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Who am I . . .

What is Thirtysilver?

Thirtysilver is me.  That's all.  Me and my music.
Thirtysilver has existed, in some form or another, for more than a decade.  As long as I can remember, I've wanted to play music professionally. 
In the early days, I called myself Electric Monk (that's a Douglas Adams referrence, for all you non-hitchhikers).  Then, after dropping out of 11th grade and getting my GED, I joined a wannabe hardcore band; we called ourselves Machine.  My music is more folk than out-and-out rock, yet it was my sole duty to write songs for Machine.  And with constant pressure to write songs that were "harder" and "sounded more like Korn," I got frustrated and lost interest.  Machine played one show -a battle of the bands down on the Ohio river.  We got fourth place out of eleven bands.  After that, Machine was no more.
Most recently, I was in a band called Born Yesterday.  We played in Louisville for about a year and 1/2.  It was good times, but I eventually left the band to pursue Thirtysilver full time.  It hasn't been very profitable, but it has certainly been rewarding. 
Thirtysilver's style is, for all intents and purposes, black folk.  That is, the lyrical subject matter tends toward the Cradle of Filth or Marilyn Manson end of the musical spectrum, while the acutal music is more in the vein of Simon and Garfunkle, Bread, or other bands of that 70's art-rock ilk. 

The Brains of the Operation

My name is Ryan Dawson.  I'm 24 years old and I live with my girlfriend in Jeffersonville, IN.  Eighteen years ago, I took piano lessons for a brief period.  Since then, I have been enamored with music and sound.  I play bass, guitar, and piano -all by ear. 
I come from a family of "intellectual jocks" -for lack of a better term.  My dad was deep into high school sports, as were all his brothers and sisters.  My brother, Ben, played football and wrestled in elementary school and Jr. High.  At first glance, being averse to any and all forms of athletic competition, I would appear to be the black sheep in my family.  But, beneath the athletic exterior, Dawsons are warrior poets.  My father taught himself -and, later, me- to play guitar.  My brother plays bass, and has toured with a string quartet.  So the genes are there; I seem, though, to be the final manifestation of a long line of recessive artists.  I am the Dawson Kwisatz Haderach, so to speak. 
Besides music, my other interests include armchair psychology and creative writing.  I've written several short stories, have a number of works of fiction published on the web, and have recently completed a novel.  I collect action figures, and I play a lot of Playstation 2. 
Essentially, I am a dork.