Folk

Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (CD)

Chicago-based guitarist/singer Ryley Walker's latest album evokes finger-style pickers like Bert Jansch and Nick Drake while infusing them just the right amount of electric rock and jazz instrumentation. Walker's confident, clear, no-nonsense vocals give this mix of influences and styles an authority that makes them his own, especially on "The Roundabout," in which his musings paint vignettes of a rambling life, unencumbered yet contemplative. Album opener "The Halfwit in Me" features instrumentation reminiscent of both an English folk guitar festival and a trip to the sun, while the vocals have the attitude of an American alt-country group like Whiskeytown.

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