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Ryley Walker announces Birmingham show

June 6, 2017 in News

Ryley Walker‘s show at The Empire, Coventry has been moved to Mama Roux’s, Birmingham.

American singer-songwriter and guitarist Ryley Walker from Rockford, Illinois released his fourth album Golden Sings That Have Been Sung on Dead Oceans last year. Sunny and shimmering, this record’s not unlike its cover, nor is it unlike a warm Chicago evening. Produced by Wilco multi-instrumentalist (and fellow Chicagoan) LeRoy BachGolden Sings That Have Been Sung is very much born of the windy city. ‘The Roundabout’ calls out Ryley’s favourite local watering hole, a handful of Chicago players appear on the record.

While tethered to this place he calls home, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung carves out its own microcosm. As The New York Times aptly put it, “his songs are rooms to poke around in, rustling the curtains.”

Back in 2015, Walker’s second album Primrose Green emerged to critical hosannas from the likes of NPRVillage VoiceUncut, and Mojo – in the process, earning 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 would later embark on a British tour.

Ryley Walker Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Ryley Walker plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Thurs 31st August 2017, with support from Bill MacKay. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Roundabout’ below:

Ryley Walker to play The Empire

March 30, 2017 in News

American singer-songwriter and guitarist Ryley Walker from Rockford, Illinois released his fourth album Golden Sings That Have Been Sung on Dead Oceans last year. Sunny and shimmering, this record’s not unlike its cover, nor is it unlike a warm Chicago evening. Produced by Wilco multi-instrumentalist (and fellow Chicagoan) LeRoy BachGolden Sings That Have Been Sung is very much born of the windy city. ‘The Roundabout’ calls out Ryley’s favourite local watering hole, a handful of Chicago players appear on the record.

While tethered to this place he calls home, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung carves out its own microcosm. As The New York Times aptly put it, “his songs are rooms to poke around in, rustling the curtains.”

After extensive touring, in March 2016 Walker’s second album Primrose Green emerged to critical hosannas from the likes of NPRVillage VoiceUncut, and Mojo – in the process, earning 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 would later embark on a British tour. For all of that, 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.

Ryley Walker Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Ryley Walker plays The Empire Coventry on Thurs 31st August 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Roundabout’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 14th – 20th November

November 14, 2016 in News

We’ve got a busy week of gigs lined up this week, including critically acclaimed Illinois singer-songwriter Ryley Walker at the Hare & Hounds on Wednesday, and Danny Brown at The Rainbow Warehouse celebrating the release of his new album. Thursday brings a night of math-rock with Three Trapped Tigers shaking up The Flapper with their effect-laden guitars and glistening sci-fi synths. Saturday sees Glasgow duo Honeyblood take on Mama Roux’s following support slots with Foo Fighters and Wolf Alice. Check out the full listings below:

MONDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

Is Bliss + Outlander @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Introducing Velvet Dreams EP, the debut from psychedelic shoegazer trio Is Bliss, released on Club AC30 – a tantalising taster of this new band’s potential. The EP’s atmosphere resonates strongly with the hazy sixties underground, with its sitar­like waterfall guitars and hypnogogic beats, but other, harder influences bleed through. The band have been together barely a year and yet have quickly gained attention opening for Wolf AliceTelescopes and Nine Black Alps. Support from Birmingham Mogwai-influenced Outlander.

Watch the video for ‘Ocean Blue’ below:


WEDNESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

Ryley Walker + Itasca @ Hare & Hounds
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With a powerful voice that spans ranges and eras & an effortless approach to a fine melody on the guitar, the Illinois singer-songwriter sets the bar high for the modern folk artist. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley would later embark on a string of sell-out British shows. A sprawling tour of the USA around Primrose Green presented a perfect chance to workshop ideas for what would eventually become his third studio album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung. Support comes from Itasca, L.A.-based guitarist, singer-songwriter Kayla Cohen.

Watch the video for ‘The Roundabout’ below:

Danny Brown + Zelooperz @ The Rainbow Warehouse
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One of rap’s brightest lights Danny Brown celebrates the release of his 4th studio album Atrocity Exhibition with intricate wordplay, unmatched storytelling, and lyrical thoughtfulness. The album is the latest peak in a career full of highlights: over the last decade, he’s worked with a breadth of artists from Purity Ring and Rustie to Schoolboy QE-40, and Ghostface Killah. Support comes from 21-year-old Detroit rapper ZeelooperZ, member of Brown’s hip-hop collective Bruiser Brigade.

Watch the video for ‘When It Rain’ below:


THURSDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

Three Trapped Tigers + The Physics House Band + Constant Waves @ The Flapper
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Three Trapped Tigers are a band for which genres and labels struggle to keep up; they move - often at breakneck speed – from screeching, effect-laden guitars, an arsenal of glistening sci-fi synths, pummelling sub-bass, colossal riffs and audacious drum patterns that both underpin and define their unique sound. In full force the band feel both gracefully intelligent and wildly primal, gargantuan yet melodic. Support comes from Brighton psychedelic math-rock trio The Physics House Band and West Midlands prog rock band Constant Waves.

Watch the video for ‘Engrams’ below:


FRIDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

The Graveltones + Brandy Row @ The Flapper
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UK based Australian heavy blues rock and roll duo The Graveltones formed in late 2011, after the two members met in London’s Tin Pan Alley, brought together by a mutual love of artists as diverse as Captain BeefheartHowlin WolfJohn Lee Hooker and QOTSA. Their critically acclaimed debut album saw the band tour extensively with the likes of Rival SonsThe Temperance MovementBoss HossMonster TruckCadillac Three and a stunning set at Download Festival 2013. Support comes from blues rock and roll singer-songwriter Brandy Row.

Watch the video for ‘Bang Bang’ below:

Spotlight On: Alligator + Gloss + Nausea + Gasfoodlodging @ O2 Institute Blue Room
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Birmingham Promoters present a new weekly night at a brand new venue within the O2 InstituteThe Blue Room. Every week Birmingham Promoters will showcase the best & most exciting local acts from across the West Midlands. Alligatr are not just your usual indie band from Leicester. Combining their influences of  jungle and dance with rock and jazz, they have created a unique vibe which makes their  songs sound far from the bland and the obvious. Support comes from indie post-punk band Gloss, Birmingham based Nausea and 3 piece alternative countrified/indie-fied Gasfoodlodging.

Listen to ‘Reminiscing’ below:


SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

Weirds + Vulgarians + History Of Sex @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Weirds have been destroying venues across the UK for the past year with their blistering sonic assault of motorik­driven, druggy grunge. NME described their live show as “like a vulture ravaging a corpse”, but beneath the fuzz and sprawling, psycho­tropic breakdowns lies a knack for melody and structure. Support comes from Vulgarians with their unique brand of chilling post­punk noise, and Birmingham based garage noise band History Of Sex.

Watch the video for ‘Old World Blues’ below:

Honeyblood + Pins @ Mama Roux’s
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Glasgow duo Honeyblood have managed to brilliantly capture then subtly refine and embellish the duo’s notorious live energy that over the past two years shared stages all round the globe with everyone from Belle And Sebastian and Foo Fighters to close comrades like Courtney Barnett and Wolf Alice. Support comes from Manchester band PINS crafting a blend of noise, texture and melody.

Watch the video for ‘Ready For The Magic’ below:


SUNDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

And Yet It Moves + Bad Girlfriend @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Fronted by former Amazing Snakeheads frontman Dale Barclay, who has witnessed firsthand the banality of the music industry and came out battered but unbeaten, And Yet It Moves want to play music for the love of it. Live they enrapture crowds with a real natural chemistry, Barclay’s undeniably captivating aura and expansive, songs of sorrow mixed with themes of the heart. If you want freedom these are the guys for you, if not just go away. Support from Birmingham heavy garage rock band Bad Girlfriend.

Listen to ‘No Way Back To Lunch’ below:

Ryley Walker & Danny Thompson to play The Rainbow

November 12, 2015 in News

Playing together for the very first time, the much-anticipated collaboration between two of contemporary folk’s finest artists - Ryley Walker and Danny Thompson.

Singer-songwriter Ryley Walker plays guitar like Bert Jansch and sings like Tim Buckley, yet has a musical style that’s all his own. Still only in his mid- twenties, he’s well on his way to becoming a major artist, as the rave reviews for his live performances and his most recent album, Primrose Green, attest.

For this very special tour, Ryley is joined onstage by near-legendary double- bassist Danny Thompson, who performed with both Bert Jansch (in Pentangle) and Tim Buckley, as well as with Nick DrakeJohn Martyn and many more – helping to create the lyrical and jazz-flecked astral folk that so influenced Walker close to half a century later. Expect a memorable night as these two immensely talented artists come together to create something exceptional. Advance booking strongly advised.

“One of the most eclectic and interesting careers in British music” - Daily Telegraph on Danny Thompson

“Walker provides essential listening for the here and now” - Sunday Times

Ryley Walker Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter
Danny Thompson Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

RYLEY WALKER & DANNY THOMPSON PLAY THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON FRI 19TH FEBRUARY 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Primrose Green’ below:

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Introducing: Ryley Walker

May 26, 2015 in News

Ryley Walker is the reincarnation of the True American Guitar Player. That’s as much a testament to his roving, rambling ways, or as to the fact that his Guild D-35 guitar has endured a few stints in the pawnshop.

Primrose Green begins near where All Kinds of You, his last record, leaves off but quickly pushes far afield. The title sounds pastoral and quaint, but the titular green has dark hallucinogenic qualities, as does much of the LP. The band is a mixture of new and old Chicago talent, blending both jaded veterans of the post-rock and jazz mini-circuits together with a few eager, open-eared youths.

No one knows what the future holds for young Ryley Walker. Hardship and setbacks and dilapidated housing uncertainty only seem to spur him on creatively. Here, with this record, we risk limiting his access to personal disaster by flirting with success. A short lifetime of interminable practice and discipline have resulted in a masterpiece of an album, an album of a sort we haven’t seen since the 1970s.

“Acoustic swagger exists, and Ryley Walker has it” – NPR Music

“A brackish and magical seven-inch that sits somewhere between Tim Buckley’s soaring reveries and Bert Jansch circa ‘LA Turnaround”– John Mulvey, Uncut

Ryley Walker Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

RYLEY WALKER PLAYS THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON FRIDAY 28TH AUGUST 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Sweet Satisfaction’ below: