SOUNDTRACK BY: KURT SMITH plays Harry Smith’s ‘Anthology Of American Folk Music’
BROEDER DIELEMAN (nl)
His name is instantly intriguing. Just as his Zeelandic Flemish dialect. With his banjo, he turns out to be the South Netherlandic equivalent of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. So it's no accident then that he just released a split 7” with his hero. What's more: Will Oldham has even covered a song by Broeder Dieleman and vice versa. VPRO on that: ‘Surrealistisch. Waanzinnig mooi.’ More fine words? Vrij Nederland about his album ‘Alles Is Ijdelheid’: ‘Eén van de opmerkelijkste platen die er de afgelopen jaren in Nederland zijn gemaakt.’ Cherish him, that Dieleman! He'll do the same for you.
DANIEL KNOX (us)
‘An achingly lovely exercise in vintage, chrome-plated, wood-paneled Americana.’
(Uncut - 8/10)
David Lynch and Jarvis Cocker are already fans. Just as we at AB who were overwhelmed earlier this year by his enchanting concert in Huis 23. It is his baritone vocals that are especially impressive. This composer/songwriter from Chicago has already released 3 albums now and he trips over the superlatives wherever he goes. ‘A sublime album’ headlined Time Out and described him vocally as ‘A weird balance of Scott Walker and Harry Nilsson.’ May we also add Bill Callahan to that list? One thing is for sure: it would be a mistake to miss Daniel Knox.
RYLEY WALKER (us)
‘Primrose Green’ is een pleidooi voor echtheid en zuiverheid. Een uit hart en nieren geknepen folkalbum van een rasmuzikant. Uniek in deze tijd.’
In a very short time, Chicago resident and folk artist Ryley Walker impressed everyone with his phenomenal fingerpicking technique – as could be heard on debut ‘All Kinds Of You’ (Tompkins Square) and the album ‘Primrose Green’ that was released earlier this year. Nick Drake, Van Morrison (think: ‘Astral Weeks’), Bert Jansch and John Fahey are never far away. Walker knows perfectly how to surround himself with veterans of the Chicago jazz scene and ’15 will be the year he totally lives up to his status as promising contemporary folk artist. What's more: he sticks out head and shoulders above the rest.