With a powerful voice that spans ranges and eras, and an effortless approach to a fine melody on the guitar, Ryley Walker sets the bar higher for the modern folk artist.
The 24 year-old recently turned to his folk-rock sound, inspired by some of his heroes Bert Jansch, Tim Buckley, and Tim Hardin. After kicking around Chicago’s experimental free/noise music scene and touring extensively with an array of artists, he grew into his current laid-back and folk-driven approach to tunes, resulting in several cassettes, singles, and a highly acclaimed EP The West Wind. His poised and accomplished debut LP All Kinds Of You, is due out April 2014 on the seminal Tompkins Square label. With a stellar backing band, Walker brings a swift sound that recalls the golden eras of folk, lush with soul.
“Acoustic swagger exists, and Ryley Walker has it” – NPR Music
“More interesting artists develop in quite a different way, quietly assembling a deepish catalogue of music before many people actually notice them. Such, it transpires, is the case with Ryley Walker…I’ve been hyping Walker’s ‘West Wind’ single for Tompkins Square pretty hard for the past few weeks; a brackish and magical seven-inch that sits somewhere between Tim Buckley’s soaring reveries and Bert Jansch circa ‘LA Turnaround’” – John Mulvey, UNCUT
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