Ryder (Paxton) Bachman was born in BC but raised in Winnipeg ’til he was 11 and relocated back to Vancouver. Before he could walk he was enamoured with his parents record collection, which was stacked with Disco, Stax & Motown records as well as records of his Fathers and Uncles bands ~ BTO and The Guess Who!
As a youngster raised by musicians he was exposed to the best music by Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Freddie King, Leon Russell, George Benson, Steely Dan, The Beatles and many more.
Ryder has toured Canada as guitarist and musical director for Texas blues legend, Sonny Rhodes. He has toured across Canada with Sonny and opened for such Blues Icons as 10 Years After, Robert Cray and Jeff Healy.
He has performed on stage rawkin’ out with his famous Uncle Randy in arenas & clubs as well as with the Doobie Brothers, playing a whole encore with them in the USA. He has had guests appear on his stage, such as Marc Ford (Black Crowes, Ben Harper) and the Booker T Band.
A couple of years ago, Ryder took a break away from the Industry to get his head together and moved to Vancouver Island. He wanted to play music on his own terms and prove himself without being attached to his famous last name. During that revitalization, he regrouped, started writing again and put together a band, all the while calling himself Ryder Hawkins. The Ryder Hawkins Band have been touring the Island and fine tuning their act and are ready to take their show on the road, with a pocketful of great original songs and some classics, too. He is also ready now to proudly reclaim his family name after proving to himself he can make his music as he sees fit, under his own terms.
When people hear Ryder perform they cannot help but be engrossed in the feeling and passion he exudes. In years to come, those in Ryder’s audiences today will be able to say they saw the legend in the making and one day soon, his Uncle and Father will be asked, “hey, are you from the same family as RYDER? ” Funky, Blusey RnB, Rock n Roll!!
Thanks for a fabulous weekend. I’m still buzzing from the incredible energy I received. Y’all are doing it right, easy in the top 5 experiences musically and spiritually. I left with a sense of “everything is gonna be alright.”
— Charlie Wooton, The Royal Southern Brotherhood
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