Tompkins Square Releases “Spine River: The Guitar Music Of  Wall Matthews  1967-1981 Vol. 1″ 

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Reviews of Spine River



Rare and unreleased tracks from 1967-1981 by the master guitarist behind 70’s US folk collective Entourage. “Spine River” moves from rough acoustic picking to Robbie Basho-style open C ragas, and bright melodic suites that suggest Ralph Towner’s ECM jazz, stripped of its trimmings and left out in the woods to weather and age.”


Dusty Groove

“Sublime solo guitar work…Matthews has a great sound here – a solo acoustic mode that’s filled with experimental elements, but also very down to earth – part of the 60’s legacy of Robbie Basho and John Fahey, but also graced with a chromatic sensibility that points the way towards the direction of William Ackerman… a beautiful set of tracks that should get Wall a much larger place in the acoustic underground.” 



“There’s a peculiar through-line in his compositions, even as they take in elements of traditional American melodies and country blues; they can be lush and lyrical, as with the spider-web dance of ‘Roping 2 (Duet Version)’, but also craggy and rough.”