Chicago singer-songwriter Ryley Walker plays at Reverb Lounge Sunday, Oct. 2. His latest album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (2016, Dead Oceans) was produced by Wilco multi-instrumentalist (and fellow Chicagoan) LeRoy Bachhas, and has a dark, brassy resonance throughout its eight acoustic-driven folk-rock tracks. Wilco is a natural touch point, but Nick Drake might be closer to the target.
Walker filled out our Ten Questions survey. Here’s his take:
1. What is your favorite album?
Ryley Walker: Pink Floyd – Meddle
2. What is your least favorite song?
Joan Jett – “I Love Rock n Roll”
3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
4. What do you hate about being in a band?
5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?
Yeah right, copper.
6. In what city or town do you love to perform?
7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?
Dallas. Every awful thing came to a head there.
8. How do you pay your bills?
Press “ignore” on my phone.
9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?
Something in film. Would never want to be a bus boy again.
10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?
Simon Joyner tells the best ones.
Ryley Walker plays with Circuit des Yeux and Simon Joyner Sunday, Oct. 2, at Reverb Lounge, Tickets are $12 Adv./$14 DOS. Showtime is 9 p.m. For more information, go to onepercentproductions.com.