Monday, 8 July 2013
Featured Artist: Wily Bo Walker
A successful songwriter, composer and musician noted for his characterful vocals and swaggering 'live' performances, Wily Bo works across many styles and genres; blues, soul, jazz, alternative, indie, rock and adult contemporary.
Currently working on a solo album, 'Moon Over Indigo', with Grammy Award winning musician and arranger, Danny Flam. Latest release from that album is 'Walk In Chinese Footsteps'- a track featuring Patty Smyth's band 'Scandal' as well as a host of talented musicians from around the globe!
His EP of Big Band Fusion features the instrumentals ‘Appointment in Samarra’ and ‘Jawbreaker’. Soundtracks for the 21st century with more than a nod back to the big band fusion bands of the early seventies and also the great theme tracks to the cop shows and exploitation movies of that time.
Wily Bo is also working in a duo with vocalist and songwriter, Kareña K, and currently recording an album. With four singles 'Long Way To Heaven', 'Rendez-vous des Cheminots', 'Angels In The Night' and 'Did I Forget' released and available on iTunes, Amazon and all the usual online stores they are receiving high critical acclaim for their creative mix of blues, jazz and gospel.
Wily Bo is the frontman (and performer of legend!!!) with Rattlin Bone, one of the UK's finest festival bands and regularly invited to gig across Europe. The debut album 'The Life and Death Of…' is a constant sell out at gigs. It is also doing well as a download from iTunes and all usual online stores. Currently, Wily Bo Walker is writing and recording the second Rattlin Bone album with Li'l Neill, Kareña K and the other members of the band.
With his backing band, The Mescal Canyon Troubadours, Wily Bo Walker is also currently recording the album 'Stone Cold Beautiful'.
Successfully releasing five singles from the album to critical acclaim ( 'Storm Warning', 'Loan Me A Dime' ,'Motel Blues' , 'I Want To Know' and 'September Red' ),
Wily Bo's vocals and story-telling and Kareña K's beautiful backing vocals combine with The Mescal Canyon Troubadours driving rhythms to create a classic, timeless blend of blues, soul and rock.
On the more traditional jazz side, the Wily Bo Walker Quintet, featuring the legendary Teddy Charles on vibes, recorded a version of the Billie Holiday classic 'You Don't Know What Love Is' to high critical acclaim.
Irritated Shadow is a blinding blues/jazz crossover track with Amir Ben Haim for which Wily Bo wrote the English lyrics and provides the lead vocals of course! ! A truly stellar line up on this track includes Will Lee on bass, Nir Z on drums, the New York Brass are the killer horn section- Danny Flam-Trombone, Kenny Rampton- Trumpet, Tony Gorruso-Trumpet, Nir Ben-Zion-on Rhodes, Kareña K-Backing vocals, Amir Ben Haim-Producer, Arranger, Guitars and Synths.