The son of 80's rocker Greg Kihn, Ry grew up backstage at his dad's shows. By the age of 12 he was already tinkering with guitar and keyboards. After hearing Van Halen's first album, and jamming on "The Last Time" by the Rolling Stones at a summer camp band performance, the music bug had bitten and the career path was set. Within a few years Ry was gigging around town with various original hard rock bands in the SF Bay area club scene.
After studying privately with Joe Satriani while still in high school, Ry went on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston where his focus shifted to jazz and fusion, after hearing players like John Scofield, Pat Metheney, and George Benson. Eventually Ry moved back to California where he graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Jazz Guitar Studies. While at CalArts, Ry had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of world class teachers including Charlie Haden, Larry Koonse, and Miroslav Tadic, and David Roitstein.
Ry has performed with major rock artists such as Eddie Money, Joe Satriani, Billy Idol, Greg Kihn Band, Mike Reno (Loverboy), Jimi Jameson (Survivor), Bobby Kimball (Toto). He also was the house guitarist on his dad’s KFOX morning radio show for over 10 years, where he jammed with celebrity musical guests on a regular basis. He has toured worldwide with various acts in Europe and Asia.
Ry is also a sought after studio musician, and has recorded at some the top studios working with world renown producers.