QUOTES (See COMPLETE articles below)

‘Esker is MacKay’s first outing for Drag City ….Guitars, glass slide, percussion and piano produce a set of tunes that mesmerise like a movie score….Bill MacKay relentlessly makes vivid music to fire the senses.’
Gareth Thompson | Rock n Reel

“Aster,” the opener of Bill Mackay’s album, is all that this album is in 1 minute and 31 seconds. It is mystery, it is tradition, it is magic….the expression and voice which Mackay brings are unrivaled.’
Kwame Anderson | Free Press Houston

‘there is a warm and engaging hook in every [song],….a shadowy enigma within Esker that verges on the blissful…..’
Barnaby Smith | The Quietus

‘Esker is the newest solo effort from MacKay, a rich and easygoing reminder that the American guitar tradition is a vast and detailed one.’
Lars Gotrich | NPR (National Public Radio)

‘….this music comes directly from internal imagery and archetypes; it will never fully reveal itself to the listener. That’s just as it should be….Esker is a compelling glimpse of MacKay as a sound painter and spirit explorer’.
Thom Jurek | All Music

‘…. a lovely new track called “Aster”…The song itself almost entirely comprises a melodic dance between swooning slide guitar and twinkling piano cascades, generating more beauty in about 90 seconds than most songs manage in twice that time. It’s a gorgeous introduction to the album….’
Chris Deville | Stereogum [on MacKay’s debut on Drag City]

‘…. irreducible complexity and splendour. This is a record of singular power and beauty.’
Oliver Arditi [on Darts & Arrows’ Altamira]

Land of Plenty showcases two musicians at the top of their game…tasteful, fluid and inspired.’
Duncan Fletcher | Shindig

‘…this guitar masterclass from MOJO rising star Walker and Pittsburgh songwriter MacKay meanders through fuzzy coptic blues, waltzes and spellbinding psych haze.’
Andrew Male | MOJO

‘There’s a restless spirit which suffuses Altamira…. Guitarist Bill MacKay creates strikingly textured auditory narratives…those who slant toward rock with improvisational inclinations— that unique area where jazz and modern rock come together to craft a genre-less amalgam—will find much to enjoy.’
Doug Simpson | Audiophile Audition

‘Through it all, Darts & Arrows is an enchanting group that casts a magnetic spell…MacKay’s compositions proffer appealing hooks and passages that translucently bridge various musical genres…’
Glenn Astarita | All About Jazz

‘On Altamira Darts & Arrows have a unique sound, it’s something like Frank Zappa playing with Fairport Convention. It is prog with a post punk edge…it always sounds fresh and original.’
Reuben Klein | The Ear

‘…the pair trade lines like old friends deep in conversation… A perfect jazz-folk chaser to Walker’s more singer-songwriter styled Primrose Green LP from earlier this year.’
Tyler Wilcox | Aquarium Drunkard

‘MacKay and Walker have created a seamless instrumental masterpiece…’
Sarah Brooks | Gaper’s Block

‘Land of Plenty – a fantastic new recording culled from the duo’s series…. potent traces of Indian classical ragas, American primitive fingerpicking, old-timey mountain music, and traditional British folk course through the pair’s tightly integrated playing, bits of improvisation showing their almost preternatural interaction and subtle give-and-take….’
Peter Margasak | Chicago Reader

‘Bill MacKay experiments with folk and rock mediums as much as jazz, and the ability to cross-pollinate between those genres shines through pretty strong on the strangely alluring Chatham Park….At times, it’s positively magnetic’.
Dave Sumner | Bird is the Worm



Bill MacKay – Esker
Thom Jurek – AllMusic (album review)

Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker’s ‘I Heard Them Singing’
All Fresh Sounds (song preview)

Ryley Walker and Bill MacKay’s ‘I Heard Them Singing’
Sam Sodomsky – Pitchfork (song preview)

On Drag City debut, veteran Chicago guitarist Bill MacKay shows his full range
Peter Margasak – Chicago Reader (album review/show preview)

Reviewed: Some More of 2017’s Hidden Gems
John Mulvey – Uncut (album review)

Bill MacKay – Esker
Barnaby Smith – The Quietus (album review)

Bill MacKay’s Solo Guitar Fades Quickly, Beautifully on “Twilight”
Lars Gotrich – National Public Radio (NPR) All Songs Considered (song/album preview)

Bill MacKay talks vintage guitars, inspiration and his new album
Martin Leitch – Gigsoup (interview)

Bill MacKay – Esker
Martin Leitch – Gigsoup (album review)

Bill MacKay – Esker
Tyler Wilcox – Aquarium Drunkard (album review)

Bill MacKay – Esker
Jamie Atkins – Record Collector (album review)

Bill MacKay – Esker
Kwame Anderson – Free Press Houston (album review)

Bill MacKay – Esker
J. Moss – The Modern Folk Music of America (album review)

Bill MacKay – Esker
Laurent Berger – Rock, the Best Music (album review)

Bill MacKay – “Aster”
Chris DeVille – Stereogum (song/video/album preview)


Darts & Arrows – Altamira
Tyler Wilcox – Doom and Gloom from the Tomb (album review)

Flux Bikes/Sueñolas | Flux Bikes/Sueñolas 
Peter Margasak – Chicago Reader (album review/show preview)

Darts & Arrows – Altamira
Oliver Arditi (album review)

Flux Bikes/Sueñolas | Flux Bikes/Sueñolas                                                                     
Bort – Tiny Mix Tapes (album review)


Stuff You Might Have Missed
Mike Shanley – Shanley On Music (Altamira)

Top 10 End-of-Year-List (Eindejaarslijstje Quinten Lengeler)
Quinten Lengeler – Gonzo Circus  (Land of Plenty)

The Best Discs of 2015 (Los Mejores Discos de 2015)
Laurent Berger – Rock: The Best Music (Land of Plenty)

Darts & Arrows – Altamira
Laurent Berger – Rock: The Best Music (album review)

Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker – Land of Plenty
Oriol S. – Dancing with the Clown (album review)

The Best of 2015:  A Playlist
John Mulvey – Uncut (Land of Plenty)

Land of Plenty in MOJO December 2015

Andrew Male in MOJO

Bill MacKay’s Darts & Arrows – Altamira
Paul Acquaro – Free Jazz Blog (album review)

The Best Albums of 2015 
John Mulvey – Uncut (Land of Plenty and Altamira)

Best of the Rest (30+ songs from a faded summer 2015)
Josh Keller – Reviler (Land of Plenty)

Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker – Land of Plenty
Aaron Neddy Stein – JamBase (album review)

Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker – Land of Plenty
John Mulvey – Uncut (album review)

Land of Plenty - Review - Shindig Magazine - by Duncan Fletcher - October 2015

Duncan Fletcher in Shindig!

Darts and Arrows – Altamira
Doug Simpson – Audiophile Audition (album review)

Darts & Arrows – Altamira
Glenn Astarita – All About Jazz (album review)


Jason Kennedy in Hi-Fi | The Ear

Darts & Arrows – Altamira
Reuben Klein – The Ear (album review)

Bill MacKay releases Evergreen from album Altamira
Phil Freeman – Burning Ambulance (song/video review)

Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker – Land of Plenty
Marcus Fruit – Dying For Bad Music (album review)

Dynamic Duos :: James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg / Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker
Tyler Wilcox – Aquarium Drunkard (Land of Plenty album review)

Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker – Land of Plenty
J Moss – The Modern Folk Music Of America (album review)

A Conversation with Ryley Walker & Bill MacKay
Jordan Reyes – Delayed Gratification (interview)

Mezmerizing Melodies on Land of Plenty
Sarah Brooks – Gapers Block (Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker: Land of Plenty album review)

Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker
Peter Margasak – Chicago Reader (Land of Plenty album/show preview)

Ryley Walker & Bill MacKay join forces for the advancement of instrumental guitar music
Marty Slattery – Tiny Mix Tapes (Land of Plenty album preview)

Bill MacKay & Matt Lux | December Concert
Paul Acquaro – Free Jazz Blog.Org (album review)

Bill MacKay | Chatham Park
Dave Sumner – Bird is the Worm (album review)


MacKay & Lux | December Concert
Gregory Applegate – Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog (album review)

MacKay. Lux. Boye.
Joe Darling – Uncanned Music | Over/Out Series (concert preview)

MacKay. Kleijn. Johnson. Rumback. | Hungry Brain
Stone Hansard – | Best Concerts Pick (concert review)


Son of Fire String Ensemble
Joe Darling – Uncanned Music | Over/Out Series (concert preview)

Bill MacKay and Matt Lux
Experimental Sound Studios | Oscillations Series (concert preview)

Darts & Arrows | Eyes of the Carnival
Gregory Applegate – Gapplegate Guitar & Bass Blog (album review)

Dmitry Samarov’s The Blue Light and Other Things that Happened
J.R. Nelson & Leor Galil – Chicago Reader/Gossip Wolf (album preview)

Bill MacKay and LeRoy Bach
Scottie McNiece – (Concert series review)


Top Albums of 2012
Joe Grez – Joup (album review)

Chicago Music: A Word with songwriter/guitarist Bill MacKay: Joup Interviews
Joe Grez – Joup (interview)

Darts & Arrows | Eyes of the Carnival                
David Bernabo – Host Skull (album review)

Darts & Arrows | Bar DeVille
Scotty McNiece – Uncanned Music (concert preview)

Darts & Arrows | Eyes of the Carnival
Peter Margasak – Downbeat (album review)

Darts & Arrows | Preview of Concert Airing on WNUR 89.3 FM
Kimberly Seibel – Killin’ the Vibe (radio broadcast preview)

Marc Piane’s Walk East | Walk East
Paul Abella – Chicago Jazz Magazine (album review)


Guitarist Bill MacKay Finds His Sweet Spot
Peter Margasak – Chicago Reader (album/concert preview)

Darts & Arrows | Bill MacKay and Darts & Arrows 
David Bernabo – Host Skull (album review)

A New Leaf: MacKay explores with the Requinto
Ashley Mouldon – New City (concert preview)


Broken Things | Swim to the River
Mark F. Turner – All About Jazz (album review)


Bill MacKay & Sounds of Now
Mark F. Turner – All About Jazz (album review)