Ryley Walker

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.

RECORD STORE DAY // Ryley Walker Announces Release Of ‘Cannots’ With Charles Rumback

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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

TOUR ANNOUNCE // Ryley Walker To Tour The UK With Legendary Bassist Danny Thompson

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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.

Ryley Walker and Danny Thompson Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

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

WATCH // NPR Shares A Video Of Ryley Walker’s “Summer Dress” At Pickathon, New Australia Dates Announced

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.

Order Primrose Green:
SCD/direct // Amazon // iTunes // Indies

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

WATCH // Ryley Walker Performs “The High Road” and “Sweet Satisfaction” At Braund Studios NYC

“His new album displays a kinship for Fairport Convention, Tim Buckley, Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell and Burt Jansch, but Walker is a restless presence and powerful player, one whose compositions offer structural diversions and an overall expansiveness. The 10 songs move with a measured looseness, with Walker and his miraculous backing band of Chicago jazz players allowing plenty of space for tightly improvised explorations.”
Los Angeles Times

Ryley Walker’s summer tour in support of his Dead Oceans’ debut, Primrose Green, kicks off tomorrow in Los Angeles with an Aquarium Drunkard-presented show at The Echo. In conjunction with the start of his busy summer, Walker is sharing two new stunning live videos of Primrose Green cuts, “Sweet Satisfaction” and “The High Road.” The videos were recorded at Braund Studios in Brooklyn during CMJ 2014. Get a glimpse into Walker’s magnificent live show before catching him on the road with Amen Dunes, Jessica Pratt, Strand of Oaks and others, and at several festivals including Pitchfork Music Festival, Levitation, NXNE, Solid Sound Music Festival, Pickathon and more. A full list of dates is below.

RYLEY WALKER TOUR DATES:
Tue. June 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Wed. June 3 – Long Beach, CA @ Carpenter House
Sun. June 7 – Vancouver, BC @ Levitation – Vancouver
Mon. June 8 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza (w/ Amen Dunes)
Tue. June 9 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (w/ Amen Dunes)
Thu. June 11 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium (w/ Amen Dunes)
Fri. June 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel (w/ Amen Dunes)
Sat. June 13 – Sonoma, CA @ Huichica Festival (w/ Amen Dunes)
Thu. June 18 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola (Suoni per II Popolo Festival w/ Myriam Gendron)
Sat. June 20 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club (NXNE w/ Angel Olsen)
Sun. June 21 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Tue. June 23 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Wed. June 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Thu. June 25 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Fri. June 26 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Sat. June 27 – North Adams, MA @ Solid Sound Music Festival
Tue. June 30 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston (w/ Elijah Wolf, Liv Carrow)
Wed. July 1 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
Thu. July 2 – Baltimore, MD @ Canton Waterfront Park (w/ Scars on 45)
Wed. July 15 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Fri. July 17 – Chicago, IL @ Union Park (Pitchfork Music Festival)
Fri. July 24-Sun. July 26 – Guelph, ON @ Guelph Lake Island Conversation Area (Hillside Festival)
Sun. July 26 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill (MO POP Festival)
Mon. July 27 – Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club (w/ Strand of Oaks)
Fri. July 31-Sun. Aug. 2 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pendarvis Farm (Pickathon)
Tue. Aug. 18 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
Wed. Aug. 19 – Cork, IE @ Triskel Arts Centre
Thu. Aug. 20-Sun. Aug. 23 – Brecon Beacons, Wales @ Green Man Festival
Tue. Aug. 25 – Brussels, BE @ Feeerieen Festival
Wed. Aug. 26 – Canterbury, UK @ The Bubble Club
Thu. Aug. 27 – Norwich, UK @ Norwich Arts Centre
Fri. Aug. 28 – Birmingham, UK @ The Rainbow
Sat. Aug. 29 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Sun. Aug. 30 – York, UK @ The Band Room
Mon. Aug. 31 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Tue. Sept. 1 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Wed. Sept. 2 – London, UK @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Fri. Sept. 4-Sun. Sept. 6 – Wiltshire, UK @ End Of The Road
Sun. Sept. 6 – Amsterdam, NL @ Sugar Mountain Festival
Wed. Sept. 9 – Schorndorf, DE @ Manufaktur
Thu. Sept. 10 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
Fri. Sept. 11 – Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
Sat. Sept. 12 – Groningen, NL @ Take Root Festival
Sun. Sept. 13 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
Tue. Sept. 15 – Geneva, CH @ L’Ecurie
Wed. Sept. 23-Sun. Sept. 27 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
Sat. Sept. 26 – Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Festival

Purchase Primrose Green:
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Amazon
SCD
Indies

Booking Agent Contact

US Booking:
Ryan Farlow, Windish Agency
farlow@windishagency.com

EU Booking:
Erin Coleman, Paper and Iron Booking
erin@paperandironbooking.com
0049 30 70225003

tour dates

06/06/16

Chicago, IL - Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park - FREE SHOW

06/08/16

Marina di Ravenna, IT - Beaches Brew Festival

06/11/16

St. Gallen, CH - Palace  w/ Destroyer

06/12/16

Liege, BE - Reflecktor  w/ Destroyer

06/14/16

Luxembourg, LU - Rockhal  w/ Destroyer

06/15/16

London, UK - Oval Space  w/ Destroyer

06/16/16

Ghent, BE - DOK  w/ Destroyer
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