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LIVE AT LUCKY BARN: William Tyler, ‘Missionary Ridge’

Feb 23, 2016

LIVE AT LUCKY BARN: William Tyler, 'Missionary Ridge'

We've teamed up with the good people at Pickathon to present a season's worth of archival — and incredible — videos from the Pacific Northwest festival's Lucky Barn Series. Tune in every fourth Tuesday of the month to catch a new clip.

The final installment for the Winter season of the Lucky Barn Series comes from guitarist/composer William Tyler. On "Missionary Ridge," Tyler lays an easy, finger-picked foundation that lulls the listeners right along. But, then, around four-and-a-half minutes in, the proverbial boots come out and he kicks up a storm before settling the dust back down to close out the tune.

"I started playing, when I was very young, with a band called Lambchop," Tyler says, giving some background on his career. "That just shifted my whole attitude about music … It was like bootcamp in a cerebral indie rock band." Eventually, though, he taught himself how to compose for solo guitar and set out on his own as an instrumentalist, harkening back to his love of lyric-less classical music. "Also, I don't write good words," he notes.

Pickathon comes back to the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, from August 5-7, 2016. Click here for more, and stay tuned for an exciting season of Lucky Barn videos.

Photo credit: Miri Stebivka

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LIVE AT LUCKY BARN: William Tyler, 'Missionary Ridge'
LIVE AT LUCKY BARN: William Tyler, 'Missionary Ridge'