Outpost in the Burbs presents Chicago-based singer-songwriter Ryley Walker on Saturday, December 15th at 8 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Avenue. Opening the show will be Chicago based ensemble, Mute Duo. This concert will take place in the Guild Room.
Ryley Walker is an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Chicago whose music and evolution as an artist have proven mercurial. After spending a few years cutting his teeth on the city’s indie and experimental music scenes, he began giving solo live performances on acoustic guitar, drawing the inevitable comparisons to his peers, from William Tyler and Glenn Jones to British Isles guitarists ranging from Bert Jansch and John Renbourn to Davy Graham and Martin Carthy. For his part, Walker proved delightfully unpredictable, shapeshifting styles from blues and folk to pop and experimental sounds.
Ryley Walker conjures intricate tributes to 1960s British folk, infusing lush and sprawling guitar jams with baroque flourishes. With his new album, Deafman Glance (2018), the Chicago singer/multi-instrumentalist is expanding his sonic palette. “I wanted to make something deep-fried and more me-sounding,” he says. That rough-hewn yet considered approach is deeply felt in his new music, which draws from ‘70s rock, adding fuzzed-out guitars and proggy textures in an imaginative blend. (www.pitchfork.com)
“At 29, Walker has already released five albums and three EPs. His breakthrough was 2015’s Primrose Green, a kaleidoscopic record that expertly combined Van Morrison–flavored soul-folk with sprawling, Chicago-style noise and jazz. With Deafman Glance, released in May, Walker zeroed in on a groovy exploration of the intersection of folk, jazz and good old indie-rock guitar worship. But on November 16th, he unveiled a very different project: The Lillywhite Sessions, a song-for-song cover of the Dave Matthews Band’s famously abandoned 1999–2000 studio material, recorded with veteran rock producer Steve Lillywhite.” (Rolling Stone)
About the “New Voices” series: “New Voices” presents emerging or “indie” musicians to the Outpost stage, exposing audiences to exciting new or unfamiliar artists.
Tickets: $25 (advanced) and $28 at the door. Tickets are
available at Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Montclair, 973-744-7177, Studio
042 – Super Business Printer, 423 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973-509-7591; and here
Community Service: Volunteers will also be accepting donations of the following items for the soup kitchen in Orange, New Jersey at all concerts: peanut butter, jelly/jam, granola bars, fruit cups or other healthy snacks, white athletic-type socks.
For more information, visit www.outpostintheburbs.org or call 973-744-6560.
One lucky winner will score a pair of tickets to see Ryley Walker. To enter, leave a comment on this post by 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2018.