Old Bear Records is excited to be able to reveal the new cover for the long anticipated release from Ryan Clair. It’ll be available on January 26th! We caught up with Ryan to gather the thoughts behind why he chose the cover that he did.
“Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.”
I first read this passage as a young kid. Since then my mind has always been consumed with imagery and ideas of what the “narrow gate” or a “less traveled road” looks like. When I began to think about what I wanted to name my debut album… “Less Traveled Road” was an obvious choice for me. The guys at Old Bear Records were in shared agreement with the idea and soon after the ideas began to come together.
It all started with the old vintage “kick-drum” you see in the picture. The 1940’s drum was owned by Jeremy Thompson of Brothers McClurg and was put to use on my record. Not only did it sound amazing, it had such character and so much history. I knew I had to have it! It became a part of my history that day. The idea behind the picture on the front cover is many. My mind immediately thinks of a dirt road when I think about a less traveled road. Sometimes its smooth and beautiful and other times are bumpy and dusty and vision can be blurred. I remember the many who have gone before me. I see the tracks in the dirt and the stories of the faithful few who have ventured before me. The aged and tattered look of the picture tells of that history.
The old kick drum left in the middle of the road is part of my history. It tells of a season in my life and lends itself as a reminder that we leave the precious materials in our life behind.
Lastly the text on the cover and throughout the album is my handwriting. It’s just another part of my story as I’m pressing on and history as it is written. My friend and the cover artwork creator, Sarah Bridgeman, did a fantastic job bringing to life a picture that captures my story exactly as I imagined.”