Since moving to Nashville earlier this year, I have been pretty amazed at the talent and creativity that this town exudes. While sometimes I stagger at the lack of knowledge that the general public might have about music, you also see people in restaurants that are talking music. You see bands that support each other to no end. You read the tweets and blogs to find really creative people who really try to care about their art. So, it wasn’t that much of a surprise when I stumbled upon today’s “mixtape” over at the excellent music blog We Own This Town and Jeremy Ferguson of Battle Tapes Recording Studio video session with William Tyler. Bravo, guys!
You might not know William Tyler the solo musician (yet), but you probably know some of the projects he’s been a part of including Lambchop, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Silver Jews, and Wooden Wand. In 2010, he released a solo record, Behold The Spirit, led by Tyler’s impeccable instrumental guitar work which weaves so many different styles of music into one seamless and beautiful piece of music. I could try to explain it to you, but I would rather just let you hear the video session from We Own This Town below. And then tell you to go to a record store and pick up a copy of Behold The Spirit.
I am not sure you could receive a higher compliment than Pitchfork’s comment in their review of his 2010 release, Behold The Spirit, (they scored the album 8.6) when they said….
Arguably the most vital, energized album by an American solo guitarist in a decade or more, it accepts [John] Fahey’s legacy while escaping its shadow. Moreover, it’s simply a joy to hear.