Charles 'Wigg' Walker turns it loose with the Dynamites
Soul singer learned from funk and soul legends of the '50s and '60s
May have read over the last few years on here reviews and such on Charles Walker's recent shows in the uk, just read an article detailing just what up to right now.
A few clips below, just to show that its not just a run of the mill press release, but in fact a interesting read covering current, history, background and what he's trying to achieve and how
With the release Tuesday of Kaboom!, an album that fairly lives up to its incendiary title, the group is primed to secure a foothold in the burgeoning deep funk movement alongside Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Breakestra and The Poets of Rhythm.....
Etta James and Sam Cooke were just two of the other luminaries with whom Walker worked during that era, a period in which he was fronting a "straight-up soul and R&B" combo called Little Charles & the Sidewinders. Thanks to a push from saxophonist King Curtis, another big name on the scene, Walker and the band went on to become mainstays at Small's Paradise in Harlem. With the Sidewinders, he also released a number of singles for Decca Records.
For a neo-funk band like the Dynamites, the tricky thing about turning it loose, to borrow from Walker, is to do it in a fresh way. This is especially the case when your touchstones include James Brown, Hank Ballard and Dyke & the Blazers, pioneers who patented their styles the better part of 50 years ago.
"The idea was to make a record that didn't sound like it was made in 1962," Elder said. "We kept that in mind at every point during the making of our album.
"Our goal was to have one foot planted in the funk and soul of the late '50s and '60s and yet also to give the music a new twist.....
Check out the full article By BILL FRISKICS-WARREN along with some great photos at the tennessean.com website
the new album is just out and clips can be streamed here