Ryley Walker

Ryley Walker (born July 21, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Rockford, Illinois.[1]

Ryley Walker
Ryley Walker performs at Heineken Jazzaldia in Spain on July 22, 2016
Ryley Walker performs at Heineken Jazzaldia in Spain on July 22, 2016
Background information
Born (1989-07-21) July 21, 1989 (age 31)
Rockford, Illinois
OriginChicago, Illinois
GenresIndie folk, psychedelic rock, blues, blues rock
Occupation(s)Songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
LabelsPlustapes; Whistler; Dead Oceans; Tompkins Square
Associated actsBill MacKay; Daniel Bachman; Charles Rumback
Websiteryleywalker.com

BiographyEdit

Walker began his career in Chicago's independent music scene after moving there in the early 2010s, releasing several cassette EPs and a vinyl EP.[2] In 2014 he released his debut album for the Tompkins Square label, and followed it early in 2015 with Primrose Green released on Dead Oceans.[3] Backing musicians Walker employed on Primrose Green include several noted Chicago jazz and experimental musicians such as Fred Lonberg-Holm.[4]

Also in 2015, Walker released an instrumental album, recorded in collaboration with fellow Chicago musician Bill MacKay, entitled Land of Plenty. It was recorded live during a January 2015 residency at The Whistler in Chicago. The songs on the album were taken from the last two shows of the residency, on January 25 and 30. MacKay's guitar was recorded on the left channel and Walker's guitar was recorded on the right channel. Their instruments converge in the center. MacKay played 6-string guitar, requinto and glass slide, while Walker played 6 & 12-string guitars. The album's sound was described as fingerstyle ballads, psychedelic waltzes, and raga-inspired blues.[5]

On August 19, 2016, Walker released his fourth album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, which was yet another change in his evolving sound.[6] His fifth is Deafman Glance, released in May 2018.

He has released two albums with Chicago-based jazz drummer Charles Rumback. The first, Cannots, was released by Dead Oceans in 2016. Little Common Twist was released by Thrill Jockey in November 2019.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

EPsEdit

  • The Evidence of Things Unseen (Plustapes, 2011)
  • Of Deathly Premonitions (with Daniel Bachman) (Plustapes, 2011)
  • West Wind (Tompkins Square, 2013)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jessica Hopper. "Ryley Walker looks, sounds beyond his years". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  2. ^ Thom Jurek. "Ryley Walker | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "Ryley Walker: Primrose Green | Album Reviews". Pitchfork.com. March 3, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "Review: Ryley Walker, 'Primrose Green'". Npr.org. March 2, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker "Land of Plenty"". whistlerchicago.com. August 1, 2015. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Ryley Walker Performs a Great Leap Forward". thelineofbestfit.com. August 8, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  7. ^ Thom Jurek. "Primrose Green – Ryley Walker | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  8. ^ "Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker "Land of Plenty"". whistlerchicago.com. August 1, 2015. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker – Cannots". discogs.com. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  10. ^ "CHARLES RUMBACK & RYLEY WALKER"". thrilljockey.com. Retrieved November 8, 2019.

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