Identifying Charles Walker’s influences
doesn’t require prolonged exposure or intense examination. The Milwaukee
native grew up with a love of the Blues, Funk, Pop and Motown, as
evidenced by his devotion to Luther Allison, Prince and Stevie Wonder,
and the sound that he’s developed with his latest outfit, appropriately
tagged the Charles Walker Band.
If you’re a Donkeys fan, you know the San
Diego quartet from its decade-plus history, three exemplary albums on
Dead Oceans and 2014 debut with new label Easy Sound Recording Co., Ride the Black Wave.
You know they haven’t had a lineup change since forming in 2004 and
that they’ve been nominated twice (winning once) for Best Rock Band at
the San Diego Music Awards.
Prolific singer/songwriter Mark Utley has released a single album’s worth of songs. And that’s all. Bulletville, Utley’s excellent
sophomore solo album, is not a double-set on a single CD or accompanied
by a new release from his band Magnolia Mountain or another musical
vessel for the songs that pour endlessly from his head, heart and hands.
Ben Miller Band would be a perfect fit for a public goat ropin’.
Along with some more traditional instrumentation, like a drum kit or
acoustic guitar, the Ben Miller Band members will play a harmonica
through a 1960s home phone receiver with its cord still attached. Or
flush a washboard through a wah-wah pedal.
Buffalo Killers' Andy Gabbard gets set to release his debut solo effort, Fluff. Plus, Bad Veins remake their second album as The Mess Remade (releasing next week), Ronnie Verl & the Wallbangers celebrate their new album, Mostly Drinking Songs, and The Tillers' Sean Geil is on schedule to release four albums this month.
Indie Rock power trios are as common as
crime, but the ones that rise to the top of the form defy the
limitations of their numbers by sounding more expansive than the
standard guitar/bass/drums set-up.