WILY BO WALKER INTERVIEW
When did you first start singing?
I first started singing for the church sunday school when I was about 5 years old and I vividly remember singing in a concert on stage in the Church Hall in Glasgow. It was my first 'live' appearance in front of about a hundred people (mums and dads I guess). Songs I sang were 'King of the Road' and 'Sixteen Tons' (albeit in my boy soprano voice!). I still perform 'Sixteen Tons' in my shows from time to time - it was one of my Mum's favourite songs so I always consider that I perform it in her memory.
What did your family do to encourage you?
I think by encouraging me NOT to follow a path in creative music, reverse psychology took over and here I am!!! :-)
Both my parents were great piano players but didn't work in the business professionally and there was always a lot of music in the house, my sister especially was keen on music and if anything I followed her love of popular music.
Who are your musical inspirations?
My sister was a huge Beatles fan so as a kid I was always listening to them but late sixties I heard Cream and that turned me on to a blues driven path. Jack Bruce of course came from my hometown of Glasgow (we even share the same birthday) so I felt drawn to pick up the bass to emulate him! After that I just started listening to everything and drawing inspiration from it all. I love some of the great Scottish vocalists and artists like Jimmy Dewar, Big George, Tam White, Alex Harvey, Frankie Miller, Maggie Bell through to bands like Mike Scott & The Waterboys etc etc
What kind of music do you listen to today?
Anything and everything. There is so much music around today and so much really great and creative music happening. I don't like mainstream radio much but when you dig around away from the corporate stuff you find real music by real musicians and artists!
Latest vinyl I bought was the new Warren Haynes album 'Ashes and Dust' - fabulous!!!
What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
Nothing really. I love all sorts of music and for one reason or another the songs I have will be a memory of some sort for me.
I guess perhaps some of my notebook demos of my tracks may be embarrassing, some un-formed ideas I may have been toying with. I tend to record my songs roughly and then listen to them back when I am out walking my dog, Rooby Doo, to see if the ideas work or not before I take it to the studio, or keep as ideas for future work.
Even silly songs I made up for my kids! I still do that and make up silly songs for them and they are young men now - so I guess that THEY will find that embarrassing!!
Where would you most like to perform?
I haven't yet played in the States so I guess Austin, Texas, or New Orleans would be fun.
Who would you most like to open for?
Ah now that list could be endless! From Van Morrison through Bob Seger, Robbie Robertson, Bob Schneider, and if carrying on the fantasy through some of my dead heroes - Warren Zevon!!! It's a never-ending list! :-)
Also have to include 'The Heavy' in that never-ending list. Their gig at Koko in Camden a couple of years ago was possibly one of the best gigs I have ever been to!
If you weren't singing, what would you be doing
Producing! I love recording and production so that's definitely the path I would be taking! I feel it's like painting pictures with sound and I get a real kick out of it.
What genre of music can't you stand to listen to?
Corporate mainstream radio really - I will turn that off in the car, it's just so bland, unimaginative, lacking in dynamics and soul-less.
What hidden talents do you have?
Diplomacy (except when it comes to corporate mainstream radio, evidently!) :-)
Best track you've ever written and why?
Difficult one as they all have meaning for me but I guess overall 'Long Way to Heaven' must rank up there. It's totally autobiographical and based on a time I lived in Marseille, France. It is currently a Finalist in the 2015 British Blues Awards in the 'Blues Song' category so it seems to be quite popular too!! :-)
Which question i did forget to ask?
Where can your audience vote for 'Long Way to Heaven' in the 2015 British Blues Awards?
I would really appreciate it if everyone could Vote for the track. Many thanks in advance for that!
Music, Peace and Love, Wily Bo
Willy Bo Walker - Moon Over Indigo
Dit is de derde release uit zijn trilogie van albums in 2015.
Willy Bo Walker bewijst eens te meer wat een begenadigd artiest hij is. Na eerst ' Stone Cold Beautiful ' en ' A Long Way From Heaven ' te hebben uitgebracht is er nu het derde en afsluitende album uit de trilogie ' Moon Over Indigo '.
Wat een geweldig sluitstuk is dit geworden. Het is niet voor niets dat Willy Bo Walker weer genomineerd is voor een ' British Blues Award ' . Wederom druipt de kwaliteit en de diversiteit er weer vanaf. De stijl is weer onmiskenbaar eigen en kent invloeden uit de blues, swamp, soul en jazz. Voeg hierbij de geweldige muzikanten die Willy Bo Walker op het album begeleiden en de optelsom is meer dan geslaagd.
Mijn favoriete nummers op het album zijn ' Walking With The Devil' , ' When The Angels Call Your Name' en ' For The Children'. Mijn advies overtuig jezelf en koop deze prachtige trilogie. Willy Bo Walker verdient het.