Chris Ryan

About Chris Ryan

Chris "Critter" Ryan

Drums / Percussions


Louisiana transplant, Chris “Critter” Ryan has been a subtle but powerful force in the music industry for more than 30 years.  An accomplished drummer and percussionist with credit on over 200 albums, Chris earned national recognition recording with Martin Sexton and performing with Percy Sledge, Patricia Vonne, and Irma Thomas.  He has performed and recorded with some of New England’s best known artists - Mary’s First, Heather Maloney, Stu Getz, and Celia - and continues to be the drummer/percussionist for the Frank Manzi Band, together now for more than 20 years. 

A sought-after session musician and producer, Chris is part of a trio (with Joe Boyle/Guitar and John O’Boyle/Bass) often requested by Spirithouse Music in Northampton, MA for various album projects.  As if his passion for playing drums weren’t a large enough contribution to the industry, Chris’ expertise in technology has made him a sought-after consultant in sound design, product design and software development.  He has worked for ddrum, Kat, Alternate Mode, and Muse Research on numerous projects.   Currently, he is the Product Specialist and Co-Inventor of Zildjian’s Gen 16 AE Cymbal System.