Shows of Note: Ryley Walker

Those who know me know that I haven’t always been the biggest fan of what’s been publicly dubbed “Indie” music. This is because of certain personal prejudices against consistently overdriven vocals and mushy, static sounding guitar, which seems to be the stereotype when it comes to Indie tracks. That all hanged very recently when I heard about this American-born singer-songwriter and guitarist named Ryley Walker

Contrary to the stereotype, Walker’s sound tends to revolve more around a sort of soft-spoken emotion, one track of note being “The Roundabout," off of his latest release, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, which starts quietly, yet optimistically, and slowly builds to an emotional peak, by slowly deepening his sound and getting progressively more intense in his lyrics. All of this is beautifully edited together to form a very cohesive whole, which is at one and the same time relaxing and exciting. As Fall becomes a more and more imminent threat, I could definitely imagine listening to this in front of a fireplace, or in the car during a traditional Ellensburg rain shower.

Anyways, on a less flowery note, this diversion from what I previously thought of as the norm is an excellent reminder, at least for me, that “Indie," like “Alternative," is a massive umbrella term used when another genre doesn’t exactly fit.

So, now, to the point of all this. If you read the above and thought it sounded interesting, I have a bit of a proposition for you. Tonight, from 8-9 PM, on my music variety show Something Different, I’ll be giving a lucky listener a pair of tickets to go see Ryley Walker at Barboza in Seattle on October the 8th. Doors open at 7:00PM, so if you and a friend are looking for a good evening of entertainment for free, be sure to tune in to fin

d out how you can win.

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