by Sean Jewell :: There is no easing into Ryley Walker‘s psych-folk masterpiece Primrose Green. From the very first finger-picked guitar licks, a delicate tapestry of nurturing music springs out wild as clockwork unwound. Improvisational in nature, bouncing off Walker’s stream of consciousness lyrics, a thick forest grows out of the loam of jazz-informed, stylish, […]

Ryley Walker

This ode to psych-folk of a bygone era is all we need know to become fans of 25 year-old Ryley Walker. A self-proclaimed “outsider” and fan of “out” music then and now,  this Rockford, Illinois native released his debut, All Kinds Of You (Tomkins Square) earlier this year and is now making waves in the folk/jazz guitar […]


Playback this show right now via KEXP‘s streaming archive or anytime before July 30th. It’s easy! Click the link below and enjoy 3 hours of mostly new music and contemporary sounds in the still emerging new folk and traditional roots music scene. Like Kacy & Clayton, pictured above. My visit to the 40th annual Winnipeg […]


Ryley Walker is a 24 year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Chicago. This debut album, All Kinds Of You, was released last weekend on Tompkins Square. Having kicked around Chicago’s experimental free/noise music scene for several years, Ryley Walker recently turned to a folk-rock sound inspired by some of his heroes, among them Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, and […]