Skyway Man
Skyway Man

Skyway Man

About Skyway Man

Skyway Man is the brainchild of singer, songwriter, and producer James Wallace, who also leads the Nashville-based folk-rock ensemble James Wallace & the Naked Light. Employing an idiosyncratic blend of cosmic country, dusty boogie rock, gospel-folk, and blues, Wallace's first outing under the Skyway Man moniker, Seen Comin' from a Mighty Eye, arrived in 2017, followed in 2020 by the heady psych-folk opera World Only Ends When You Die.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Wallace moved to Nashville in 2008 and formed the Naked Light. Bringing with him the indelible sound and D.I.Y. aesthetic of Richmond's Spacebomb studio scene -- which also launched the careers of Natalie Prass and Matthew E. White -- the Naked Light soon became a fixture of the Nashville underground. The group released their debut album, I Smile All Day, I Smile All Night in 2009, with More Strange News from Another Star arriving in 2013.
Four years later, Wallace began operating under the moniker Skyway Man, retaining the Naked Light's core folk-rock sound and adding elements of cosmic country, blues, and gospel to the proceedings. Recorded in Matthew E. White's attic with Spacebomb house bassist Cameron Ralston and house drummer Pinson Chanselle, 2017's Seen Comin' from a Mighty Eye went all-in on Wallace's metaphysical obsessions, from trickster mythology to the connection between UFOlogy and religion. 2020's World Only Ends When You Die took a similar approach, with Wallace's self-coined amalgam of "cosmological country and sci-fi gospel-blues" blossoming into a cinematic psych opera that followed a classic hero's journey after a near death experience. ~ James Christopher Monger

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