Ryley Walker just began his tour across North America, and then Europe will follow closely behind that. His new album Deafman Glance is due out on May 18th, and he’ll be playing two hometown record release shows in Chicago in its honor! Thrillcall is giving a pair of tickets away for the LA date at Resident; act fast! Download the app to enter.

Win tickets to Ryley Walker at Resident on 4/17!

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Ryley Walker is sharing the second single, “Opposite Middle,” from his forthcoming album, Deafman Glance, out May 18th. It follows the previously released single “Telluride Speed” and marks the expansion of Ryley’s world tour in support of Deafman Glance. He’ll tour Europe extensively this summer and fall after a run of U.S. dates with Calexico this spring and two record release shows at Hungry Brain in his hometown of Chicago on May 18th and 19th.

“‘Opposite Middle’ was the last tune written for the record,” says Ryley. “At first it was slow. Like crawling pace. What a bummer that would have been, yeah? Somehow it worked itself out to become the only bonafide fast jammer on the record. I was thinking a lot about making my brain work better and the guitar playing of David Grubbs and Steve Hackett. I can’t play as well as either of them but I was thinking about it. Thank you for scoping this out. Really appreciate it. This one is fun to play live. Really can’t wait for the gigs.”

Deafman Glance is the second Ryley Walker album produced by LeRoy Bach and Ryley himself. It was largely recorded at the Minbal (now JAMDEK) Studios in Chicago. Some later sessions also took place at USA Studios and in LeRoy’s kitchen. Cooper Crain (Bitchin’ Bajas, Cave) recorded and mixed the album, as well as adding his shimmering synths all over it. Ryley plays electric & acoustic guitars and was joined by long-time 6-string sparring partners, Brian J Sulpizio and Bill Mackay, who both play electric. LeRoy Bach also plays some electric guitar, whilst adding all piano and other keys. Andrew Scott Young and Matt Lux play bass – Andrew supplying some double-bass, both of them played electric. Drums / percussion are handled by Mikel Avery and Quin Kirchner. Topping off this list of notorious Chi-Town players is Nate Lepine, who added a lot of flute and a little saxophone too. (source: Dead Oceans)

See Ryley Walker’s full tour below. Thrillcall is giving away tickets to the Los Angeles date, next Tuesday 4/17. Follow the links below to see ticket options for the other stops.

Ryley Walker Tour
* with Calexico

4/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
4/16 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
4/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
4/19 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls *
4/21 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard *
4/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill *
4/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Line Music Café *
4/25 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
4/26 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater *
4/27 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre *
4/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
4/29 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
4/30 – Woodstock, NY @ Colony
5/1 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
5/2 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live *
5/3 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater *
5/4 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
5/5 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings
5/6 – Columbia, SC @ IF Art Gallery
5/7 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West *
5/8 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
5/18 – Chicago, IL @ Hungry Brain (Record Release Show)
5/19 – Chicago, IL @ Hungry Brain (Record Release Show)
7/15 – Bruges, Belgium @ Cactus Festival
7/18 – Helsinki, Finland @ G Livelab
7/19-7/22 – Salisbury, UK @ Larmer Tree Festival
7/22 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands @ Welcome To The Village Festival
7/24 – Munich, Germany @ Milla
9/12 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Café
9/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
9/14 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
9/15 – Dallas, TX @ The Foundry
9/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
9/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
9/22 – Big Sur, CA @ Freaks of The Festival
9/24 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
9/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall
9/26 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
9/27 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Botanical Gardens – Great Escape Series
9/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
9/29 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
9/30 – Fort Collins, CO @ Downtown Artery
10/2 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
10/3 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag
10/4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
10/5 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
10/6 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Backroom @ Colectivo