RYLEY WALKER (USA) with special guests PALM SPRINGS
PALM SPRINGS: 8.00pm - 8.40pm
RYLEY WALKER: 9.00pm - 10.15pm
Mistletone presents the first Australian tour by rising Chicago guitar virtuoso and neo-psychedelic singer-songwriter par excellence, Ryley Walker. Making the journey to Australia by invitation of Sydney Festival, and riding the velvet coat-tails of his brilliant and hugely acclaimed album Primrose Green (released earlier this year on Dead Oceans via Inertia) all the way to The Toff, Ryley Walker plays flawless, crisp jazz-folk songs in the vein of the end-of-the 1960s zeitgeist -- but imbued with a fire, spirit and youth that transforms his every show into a mesmeric, jaw-dropping wig-out. Ryley Walker is a true American guitar player. That's as much a testament to his roving, rambling ways, or the fact that his Guild D-35 guitar has endured a few stints in the pawnshop. Swap out rural juke joints for rotted DIY spaces and the archetype is solidly intact. His personal life might be tumultuous and his residential status in question, but his bedrock is disciplined daily rehearsal and an inexhaustible wellspring of song craft. Bask in the heady, psychedelic glory of the one and only Ryley Walker.
"Ryley Walker's Primrose Green may take notes from shaggy-haired '70s dudes - hell, just look at the cover art - and root itself firmly in Walker's dexterous acoustic guitar skills. But its spirit is beyond and is unruly. This is rock 'n' roll" - NPR
"Crests warm currents of jazz, folk and rock as, say, Van Morrison and Tim Buckley did... (but) while Walker has absorbed these admirably free-roaming influences, this is clearly someone reaching for their essence" - UNCUT (9 out of 10)
"Stoned, summery 70s-style jazz-folk" - The Guardian (4 stars)