Planet Solitaire: a recording of ambitious solo performances that shoots straight from the hip and draws inspiration from a rich world of influences, from Mali to Spain and Oklahoma. Released in the UK to glowing reviews and airplay across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – look for the upcoming US release. Walter’s creative guitar journeys are right out front on this one.
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Walter’s first disc weaves an imaginative range of styles and themes into one soulful and colorful whole. Richly rendered songs where African-leaning rhythms live next to laments from deep in Americana. A funky guitar-kora-cello ensemble jams with abandon and leads to a pastoral, almost baroque guitar instrumental. And an imaginative human shadow growls and grooves in an edgy Latin flavored tune. Rootsy and expressive, Pulling Shadows features a diverse cast of musicians and highlights Walter’s creative approach to arrangement and studio production.
Featuring Walter, multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven, and Malian kamale ngoni (West African hunters harp) player Mamadou Sidibe. The debut “Afromericana” EP from this cross-cultural trio of veteran touring musicians mixes and overlays West African music, old time American tunes, and spirited originals – with hoppin’ grooves, tons of musical dialogue and tasty improvisational shenanigans. An upbeat blend of kamale ngoni, guitar, percussion, fiddle, mandolin and singing in two languages.
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