William Tyler with Art Rosenbaum at 399 Meigs Street

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We are happy to let you know that William Tyler will travel to Athens, Georgia, on November 18th for an intimate performance at the newly christened 399 Meigs Street space.

William has performed as a multi-instrumentalist with acts and artists such as Lambchop, Silver Jews, Courtney Tidwell, Charlie Louvin and Candi Staton. His 2011 debut solo album, Behold The Spirit, was described by Pitchfork as “arguably the most vital, energized album by an American solo guitarist in a decade or more.” William is an otherworldly talent and we insist that you come to see him on November 18th!

In case you needed another reason to get off the couch on a Sunday night, we are excited to announce that local luminary Art Rosenbaum will also offer his interpretation of traditional music. We think Art will serve as the perfect local foil to William and his instrumental stylings.

This will certainly be a great night of music in Athens. Purchase your tickets now while they are still available!

See you at 399 Meigs Street!


Athens Provisions

Oh, and feel free to BYOB!


William Tyler is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, a town where guitarists are as common as television sets or pigeons. At an early age, he began playing and recording with artists that resided at the fringes of the country and folk vernacular, such as the Silver Jews, Lambchop, and Cortney Tidwell. He also found himself doing session work with artists as diverse as country legend Charlie Louvin and soul singer Candi Staton. All the while, Tyler was at home working on fragmentary guitar pieces and tape collages under the moniker the Paper Hats, calling on the spirit of Sandy Bull and the early Siltbreeze catalog. In 2008, his longtime friend and sometime collaborator Volker Zander released a Paper Hats LP “Deseret Canyon” on his Apparent Extent imprint, and the two toured in Europe.

In 2010 Tyler released his first album under his own name, “Behold the Spirit” (Tompkins Square), a collection of acoustic and electric guitar works intertwined with open form audio landscapes and delicately arranged instrumentation. Equal parts Appalachian drone and ambient noise, “Behold the Spirit” is a series of homages to ancient melodies, dead languages, and ghosts. Live, Tyler has collaborated or shared bills with Yo La Tengo, Megafaun, Michael Chapman, Hiss Golden Messenger, Steve Gunn, Rhys Chatham, Cian Nugent, Wooden Wand, and many others.


Art Rosenbaum, born in 1938 in Ogdensberg, NY, is a painter, muralist, and illustrator, as well as a collector and performer of traditional American folk music. He earned his MFA in Painting at Columbia University and has worked in France on a Fulbright in Painting; he also has a Fulbright Senior Professorship in Germany. Among his exhibitions was the Corcoran's 41st Biennial of American Painting, and his works are in many collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Columbus (GA) Museum.

He has executed mural commissions at the UCLA School of Law and the Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia. His solo show in 2000 at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York was reviewed in Art in America.

His folk music field work in the South and Midwest has resulted in over 14 documentary recordings, several of which are on Smithsonian-Folkways; he wrote and illustrated two books, Folk Visions and Voices: Traditional Music and Song in North Georgia (1983), and Shout Because You're Free: The African American Ring Shout Tradition on the Coast of Georgia (1998), both published by the University of Georgia Press.

A performer on a variety of folk instruments, he has appeared at numerous folk festivals both solo and with groups like the present-day Skillet Lickers, has cut three banjo/vocal LPs and CD's, and has written and illustrated two instruction books on traditional banjo styles.
He is Wheatley Professor in Fine Arts at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia and in 2003 was a recipient of a Governor of Georgia's Award in the Humanities.

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