Justin Walter, Ryley Walker & Daniel Bachman | Comfort Station | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Justin Walter, Ryley Walker & Daniel Bachman Agenda All Ages Free Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., Oct. 18, 7 p.m. 2012
Price: donation requested
In 1959 a 20-year-old college student named John Fahey spent his earnings from a job pumping gas (and a loan from a clergyman) to make his first LP, Blind Joe Death. That unprecedented record reimagined the steel-stringed acoustic guitar as a vehicle to synthesize compelling musical statements from folk traditions, personal preoccupations, and contemporary compositional approaches. Chicago resident Ryley Walker and Daniel Bachman of Fredericksburg, Virginia, represent the latest generation to take up this approach, called "American primitive guitar" even though some of its best practitioners come from other countries. Both are in their early 20s, but Walker's solo cassette The Evidence of Things Unseen (Plustapes) and Bachman's latest LP, Seven Pines (Tompkins Square), sound like the work of mature performers—these men aren't just hot pickers but also skilled songwriters with a strong command of dynamics and books full of eerily affecting tunes. Their duo cassette, Of Deathly Premonitions (Plustapes), extends the American primitive tradition by incorporating electric sonorities and melodies that plumb the interiorized melancholy of Loren Connors and the epic sweep of Roy Montgomery. This is Bachman's only area appearance on his national tour to support Seven Pines. —Bill Meyer Justin Walter headlines.



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