Side Saddle began as a solo folk project by singer/songwriter Ian McGuinness back in 2013. Early the next year, McGuinness released "The Postcard - EP" which received accolades from the likes of Baeble, American Songwriter and The Wild Honey Pie. The EP was engineered and produced by longtime friend TJ Dumser. Later that year Side Saddle released their debut LP, "The Astorian." It was during this recording process that McGuinness' project evolved into the 6-piece indie-rock band it is today. 

Summer '15, the band released a second EP entitled "Young Professional", which tells the story of love lost and love found in the concrete jungle of New York City. That record marked a turning point in the bands sonic direction as the arrangements had become more elaborate; incorporating string quartets, a pedal steel guitar and two drummers. The record was well received and landed the band a spot on Absolute Punk's "Best of Bandcamp" series. The band continued playing countless shows in and around NYC including Knitting Factory, Brooklyn Bowl, and an impressive CMJ Deli Showcase at Rockwood Music Hall 2. 

Shortly thereafter, the band went back into the studio to work on their second full length record, "Stunner" out 10/28. They raised $6k on Kickstarter to fund the mixing, mastering and for their first time - the production of vinyl. "Stunner" was mixed by Tony Doogan (Wintersleep, Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai) and marked yet another turning point as the band's sound grew heavier and darker. McGuinness attributes the change in sound to his heavy rotation of Ryan Adams self titled record as well as The War on Drugs. Their record release show is 11/11 at Sunnyvale in Brooklyn. 

Side saddle

Ian McGuinness

TJ Dumser

Ryan Sniffen

Eric Tait

Brendan Coughlin

Rich Bozek


Side Saddle records in Astoria, NY and West Chester, PA at The Buddy Project and The Farm respectively.


Cedar Lodge Records