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Ryley Walker
solo / acoustic
Roter Salon


“Ryley Walker is probably the most adventurous singer-songwriter that the USA currently has on offer. (...) Both the freedom in his range of expression and the album's abundance of detail are immense. (...) But once you've found your way into the innermost, you'll be richly rewarded in every nook and cranny,” wrote ECLIPSED magazine in their description of Ryley Walker's current album Deafman Glance in May 2018.

In Ryley's own words: “I was under a lot of stress because I was trying to make an anti-folk record and I was having trouble doing it. I wanted to make something deep-fried and more me-sounding. I didn’t want to be jammy acoustic guy anymore. I just wanted to make something weird and far-out that came from the heart finally. I was always trying to make something like this I guess, trying to catch up with my imagination. And I think I succeeded in that way — it’s got some weird instrumentation on there, and some surreal far-out words. And it’s more Chicago-y sounding. Chicago sounds like a train constantly coming towards you but never arriving. That’s the sound I hear, all the time, ringing in my ears.”

After a difficult 2019, which was marked by health problems and a cancelled tour (he had to call off his concert in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, among others), Ryley Walker returns for a short, very special solo tour to intimate venues to play songs from the past few years. A new album isn't in the works yet.

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