Will Schube is gonna Eat At Joe’s
The re-emergence of guitar-centric folk music is indebted to the great work we’ve been exposed to courtesy of re-issue labels and the ever expanding cartography of the internet. Michael Chapman’s Fully Qualified Survivor is now a touchstone for many young songwriters, thanks to the work of Light in the Attic Records. I didn’t know the name John Fahey until I discovered contemporary songwriters who let at the chance to drop his name. Steve Gunn, Kurt Vile, Sam Amidon—these dudes were shaped by the plethora of available music previously inaccessible to aspiring musicians. The results of such treasure troves are far-reaching. The new crop of musicians, the young guns who grew up on this music, are more interesting than ever.
A larger resource pool is accessible; artists are more easily able to offer influences from disparate regions of musical vocabularies. One such figure currently representing this new breed of folk troubadour is Ryley Walker, a young man from Chicago who’s about to release his debut self-titled album via Tompkins Square—a label at the forefront of both re-issues and new, interesting releases. They’ve released early records from William Tyler and Daniel Bachman, as well as re-introducing underrated singers of yesteryear: Calvin Keys and Bill Wilson have found new audiences thanks to the label.