Published Dec 19, 2018Dave Matthews Band is undergoing a critical reappraisal these days, and this surge in acclaim has included Ryley Walker's excellent tribute album The Lillywhite Sessions. Since we spoke with Walker about the album, he has not only met DMB, he has now officially gotten the seal approval from Dave Matthews himself.
In a Facebook post today, Matthews offered this quote about Walker's version of The Lillywhite Sessions:
The first time I heard Ryley's cover of the Lilywhite Sessions, I was in a record store. I didn't recognize it. Then I heard the words… It's much more than a cover record. 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. It's all Ryley Walker and it's badass. Now I have everything he's released.
When we interviewed Walker last month, he said he had his "fingers crossed" that Matthews would hear the album. Earlier this month, Walker revealed that he has since met Dave Matthews. He told Pitchfork at the time, "I consider them my deepest homies!!!"
Read our review of The Lillywhite Sessions here.