It’s been a busy decade for singer-songwriter Ryley Walker – is he the hardest working man in indie rock? Maybe. This year has been typically action-packed, even if he hasn’t released a new solo album. Read on for a roundup of recent Ryley action.
June 22, join Ryley Walker and Aquarium Drunkard to benefit the ACLU at Trans Pecos in Queens, New York, To prep, give this a spin. Recorded at Fivethirteen Recording in Arizona in the fall of 2016, this collection finds Walker, drummer Ryan Jewell, and bassist Anton Hatwich working through a set of new, experimental recordings. In many ways, they presage the direction Walker and co. would take on Deafman Glance and The Lillywhite Sessions—knotty, electric, and searching. We previously shared these recordings, along with a loopy, freewheeling interview, as part of our Transmissions podcast series, but we’re presenting them here now on their own. Enjoy, and get your tickets to see Walker and friends live in Queens right here.
Earlier this year, Chicago-based songwriter and bandleader Ryley Walker released his fourth full-length lp, the knotty and darkly funny Deafman Glance . But Walker’s on a tear. On November 16th, he releases his second record of […]
On last year’s Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, Chicago-based singer and guitarist Ryley Walker came into his own. It wasn’t his first great record, but it was his most realized, a work that added […]
Ryley Walker’s Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, his third record in as many years, finds the singer/songwriter/guitarist fully coming into his own. On two previous two long players, comparisons to artists like John Martyn, […]
There’s an enjoyably perplexing quality to Chicago trio Heath&Beauty’s new album, No Scare . Opening with “Back to the Place” – its title indicative of the sidewise humor which marks the songs of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Brian J. Sulpizio […]
We’ll save you the usual litany / free association of artists Ryley Walker deftly channels and allow you to just…listen. You’re welcome. Produced by fellow Chicagoan LeRoy Bach, Walker’s third lp Golden Sings That Have Been Sung […]
Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. The Lagniappe Sessions return in 2016 with Ryley Walker, whose sophomore lp, Primrose Green, […]
With John Renbourn passing into the great unknown this year to join his six-string brother in arms Bert Jansch, it’s a good time to be reminded of the wonderful sounds two acoustic guitarists in joyous communion can make. These two recent LPs are more […]
We were big fans of Ryley Walker’s debut LP on Tompkins Square last year, but his latest, Primrose Green , shows that the Chicago singer-songwriter was just getting started. A whole review could be devoted to […]