From The Independent – March 18, 2021
By Rob Duguay / Special to The Independent
For the past few weeks, The Knickerbocker Music Center on 35 Railroad Avenue in Westerly has been a hub for virtual shows. Every Friday at 8 p.m., performances from their legendary stage have been posted on YouTube, featuring the likes of Hamilton Leithauser from the New York City indie rock act The Walkmen, MorganEve Swain from Brown Bird & The Huntress and Holder Of Hands, Ian O’Neil and Chris Ryan from Deer Tick, and Tyler-James Kelly and Jess Powers as the duo Cowboy and Lady, among others. This series is called “Knick Live” in partnership with The United Theatre on 5 Canal Street, and its final installment is happening tonight. Singer-songwriter Ryan Montbleau from Peabody, Massachusetts, will bring his folky repertoire in solo fashion while enjoying one of his favorite venues.
Rob Duguay: What would you say is the biggest thing you’ve had to adapt to as a musician during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Ryan Montbleau: For me, it’s been staying home and being in one place for longer than I’ve been in one place for the past 20 years. It’s honestly been wonderful, and right away doing the live streams from home has been such a fun thing to do and such a blessing. I do them every Friday night, so there has been a little trial and error, but I’ve been doing them since last March. A lot of it has been about getting the sound right from a really simple setup, so there’s been some adjusting to that. I’m also just adjusting to life at home, which has also been fun.