The Rough Cuts
Laura Quam: violin
Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts formed in January, 2013, and have since been touring steadily through the North, Mid and South West states. The core of the band is made up of Ryan Chrys on guitar and vocals, Bradley Weaver on lap steel and vocals, Susan Phelan on bass and Michael Jochum on drums. In their home state of Colorado they often perform with Laura Quam on violin. Ryan and Bradley knew each other for years through performing in the Denver scene. Their dedication, talent and mutual taste in music lead them to join together and with the addition of Michael on the drums and Susan on bass they found the unique, edgy, country sound that defines them now.
Ryan’s mother was a folk and country singer who performed at the Troubador in Hollywood where artists like Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, and the Eagles all got their start. Eventually her love for horses and mountains lead her to move to Montana to work on a cattle ranch. It was on that Montana cattle ranch where Ryan was born and raised and learned to strum along on the guitar with his mother.
Since 2004, Ryan has been performing, touring and recording as a lead guitarist, doing so lead him across the country performing at venues like Milwaukee’s Summerfest to Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Fillmore Auditorium, to the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles and the Belly Up near San Diego. Along the way he shared the stage with a diverse range of notable acts including Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, George Clinton and Parliment Funkadelic, and The Fray.
Bradley Weaver is an accomplished singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. For years he performed in Colorado bands, often playing different instruments. He has recorded and released his own music including a children’s album and now gives music lessons in his spare time.
Susan Phelan is a master musician and has played with countless acts. She sings, plays the stand up and electric bass and is highly respected in the Colorado scene.
Michael Jochum is an accomplished drummer from Los Angeles, California, he has so many credits and accolades its tough to mention them all! He has toured with bands from Jackson Browne to Korn. Check out Michael’s full bio in the link below.