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Band of Horses fans already know guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Ramsey, but since 2005 (before joining BOH) he’s been releasing acoustic solo albums full of stripped-down, openhearted songs. In the same way artists like Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) and The Tallest Man in the World infuse the singer/songwriter tradition with unique viewpoints, Ramsey makes the format feel fresh and evolving. He’s a fingerpicking wizard with a knack for crafting intensely effective melodies. “The Nightbird” was the first song written for The Valley Wind, and it sets the collection’s tone; it’s spare and haunting, yet brawny and bold enough to leave an impression on first listen. The title track is a lovely, lilting tune; Ramsey veers calmly into Neil Young territory with cascading melodies and scrappy quasi-falsetto. On the ethereal “All Night” and “1000 Blackbirds,” Ramsey goes for churchly harmonies HYPERLINK ""à la Fleet Foxes. Among the delights here is a fragile cover of the Cyndi Lauper hit “All Through the Night,” giving the song an entirely new face.

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Breath taking

If you have not downloaded the album yet, I highly recommend it. This cd gives me hope and makes me in the beat mood. I love every song. Download it now if your in the mood to feel good! ;)

sooo good

I didnt know that he did anything outside of Band of Horses (which I love) but I saw this was new on itunes and decided to listen and it's amazing! I got it the day it was released and I've listened to it non-stop. I'm actually listening to it as I speak. It's so good, I just wish he and BoH toured in New England more :(


This record is a gem. Sublime yet simple. Bittersweet melodies paired with stark yet flowering guitar. Ramsey's lyrics shine like stars above a dark landscape. His vocals call out like the title valley wind. The whole is pure as a lone porch light burning in the vast night, calling you home.


Born: Asheville, NC

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

He may be a multi-instrumentalist equally comfortable on guitar, piano, bass, percussion, and vocals, but Tyler Ramsey is best known for his career as a singer/songwriter. The Asheville, N.C., native began refining his sound while living in the western, mountainous region of North Carolina, where he studied local styles of folk music and drew inspiration from the country-blues musicians who used to travel through the area. Ramsey's willingness to collaborate with other musicians led to a lucky break...
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The Valley Wind, Tyler Ramsey
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Sep 27, 2011

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