Ryley Walker is pleased to announce his new album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, coming out August 19th on Dead Oceans. It’s the triumphant follow up to his breakout album, Primrose Green, which earned critical hosannas from the likes of NPR, Village Voice, Uncut, and Mojo and admiration of musicians who had chalked up no shortage of turntable miles in Walker’s life. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley embarked on a British tour.
In November 2015, at the end of a ten-month period which saw Ryley play over 200 shows in support of Primrose Green, Ryley decided that he should probably head home. However you wished to measure it, he was surely due some sort of holiday. Although, a holiday was the last thing on Ryley’s mind – and certainly not a holiday in his adopted hometown. After a year spent on the road, all that Ryley could associate with Chicago was the emotional debris he had left behind.
He went into the studio over the Christmas vacation to record Golden Sings That Have Been Sung whose songs were directly wedded to Ryley’s return to Chicago. Some of his formative musical memories had been shaped by the work of pioneering Chicago acts such as Gastr del Sol and Tortoise. “Jeff Parker was the guitarist with Tortoise, and I used to listen to him a lot,” recalls Ryley, who figured that, for the first time in his career, it might be helpful to enlist the services of a producer. With only one person on his shortlist, once again, all roads led back to Chicago.
Ryley had been a long-time admirer of sometime Wilco multi-instrumentalist LeRoy Bach. Back in 2009, still in his teens, he had frequented the improv nights hosted by Bach at a restaurant/gallery space called Whistler. “For me, it was an incredible opportunity,” recalls Ryley, “…because you would sometimes also have Dan Bitney, the drummer with Tortoise, and I’d get to play with these people. I mean, they were twice my age. I’m sure they thought I was annoying at first, maybe some of them still do, but I kind of looked at them like gurus – and to have these old school Chicago heads taking me in was just amazing.”
For Ryley then, the prospect of having Bach produce his album was something of a no-brainer. “It was everything I wanted it to be,” he enthuses. “I would go to LeRoy’s house every other day with a riff, and we would take it from there.” Perhaps more than any other song on the record, the somnambulant sun-dappled intimacies of opening track and lead single “The Halfwit In Me” most audibly bear the imprint of those Whistler sessions.
Golden Sings That Have Been Sung was made for the dewy magic hour when night and day have yet to meet and, as long as the song is playing, you feel might briefly leave the corporeal world with them. This is the music you might imagine the woodland animals making once the humans have left for the night. This is Ryley Walker’s coming of age.
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GOLDEN SINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SUNG TRACKLIST:
The Halfwit In Me
A Choir Apart
Funny Thing She Said
I Will Ask You Twice
The Great And Undecided
Age Old Tale
On April 16th, Ryley Walker will release a Record Store Day full-length recorded with Charles Rumback titled, Cannots.
Fellow denizens of Chicago, IL, Rumback (drums, organ) and Walker (acoustic and electric guitar, piano, bells) laid down Cannots during two short sessions, a month apart, overseen by Brian J. Sulpizio. Each player’s schedule was too hectic ahead of these sessions to allow any time to discuss the direction of the record, so what you hear was wholly improvised on the spot. The results maybe recall the legendary jams of Sandy Bull and Billy Higgins, perhaps the soundtrack work of Ry Cooder, or Neil Young circa Dead Man…whatever you hear there is an undeniably magical chemistry at play.
Ryley Walker‘s already had a full year – and it’s not even March. His passport got stamped in Bosnia, Macedonia, Croatia (for the first time no less) on his Central & Eastern European tour. On his inaugural Australian tour, Walker opened for Joanna Newsom at the Sydney Opera House. While in Glasgow, Walker played two sold out Bert Jansch tribute shows alongside legends such as Robert Plant, Jacqui Mcshee, Archie Fisher, Graham Coxon and Ben Watt. Walker’s currently touring as a duo with Danny Thompson (Pentangle, Nick Drake, Talk Talk) and will open for Deer Tick once he returns stateside.
Cannots is available in limited edition, electric-blue vinyl, featuring cover art by Adam F Scott(adamscottstudio.com), and will be released by Dead Oceans on Record Store Day 2016. Full list of dates below.
RYLEY WALKER TOUR DATES
*new dates in bold*
Thurs. Feb. 25 – Liverpool, UK @ Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic &
Fri. Feb. 26 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club &
Sat. Feb. 27 – Farndale, North Yorkshire, UK @ The Band Room &
Sun. Feb. 28 – Manchester, UK @ Band On The Wall &
Mon. Feb. 29 – London, UK @ Bush Hall &
Thurs. March 10 – Sat. March 12 – Chicago, IL @ Levitation Chicago – Thalia Hall
Sun. April 3 – Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall †
Tue. April 5 – St. Louis, MO @ The Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill †
Wed. April 6 – Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Music Fest – The Mill †
Thur. April 7 – Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music †
Fri. April 8 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre †
Sat. April 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club †
Mon. April 11 – Boulder, CO @ Bluebird Theatre †
Tue. April 12 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up †
Wed. April 13 – Santa Fe, NM @ MEOW Wolf †
Fri. April 29 – Belfast, IE @ Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
Sat. April 30 – Sun. May 1 – Kilkenny, IE @ Kilkenny Roots Festival
Sun. May 2 – Dublin, IE @ Whelans
Sun. June 19 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret
Fri. June 24 – Sun. June 26 – Oslo, NO @ Piknik i Parken
Sat. Aug. 6 – Sun. Aug. 7 – London, UK @ Caught By The River Thames
Thur. Aug. 18 – Sat. Aug. 20 – Praia do Tabuao, PT @ Paredes de Coura
& = w/ Danny Thompson
† = w/ Deer Tick
February 2016 will see two of contemporary folk’s finest artists, Ryley Walker and Danny Thompson, take to the road for eleven UK shows and what is sure to be an unmissable collaboration.
Ryley Walker has been compared to many of folk’s greats yet has a musical style all his own. Still only in his mid-20s, he’s well on his way to becoming a major artist as the rave reviews for his recent album, Primrose Green, attest. For this very special tour, Ryley will be joined onstage by legendary double-bassist Danny Thompson, one of the founding members of Pentangle, who has performed with the likes of Richard Thompson, Tim Buckley, Nick Drake, John Martyn and many more, helping to create the lyrical and jazz-flecked astral folk that so influenced Walker close to half a century later. As well as performing works from his two acclaimed albums, the shows will likely include some new Ryley Walker material. Expect a memorable night as these two immensely talented artists come together to create something exceptional.
Wednesday 17th February – BRISTOL – St George’s
Thursday 18th February – OXFORD – The Bullingdon
Friday 19th February – BIRMINGHAM – The Rainbow
Saturday 20th February – LONDON – Bush Hall
Sunday 21st February – BARTON-UPON-HUMBER – Ropery Hall
Tuesday 23rd February – STOCKTON-ON-TEES – The Arc
Wednesday 24th February – CLITHEROE – The Grand
Thursday 25th February – LIVERPOOL – Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic
Friday 26th February – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Saturday 27th February – FARNDALE, NORTH YORKSHIRE – The Band Room
Sunday 28th February – MANCHESTER – Band On The Wall
“On the first day of the festival, Illinois native Ryley Walker brought his distinct brand of jazz- and psychedelic-rock-inspired folk music to the Woods Stage, a picturesque pavilion nestled in a holler and made out of twisted twigs and trees.” – NPR
Ryley Walker‘s extended jams are becoming part of his legacy as he continues his extensive touring. This video from Pickathon 2015 is twelve psychedelic minutes of “Summer Dress” from Primrose Green. Ryley has just added a January fun in Australia, including two nights at The Famous Spiegeltent.
Ryley Walker in Australia:
(more tix and info here)
01/22/16 Sydney, AU – The Famous Spiegeltent
01/23/16 Sydney, AU – The Famous Spiegeltent
01/24/16 Brisbane, AUS – Junk Bar
01/25/16 Melbourne, AUS – The Toff
01/26/16 Melbourne , AUS – Summer Tones Event
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