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02-27-19 | Songs for Listening | William Tyler

02-27-19 | Songs for Listening | William Tyler

The guitarist and composer William Tyler selected the song list for Wednesday, February 27 at Songs for Listening. William was brought up in Nashville, his father is a lawyer & songwriter (Eddy Arnold, LeAnn Rimes, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), with his sister, Elise, he owned and ran the East Nashville bar/club Stone Fox for five years. William spent his early career touring and recording with Nashville-based groups Lambchop and Silver Jews. In recent years, Williams has released four records under his own steam, the most recent of which, Goes West, came out in late-January on Merge Records.

Here a bit of language borrowed from M.C. Taylor’s (Hiss Golden Messenger) liner notes for Goes West:
"William is interested in the human capacity for understanding ourselves ... he is one of the most profound autodidacts I know, and he seems to be chasing knowledge in support of something he feels sure exists in all of us. The notes beneath the notes."

William is surely a 'profound autodictat', but add to that an artist in the service of experience and community — meaning: the ways in which something beautiful gets manifested and the binding power it has when it’s embraced by a group of enthusiasts.

‘Naima' by John Coltrane from 'Giant Steps'
’The Lonely Time' by the Jimmy Giuffe Trio + Jim Hall from 'Travelin' Light'
'White Flag' by Julianna Barwick from 'The Magic Place'
'Claire de lune (For 12-String) by Robbie Basho from 'Live in Forli, Italy 1982'

02-28-19 | Songs for Listening | Cicely Mitchell

02-28-19 | Songs for Listening | Cicely Mitchell

02-26-19 | Songs for Listening | Fred Moten

02-26-19 | Songs for Listening | Fred Moten