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Guitar virtuoso Ryley Walker is celebrating the release of his second album, Primrose Garden. The 24-year-old settled into his folk-rock sound after years of playing in Chicago’s noise scene; the resulting vibe is both pastoral yet dark and twangy yet haunting. You can catch Ryley at Baby’s All Right on March 15th. Listen to his favorite jams below.
Bob Martin – “Midwest Farm Disaster”
Derek Bailey – “Laura”
Anne Briggs – “Living By The Water”
John Abercrombie – “Ralph’s Piano Waltz”
Art Ensemble of Chicago – “Dreaming of The Master”
Circuit Des Teux – “331”
Tim Hardin – “Bird On A Wire”
Imaginary Softwoods – “Eye Color (The Forest of Light)”
Wizz Jones – “The First Girl I Loved”
Humble Pie – “Earth And Water Song”
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