November 19, 2010

7 Walkers: 7 Walkers

7 Walkers
photo: Jay Blakesberg

You can't teach an old dogs new tricks. Stick to what you know, even when it's out of fashion. True quality never goes tout of style, even when the mainstream is flowing in the opposite direction. 7 Walkers, founded by guitarist Papa Mali and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, is a blues band with a heavy dose of NOLA vibe. With George Porter, Jr. and Reed Matthis on bass and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard on harmonica, keys and trombone, they have made a self-titled album that will be riding high on this year's best traditional albums.

They enlisted long time Grateful Dead wordsmith Robert Hunter to take care of the lyrics, making it yet another branch of the extended Dead related musical tree. The band traveled to Papa Mali's hometown Austin, TX, to lay down the tracks on analog tape at The Nest. The natural echo of that studio is a big plus, adding depth to vocals and enhancing the drums. The album is a loose tribute to the spirit of New Orleans. Hunter came up with pretty basic lyrics, with lots of repeats, allowing the music penned by Mali to twist and turn. Willie Nelson guests on vocals and guitar for King Cotton Blues. He holds back, shelving his country twang and falling in step with Mali's Southern blues drawl. The latter is best experienced during New Orleans Crawl and Evangeline.

7 Walkers: 7 Walkers

7 Walkers is released on Response Records.

  1. WYAT Radio / Cane River Waltz
  2. Sue From Bogalusa
  3. King Cotton Blues (featuring Willie Nelson)
  4. (For The Love Of) Mr. Okra
  5. Chingo!
  6. Louisiana Rain (
  7. Someday You'll See (Prelude)
  8. New Orleans Crawl
  9. Evangeline
  10. Hey Bo Diddle
  11. Airline Highway
  12. Someday You'll See
  13. 7 Walkers

Video: 7 Walkers - album preview

Live dates:
  • 12/09 Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
  • 12/10 Narrow Center for the Arts, Falls River, MA
  • 12/11 Higher Ground, So. Burlington, VT
  • 12/12 Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH
  • 12/14 Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME
  • 12/16 Stage One, Fairfield, CT
  • 12/17 Boulton Center for the Arts, Bay Shore, NY
  • 12/18 World Café, Philadelphia, PA
  • 12/19 City Winery, New York, NY
  • 12/28 Tupelo Music Hall, White River Junction, VT
  • 12/29 Pearl Street, Northhampton, MA
  • 12/30 Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY
  • 12/31 The Silo, Reading, PA


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