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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Friday, June 01, 2012

Billboard: Americana Music Awards Nominations

John C. Reilly was feeling under the weather but his love of Americana music was too strong for him to stay down on Thursday morning.

The Oscar-nominated actor and Grammy winning Walk Hard comedian turned up to the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles, as promised, to reveal the list of nominees for this year's Americana Music Association Awards, despite battling a bit of illness in the days prior. "Now there's an Americana actor, right there!" declared Jim Lauderdale, who returned as host for the intimate ceremony and played guitar in the backing band for a short concert featuring Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne and Robert Ellis. Buddy Miller led Lauderdale, Don Was (bass), Don Heffington (drums) and Greg Leisz (pedal steel / guitar) behind them. CLICK HERE to read the rest of my report.

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