Gabrielle Louise with Ryan Dilts
Occasionally Gabrielle appears in acoustic duo formation with Ryan Dilts. Together they are inspired by duos like Welch/Rawlings, The Milk Carton Kids, or Cahalen Morrison and Eli West.
Gabrielle Louise and Ryan Dilts are a pairing of sensitivity and force, performing songs that combine americana, folk and bluegrass traditions. Gabrielle’s emotive vocal delivery and songwriting is elevated by the nuance and precision of Ryan’s guitar work. It seems to dance in pattern with her, weaving a hypnotic spell that transports the listener and suspends the sensation of time.
Gabrielle and Ryan create a full landscape of sound using only their two guitars and voices, employing deep listening to create dynamic arch in their arrangements. Duo acts like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings or the Milk Carton Kids have served as templates for how to merge their skill sets and strengths.
Gabrielle joins Ryan in this project on the heels of a long career as a recording artist, songwriter, and touring musician. Known for her authenticity and candor on stage, Gabrielle is notably more soul than sparkle. Her performances are present and sincere, a professional presentation of her private creative world.
Grown from the bluegrass tradition, Ryan's flatpicking has a crystalline quality that converses with Gabrielle's voice eloquently. While their material harnesses the authenticity of folk music, it is arranged with a sophistication that aims to honor both of their personal heroes: Tony Rice and Joni Mitchell, respectively.