Tyler Ramsey, the former Band of Horses co-songwriter and lead guitarist, announced the release of his first major offering since leaving BoH, For the Morning. The new album was written and produced by Ramsey, inspired by his time spent in the mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina where he lives, amongst a verdant pastoral landscape; sonically, it intertwines country, rock, and folk. Guest musicians who make appearances on the album include Joan Shelley, Thad Cockrell, and Molly Parden to sing harmonies, plus pedal steel player Russ Paul, Nathan Salsburg, and Gareth Liddiard from Tropical Fuck Storm on guitar.
“White Coat” is rife with pretty guitarpicking, the steady thump of a drum like a heartbeat, and Ramsey’s languorous vocals. You can practically see him strolling through the woods with his dog or sitting with his wife on the porch watching the sunset (“You went out across the river to lay down in the sunlight where it filters through the pines”).
“It’s a kind of love song that pulls a lot of visual images from the places I spend my time hiking in Western North Carolina,” Ramsey said of the track. “It’s also a nod to some of the music on my album A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea. I had some amazing help with the violin ideas by Scott Moore from Louisville, KY. The middle section was a banjo song I wrote for my daughter that I snuck into the song. I love writing songs that have long compositions and instrumental sections, and ‘White Coat’ developed into one of those songs.”
Listen to the track below.
Ramsey’s 2019 tour began last month in Kentucky and continued this month at SXSW. See the list below for upcoming dates, and pre-order the album here. For the Morning will be released on April 5 via Fantasy Records.
Tyler Ramsey On Tour:
3.21 @ Hendershots Coffee in Athens, GA
3.22 @ New Brookland Tavern in Columbia, SC
3.23 @ WOOFstock in Charleston, SC
4.10 @ FM Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA
4.11 @ U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC
4.12 @ Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC
4.13 @ The Earl in Atlanta, GA^
4.14 @ Saturn in Birmingham, AL
4.18 @ The Basement in Nashville, TN
4.20 @ Lo Fi Lounge in Indianapolis, IN
4.24 @ Club Café in Pittsburgh, PA
4.26 @ Iron Horse in Northampton, MA
4.27 @ Higher Ground Showcase Room in Burlington, VT
4.28 @ The Word Barn in Exeter, NH
4.29 @ Great Scott in Boston, MA
5.1 @ Mercury Lounge in New York, NY
5.2 @ World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA
5.3 @ The Southern in Charlottesville, VA
5.4 @ The Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC
5.11 @ Masonic Temple in Asheville, NC
5.20 @ St. Pancras Old Church in London, UK
5.22 @ 1999 in Paris, FR
5.23 @ AB Salon in Brussels, BE
5.25 @ Q Factory in Amsterdam, NL
5.26 @ Silent Green in Berlin, DE
6.15 @ Mountain Jam in Bethel, NY