The Nightowls are an American musical group from Austin, Texas, whose debut album Good As Gold was named Top 10 of the 2014 Austin Music Awards Albums of the Year. Their sound combines R&B and soul music. Lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Harkrider formed The Nightowls in 2011. His song "Nobody Ever Wants to Leave" was commissioned in 2009 by The Austin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau as Austin’s official theme song.
The Nightowls released their debut album, Good as Gold, in December 2013. On January 7, 2014 The Nightowls released "Good As Gold" as a single. In a review of Good As Gold, Cashbox described The Nightowls as a soul band rooted in the Motown sound but able to move in new directions. Indie Music said The Nightowls sound like a band straight out of the glorious R&B past, paying homage to all artist of that era while adding a modern spin. The Nightowls recorded an arrangement of Harkrider's song "Nobody Ever Wants to Leave" for Good as Gold B-Sides, a 4-song EP, released in September 2014.
In October 2014, The Nightowls were scheduled to perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on the second weekend, but were canceled due to rainy weather. In March 2015, The Nightowls performed at the SXSW Music Festival as a showcase artist.
In 2015, the band was highlighted as "A Band To Watch" by Austin Monthly Magazine. Good as Gold was released on vinyl in May 2015.
Fame Sessions, their second album, was released September 4, 2015 on Super Sonic Sounds (a subsidiary of Nine Mile Records). It was recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in collaboration with David Hood and Spooner Oldham from the original FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios house band The Swampers.
On July 20, 2015, The Nightowls released "Get Up!" – the first single from Fame Sessions. The video for "Get Up!" premiered in Texas Monthly Magazine on July 17, 2015. and has been uploaded to YouTube. On August 3, 2015 The Nightowls released “Highline” – the second single from Fame Sessions. On August 27, 2015 they released "Nobody But You" as a third single. In a positive review of Fame Sessions on September 4, 2015, Elmore Magazine described their music as being based on the Aretha Franklin, Wilson Picket type of sound with a more youthful, modern spin. In a review of Fame Sessions, Proper Music Distribution described their sound as being firmly rooted in the history of southern soul music and pays tribute to FAME Studios greats like Duane Allman and Percy Sledge.
In September through December 2015 The Nightowls toured for the first time throughout the United States. In October 2015, The Nightowls performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, having been rained out in 2014. In March 2016, The Nightowls performed at the SXSW Music Festival, where they were selected for the second consecutive year as a Showcase Artist.
In December 2015, The Nightowls recorded Royal Sessions, a five track EP at the iconic Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. In April 2016, The Nightowls went to Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee and taped a segment for Season 8 of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Television network program – Sun Studio Sessions. Season 8 began airing across the United States in January 2017. On April 18, 2016 The Nightowls released "Clean It Up (Play It By The Rules)" as a single from the EP on Baeble Music. Describing it as a “certifiable party jam that moves your body as much as it moves the part of your brain conditioned to love old school soul.” On May 25, 2016 The Nightowls released “Right Around The Corner” as a second single from Royal Sessions in Paste Magazine. In their review of the single, Vents Magazine says the band transcends the “retro” tag that described their early releases in favor of a more unique and cohesive sound that is infectious in its effervescent energy. The 3rd single, “Can’t Bring Me Down” premiered in Glide Magazine on June 21, 2016. The article describes The Nightowls as being able to effortlessly meld Memphis and Motown with modern pop music, making for something that even fans of more mainstream fare like Fitz and the Tantrums will enjoy. Royal Sessions was released on July 15, 2016. In its review of Royal Sessions, Innocent Words Magazine says “It’s as if they found grandma’s secret recipe… you mix a little bit of funk with a little soul and a whole lotta rhythm and blues, and you get this delicious treat.” The video for "Right Around The Corner" premiered in The Huffington Post on August 5, 2016 and has been uploaded to YouTube. The Nightowls toured the West Coast of the United States in August 2016 in support of Royal Sessions. In October 2016 they toured throughout the East Coast of the United States. Ryan Harkrider - Vocals
Ellie Carroll - Vocals
Sara Stein - Vocals
Kamilla Lamar - Vocals
Ben Petree - Drums
Rob Alton - Bass
Rydog Johnson - Guitar
Vince Wiley - Keys
Luke Scallan - Trumpet
Zol Waterhouse - Trombone
Andrew McLemore - Saxophone
Good As Gold (2013)
Good As Gold (vinyl) (2015)
Fame Sessions (2015)
Good As Gold B-Sides (2014)
Royal Sessions (2016)
"Good As Gold" - (January 7, 2014)
"Get Up!" – (July 20, 2015)
"Highline" – (August 3, 2015)
"Nobody But You" – (August 27, 2015)
"Clean It Up (Play It By The Rules)" – (April 18, 2016) )
"Right Around The Corner" - (May 25, 2016)
"Can't Bring Me Down" - (June 21, 2016)