If you have not heard Ryley Walker‘s second great album of 2018, The Lillywhite Sessions, you should put your prejudices behind you and do it. Yes, it is an entire covers record of the Dave Matthews Band fan favorite bootleg of the same name. But it is also an extremely unique and accomplished rock record in its own right, and sounds like a natural extension of the moody, beautifully textured arrangements on Walker’s full-length of original songs from May, Deafman Glance. Now, Dave Matthews himself has publicly acknowledged and voiced his support for Walker’s take on Lillywhite, and he seems to share the conviction that the sound of the record is much more distinctly Ryley’s than Dave’s.
In a complimentary note posted to Facebook, Matthews wrote: “The first time I heard Ryley’s cover of the Lilywhite Sessions, I was in a record store. I didn’t recognize it…It’s all its own. A beautiful new collection. A tipped hat, maybe. It stands alone. If you didn’t know what inspired it, it wouldn’t matter.” He continued: “It’s all Ryley Walker and it’s badass. Now I have everything he’s released.”