Tyler Ramsey

After steadily writing while both on and off the road over the course of last year, Tyler Ramsey headed to Nashville, TN, to record his third album The Valley Wind at Alex The Great studio in early January. Friend and bandmate Bill Reynolds (who’s worked with The Avett Brothers and Lissie) produced and aided on bass, while friend Seth Kauffman (Floating Action) sat in on drums and guitar, also singing background vocals. Over a rare snowy set of six days in the southern city, Ramsey crafted nine, finely spun songs, keeping the focus on performance as they were played, and letting fresh ideas reveal themselves as they would. The sessions were intense; the three musicians separated and insulated from most normal daily goings-on during the recording period. The result: a crystalline yet warm album, filled with Ramsey’s rich, plaintive vocals and expressive, intricate guitar playing.

Ramsey is perhaps most immediately recognizable as the tall, lean guitarist in Band Of Horses, having played with them since 2007, starting before the release of their breakthrough album, Cease To Begin. A well-established and praised guitar player and singer in the burgeoning music scene of Asheville, NC where he calls home, he first learned to play music on piano before moving to the guitar. Ramsey grew up listening to and studying country-blues guitar players like Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi John Hurt, and American finger pickers like John Fahey and Leo Kottke, absorbing their sound and making it all his own.

Ramsey released his self-titled debut in 2004 and followed it in 2008 with A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea (Echo Mountain Records), which was praised by NPR (World Café – “Heartwarming, delicate, and comforting”), Stereogum (‘Artist To Watch’), WNYC’s Soundcheck, and Popmatters, among others. That album – a collection of haunting and atmospheric songs that exude a markedly fluid, easy grace – was re-released by Brown Records/Fat Possum in January 2011.

Floating Action

"Floating Action is the sound of the space between worlds...it is still sunny out but you can also see the moon. " - Jim James, My Morning Jacket
Floating Action is Seth Kauffman, a red bearded Blue Ridge mountain-biking brother who has made five records on which he writes, records and plays all the instruments himself. The music of Floating Action reflects the relativity and natural laws gleaned from immersion in Kauffman's abundant outdoor activities, as well as a high standard for originality and overall quality. Seth is a pro-level mountain biker and snowboarder who longboards, hikes and spends way too much time on trails in the mountains. Jim James became such a fan of Seth's previous record Desert Etiquette - an album he calls "a relatively unknown masterwork of our times" -- that he decided to release 2012's slow-burn ripper Fake Blood on his own imprint, Removador Recordings & Solutions, in conjunction with Harvest Recordings of Asheville.

The live incarnation of Floating Action is a rambunctious affair featuring some of Asheville's finest players: Evan Martin (drum kit 1), Josh Carpenter (drum kit 2), Brian Landrum (guitar/keys) & Mark Capon (bass). Members of this crew have spent much of the past decade on stage with acts such as Generationals, Shannon Whitworth, Rodriguez, Dr. Dog, Tyler Ramsey & many more.

Floating Action has previously toured with Band of Horses, Dr. Dog, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Delta Spirit as well as a select date this past December supporting My Morning Jacket.

Here's a video from their opening stint with My Morning Jacket, live from the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY:


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