Ryley Walker Tickets
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A contemplative singer and master guitarist, Ryley Walker combines inspiration from his blue-collar childhood with the mystical sound of '60s and '70s British folk. Although understated, his lyrics are compelling; they complement his virtuoso abilities on the guitar rather than dominating his catchy, yet contemplative songs. Despite producing intriguing albums, his greatest strength lies in live performances. He is at his best on a Ryley Walker tour, when displaying his talents to fans at intimate music venues.
Ryley Walker's origins
Ryley Walker grew up in a working-class household. In an interview with the Guardian, he admitted his familiarity with several stereotypical blue-collar delicacies, such as Tesco coleslaw and mayonnaise on bread. He enjoyed a happy and stable childhood in Rockford, however, and had no idea he wanted more until he turned 13. His parents displayed little talent or interest in music, so he visited thrift stores with his sister in search of records. His goal was always to find albums his friends didn't know. He especially favored music that "freaked [his parents] out."
Ryley Walker's breakthrough
After moving to Chicago, Walker quickly made his mark on the Windy City's independent music scene. His following grew as he released a vinyl EP and multiple cassette EPs. His true breakthrough arrived with the release of Primrose Green, which demonstrated that his talent goes far beyond the fingerstyle guitar of his earlier releases. Primrose Green earned high acclaim from Pitchfork and several other music authorities. Its success set the stage for follow-up album Land of Plenty (featuring Bill MacKay), which was released the same year.
Ryley Walker's most popular albums
After releasing multiple EPs, Walker produced several full-length albums in quick succession and with a variety of record labels. The first, All Kinds of You, garnered positive feedback from critics, who referred to Walker as "mesmerizing" and "older than his years." He followed this impressive debut with the daring Primrose Green and Land of Plenty. For Land of Plenty, he collaborated with Bill MacKay. The partnership began organically, leaving the album with a natural sound that sometimes eludes musical collaborations.
Fourth album Golden Sings That Have Been Sung represented another significant shift in Walker's trademark sound. While he maintained his usual blend of blues, jazz and folk, he infused this album with daring lyrics and fresh instrumentals. Leroy Bach (formerly of Wilco) produced the album and is largely credited with its sense of adventure. Walker admits that the album was also prompted by a tough breakup; during this time, music served as his chief source of therapy.
Similar to Ryley Walker
Those with Ryley Walker tickets may appreciate the musical stylings of Bill MacKay, who has worked extensively with Walker in the past. Other comparable artists include Cass McCombs, Dans Dans and Steve Gunn.
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