he leans towards Americana courtesy of the fact his plays fiddle and mandolin, he also boasts an over-arched anthemic style that’s not dissimilar to the blue-collar heroics of Springsteen, Fogerty or Mellencamp.”
Americana Highways lauds Shupe’s music as “songs that display imagination, energy & sophistication” performed with “impeccable playing.”
This holiday season, Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand deliver four new tracks for your playlist, on their new holiday EP, In Bethlehem, out on Dec. 3rd. Also check out their upcoming music videos for two of the tracks on the EP.
In Bethlehem – Track Listing
Angels We Have Heard on High
The Night That Christ Was Born
We Three Kings
In Bethlehem (Live)
More About Ryan Shupe
Photo Credit: Bry Cox
Born and raised in Utah, Ryan Shupe is a 5th generation fiddler, an accomplished electric guitar, acoustic guitar and mandolin player, and has been performing throughout the country since he was 10 years old. After forming in 1997, Shupe and his band, the RubberBand, have toured the US extensively and has had numerous local and national TV and radio appearances, including on Good Morning America, E! TV, Voice of America, Good Day Utah, Mountain Stage, Woodsongs, GAC and CMT. With Shupe as band leader, songwriter and lead vocalist, the group has had a successful career spanning eight albums, including Dream Big (on Capitol Records), which peaked at #13 on the U.S. Billboard Country Albums Chart. Their “Dream Big” single hit the top of the US Country Singles and Bubbling charts and was featured in ads for the NBC reality show, Three Wishes. Today, Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand are still going strong, bringing their high energy and stellar musicianship to their fans nationwide.