For the last decade, the widescreen guitar epics of William Tyler have told wordless stories concerning forgotten histories, American myths, backroads, and mystic visions. His latest, the soundtrack to Kelly Reichardt quiet western First Cow, brings to mind Ry Cooder’s Paris, Texas score, or Bruce Langhorne’s The Hired Hand. It’s sparse but engaging, unobtrusive but profoundly evocative.
Recently, Tyler traveled from Los Angeles to Nashville, adjusting to life in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. He joined Transmissions hosts Justin Gage and Jason P. Woodbury to discuss the journey, the impact social distancing has on musicians’ livelihoods, and the art he’s been spending time with while hunkered down.
Episode playlist: Bruce Langhorne—Spring ++ William Tyler—Cadillac Desert ++ William Tyler—Whole New Dude
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