Set to drop via Fat Possum in September; tour dates listed below.
Ramsey – Band of Horses multiinstrumentalist and solo artist in his own right – has a new album,
The Valley Wind, set for
a September 27th via Fat Possum.
Ramsey wrote the album while on
and off the road over the past year, and recorded the album at Alex The Great
studio in Nashville, TN over six days in early January. Friend and BoH bandmate
Bill Reynolds (who’s worked with The Avett Brothers and Lissie) produced and
aided on bass, while friend Seth Kauffman (Floating Action) sat in on drums and
guitar. He’ll be supporting the record with a tour starting in early October.
According to the label: “The
Valley Wind is a crystalline yet warm
album, nine finely spun songs filled with Ramsey’s rich, plaintive vocals and expressive, intricate guitar
playing. Opener “Raven Shadow” is a brief instrumental introduction
that highlights his stirring guitar lines, and is followed by the evocative and
cinematic title track. Elsewhere, the album ranges from the lush yet simple,
finger-picked guitar of “1000 Blackbirds” to the rolling, fuller band
sound of “Stay Gone”; from the hypnotic, contemplative “Time Is
A Changing Line” to the insistent, chiming “When It’s Done”; and
from the slowly waltzing “Angel Band” to the moody “All
Ramsey’s previous album A Long Dream About Swimming Across
The Sea, originally released on
the Echo Mountain label, was re-released
by Brown Records/Fat Possum in January.
Here’s what we had to say about it:
Tyler Ramsey is just about the
luckiest singer-songwriter in America.
The Asheville, NC, singer-songwriter is suddenly a loud
blip on the indie-rock radar, having joined Band of Horses. With his debut
album just out, the match-up is well-timed. Ramsey’s velvety vocals pull you in
immediately on “Ships,” a sweetly-sad fingerpicked lullaby. “No
One Goes Out Anymore” evokes a melancholy CSNY with close-knit, ‘60s
inspired harmonies. A vivid dream about swimming underwater sets the tone for
Ramsey’s debut. The result is a collection of songs that have a consistently
floating, weightless feel, and brim with water imagery.
Maybe it’s the beards and long hair,
but the mellow/moody Band of Horses lilt and Ramsey’s solo work are definitely
in the same reverb-heavy, vocal-driven vein. Never underestimate the value of
bonding over booze. Ramsey’s induction into Band of Horses started during a
beach trip with frontman Ben Bridwell and Ramsey’s longtime friend, BoH bassist
Bill Reynolds. (“We were just out drinking tequila at this little bar and
they asked me to open up for [a] tour,” explained Ramsey.) When BoH
guitarist Robin Perringer decided to quit, Ramsey was asked to join.
Is A Changing Line
6 Asheville, Nc
The Grey Eagle
8 Charlotte, Nc
The Evening Muse
10 New York, Ny
11 Vienna, Va
12 Harrisburg, Pa
The Gallery At The Abbey Bar
13 Pittsburgh, Pa
19 Decatur, Ga