Ryley Walker is the reincarnation of the true American guitar player. That’s as much a testament to his roving, rambling ways, or the fact that his Guild D-35 guitar has endured a few stints in the pawnshop.
Swap out rural juke joints for rotted DIY spaces and the archetype is solidly intact. His personal life might be tumultuous and his residential status in question, but his bedrock is disciplined daily rehearsal and an inexhaustible wellspring of songcraft.
The first recorded aspect of his complex musical persona was with the cassette-only EP The Evidence of Things Unseen, issued in limited edition from Plustapes in 2011. Its artwork was deliberately reminiscent of John Fahey’s Death Chants Breakdowns & Military Favorites, inspired by the American Primitive lexicon of Takoma Records.
Later that year he released – again via cassette on Plustapes – a four-song collaboration with fellow fingerstyle guitarist Daniel Bachman, entitled Of Deathly Premonitions.
Walker’s first widely circulated recording was a vinyl-only three-song 12″ entitled West Wind from Tompkins Square Records in 2013. His debut album, All Kinds of You, was issued from the label in April of 2014, and the follow-up Primrose Green has just been released by Dead Oceans.
Support comes from The Weather Station. It is the project of Canadian songwriter Tamara Lindeman; folk music based in classic elements of songcraft – melody, tension, meaning. On the acclaimed All Of It Was Mine, and follow-up What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know, (both for You’ve Changed Records) Lindeman established herself as a songwriter’s songwriter, earning accolades for her delicate, carefully worded verse, filled with double meanings, complex metaphors, and rich details of the everyday.
Ryley Walker + The Weather Station
Thursday, 10 September 2015 | 20:00 CET
Privatclub | Skalitzer Str. 85-86 | 10997 Berlin/Kreuzberg