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Ryan Shupe hospitalized with appendicitis

Tuesday, June 3, 2008 – Ryan Shupe, lead man of Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand was admitted to the hospital last Friday, due to acute appendicitis. "He underwent surgery to remove his appendix and is doing fine," according to his publicist.

The band's debut album for Montage Music Group, "Last Man Standing," was released on May 27th and their first in-store appearance, in support of the album, was scheduled to happen the same day Shupe was admitted to the hospital.

Fellow band members attended the in-store at Deseret Book in Layton, Utah, and instead of a full band performance, treated fans to some Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand karaoke. Fans were able to meet The RubberBand and try their hand at the band's songs - both old and new. One loyal follower managed to perform a song from the just-released album without missing a word and without looking at the screen.

CD reviews for Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand

Last Man Standing CD review - Last Man Standing
The beauty of a rubber band is that it is simultaneously flexible, strong, and still holds everything together. While their last album was a straightforward hybrid of bluegrass and country, this finds Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband broadening their tight musical skills, resulting in a complex album that keeps your attention. The leadoff "Don't Leave Me Lonely," sets a bright tone with its punchy guitar and fiddle backing, while "Be the One," is a sunny, banjo-laden ditty »»»
Dream Big CD review - Dream Big
Acoustic-based country seemed to be a lost art on the radio until Ryan Shupe and his RubberBand came along with the soft-spoken "Dream Big" - a folksy "I Hope You Dance" world of peeled back guitar-and-mandolin-layered positive affirmation.On first blush, "Dream Big" is a pleasant relief sandwiched between Brooks & Dunn and Gretchen Wilson. Yet, there's more where that came from. Shupe, a Utah native whose songs lean more toward a glass half full of milk than a half-empty glass of whiskey, has a »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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