Uncle Walt’s Band (from the album Uncle Walt’s Band available on Omnivore Records)
Uncle Walt’s Band found a fan for their music from a then-Texas A&M student, and Lyle Lovett recalled an immediate connection to the band while still in college, remembering ‘Walter Hyatt, David Ball,and Champ Hoodhave been an inspiration to me ever since the first time I heard UncleWalt’s Band. Musically, their finely crafted original compositions reflect diverse influences, while lyrically they demonstrate a sensitive, sophisticated understanding of the dignified South’. The band had a few stumbles when releasing their debut album in 1972, exchanging the original Blame It on the Bossa Nova album title for the self-titled Uncle Walt’s Band. Omnivore Records offers an updated re-issue that collects live tracks and demos to give a listen to the full worth of Uncle Walt’s Band.
Musically,Uncle Walt’s Bandswitches between hints of Jazz, Folk, Ragtime, and Cabaret, all held in place with life-altering three-part harmony. Borrowing some Harlem cool from The Delta Rhythm Boys, Uncle Walt’s Band put a shuffle under “Gimme Some Skin” as they head for the hills with the mountain murder ballad “Little Sadie”, slowly the pace to sway on album opener “Ruby”, and color “Four ‘Til Late” with the Blues. Uncle Walt’s Band hung their trio shoes up in 1983, going into successful individual careers. The tracks collected for the re-issued memory capture what the band, and lifelong fans, heard and have talked about for several decades, the sound of a buzz band on fire playing as Uncle Walt’s Bandcuts through the decades.
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