Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts go wild at the Lagoon Concert Series on June 29

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Q. What’s the coolest place you’ve had the chance to play and what was the experience like?

I like outdoor places. We were lucky enough to play at the Kettlehouse Amphitheater in Missoula, Montana last year and it was surreal…the setting along the Blackfoot River is so beautiful and the venue is immaculate. I was born in Missoula, so it was a wonderful feeling for me, and always a wonderful feeling to play with my bandmates anywhere. It’s playing in this band that makes my experiences in big venues memorable.

Q. What excites you the most when you have the opportunity to perform in front of the CSU community at the Lagoon?

The Lagoon Concert Series is something I’ve always wanted to do. I love CSU and I love the positive energy this show has embodied for so long. I am honored to be a part of it and very excited to be part of a fun evening of music and community that brings joy and escape to all who attend. I also look forward to playing guitar and having fun with everyone!

Q. How did it feel to win 2021 Female Vocalist of the Year and 2019 Group of the Year at the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame?

I was absolutely thrilled for both! Lauren is such a great singer, so it’s great to see her recognized. The price of the group is everything. The four of us work so hard and enjoy each other, and we all share our love for music. It’s a blast and so wonderful that it passes enough to be recognized.

Q. What is your favorite song that you have released and why? What is the background of this song?

Difficult question, because we have a lot of songs! I don’t know what my favorite is, but one of my favorite lyrics so far is the song “Gotta Play”, which is on our brand new album, “Tears and Blades”. The essence of the song is: “If you want to win, you have to play the game.” In the song, there is a lyric, “Make risk a tool of your trade.” I love this line:

“Put your money on the table

deposit your money, play the game

don’t get lost in the mess…

make risk a tool of your trade.

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