On December 6 and 7 Ryan Montbleau Band will play a pair of hometown shows at The Paradise
in Boston. These performances are no ordinary RMB shows as they will mark guitarist Lyle
Brewer and keyboardist Jason Cohen's last gigs as members of the band.
Cohen had announced his departure earlier this year by open letter:
Dear RMB friends and family,
After 10 years of relentless touring, it's with a heavy heart that I've decided to bring
my time with the Ryan Montbleau Band to an end. The music we made will always be a great
source of joy to me but the time has come for me to be home and focus my energy on my
I'm enormously grateful to all of you for the love and support you've given us over the
years; you guys are truly the greatest fans in the world.
I love all the guys in the band and wish them the very best as they move forward. I'm
positive this won't be the last time we share the stage. Thanks for the memories and see
you down the road.
With love and gratitude,
Montbleau, who had announced Brewer's coming departure a few months prior to Cohen's,
shared a note about the future of the project:
As we announced a few months ago, guitarist Lyle Brewer will also be leaving the band
at the end of this summer. As hard as it is to see Lyle and Jason go, (believe me, no one
understands the gravity of these two leaving our band more than I do), I fully support
both of these guys in their decisions. The fact that they are doing this for good reasons,
i.e. for the love of their families, makes me sure that this will somehow lead to good
things for the greater RMB family.
There will be no fall tour and I will be using that time and the beginning of next year to
recoup, regroup, write, practice, and put the finishing touches on our record. One big
final hometown throwdown with this lineup is being planned for December. As Jason said,
this probably won't be the last time the six of us will get on a stage together, but this
much is true: the Ryan Montbleau Band as you currently know it is playing our final
stretch of shows.
I have many more songs to write and many more shows to play, both without and most
certainly with a band. James, Matty and Yahuba and I already have a few ideas kicking
around for the fall. But mostly we will be using this time to put our feet back down on
the earth for the first time in a decade.
I don't quite know what's coming next but I know that somehow it will be great.
Thank you for listening. Much more is on the way...
Tickets for both shows went on sale today.