What I think is most special about the community surround music, in particular roots and folk and all that those monikers entail, is the strength and the family vibe about it all. When one of our own needs help, we rise up to do so and right now one of our own needs our help.
Ryan Koenig is an entertainer in the truest sense of the word and a hell of a nice guy to boot. We had the honor of talking to him a few months back about his new record, he has been relentlessly touring with Pokey LaFarge and his band and when home in St. Louis is an integral part of that city’s vibrant arts community. Be you from Somerville, MA or San Antonio, TX if you have seen Koenig perform a smile likely crept across your face. He just has that infectious happiness about him.
A YouCaring page has been set up to help Ryan as he recovers from a pedestrian/vehicle accident that he was just involved in. As they say, anything helps and in a time of need for an artist that gives so much to others, even a little help surely does go a long way. Consider helping Ryan and his family out.
Official Press Release from Big Muddy Records:
On Tuesday, December 5, beloved St. Louis musician Ryan Koenig was seriously injured in an accident in Charleston, South Carolina. He was struck by a vehicle on the sidewalk and has been hospitalized. He is stable and recovering. Ryan and his family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation for the outpour of love and support. They also ask that the privacy of Ryan and his family be respected throughout this difficult time.
At the time of the accident, Koenig was on tour with Pokey LaFarge. Pokey said the following in a statement released on Facebook:
“[Koenig] will not be able to continue with us on this tour. Come out; dance and sing and help us play these shows without – but in honor of Ryan.”
Pokey and his band have stated that they will also be initiating their own fundraising efforts at upcoming concerts.
Koenig is a strong contributor to the St. Louis music scene and, in addition to being a full-time member of Pokey LaFarge’s band, he is known for his contributions to Rum Drum Ramblers, Southwest Watson Sweethearts, Jack Grelle, the Hooten Hallers, and more. He recently released his first full-length solo LP on Big Muddy Records.
Big Muddy Records would again like to extend the Koenig family’s appreciation to Ryan’s community and fans for their love and support.