Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand

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Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand
Origin Utah, USA
Genres Country
Years active 1996–present
Labels Capitol Nashville, Montage Music Group
Members Roger Archibald
Ryan Tilby
Craig Miner
Nate Smeding
Ryan Shupe
Past members Bart Olson
Colin Botts
Wally Barnum
Rory Carrera
Jeremy Nielsen

Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand is an American bluegrass group founded in the mid-1990s in Ogden, UT. The band's lineup comprises Ryan Shupe (fiddle, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, lead vocals), Roger Archibald (guitar, vocals), Ryan Tilby (bass guitar, string bass, banjo, vocals), Craig Miner (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, vocals), and Nate Smeding (drums).[1] After recording four studio albums on their own independent record label, Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand were signed to Capitol Records in 2005.[1][2] Their first album for Capitol, 2005's Dream Big, produced a Top 40 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in its title track. The second single from the album, however, failed to chart, and the band was dropped from Capitol. In 2008, the band signed to Montage Music Group.

Formation and ideology[edit]

Ryan Shupe started playing the fiddle at age 5.[3] He played in various musical groups growing up starting with a group of talented 10 yr olds called the "PeeWee Pickers" who toured nationally.[4] His experiences in bands forming and then breaking up led him to the concept of a "rubber band". It would be elastic in members being able to rotate in and out without a name change or breaking a groove.[3] Since their formation they have become one of the most successful musical acts from the state of Utah among other acts such as SHeDAISY, Peter Breinholt, and Neon Trees. The band also made an appearance on the popular U.S. Television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on October 18, 2006 for a family in Logan, Utah.[5]


Though the band has played in traditionally country venues and festivals all over the United States (such as the Telluride Music Festival and Nashville, TN)[6][7] their music draws from various influences such as bluegrass and rock as well. They have been described as "a mix between Dave Matthews Band and Dixie Chicks without the political agenda."[7]



Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
If I Were a Bird
  • Release date: 1996
  • Label: Tydal Wave
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: Tydal Wave
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: Tydal Wave
The Gift
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: Tydal Wave
Hey Hey Hey
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: Tydal Wave
Dream Big
(re-issue of Hey Hey Hey)
13 87
Last Man Standing
Brand New Shoes
  • Release date: May 2010
  • Label: Tydal Wave
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US Bubbling
2005 "Dream Big" 27 13 Dream Big
2006 "Banjo Boy"
2008 "Be the One" Last Man Standing
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2005 "Dream Big" Peter Zavadil
2006 "Banjo Boy"
2008 "Be the One" Acosta/Webley


  1. ^ a b "Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand: Biography". CMT.com. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand Release Dream Big". CMT.com. 2005-09-06. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand : Biography". CMT.com. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  4. ^ Blue Sky Music Camps | Faculty[dead link]
  5. ^ "Official Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband Lyrics, Tickets and More! Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband Dream Big Lyrics, Tickets and Official Website". Shupe.net. 1969-12-31. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  6. ^ "Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband". Nashville.about.com. 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  7. ^ a b "The unique sounds of Ryan Shupe". Deseret News. 2006-11-24. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 

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