WILY BO WALKER & E.D BRAYSHAW - Night Of The Hunter (Single)

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Prodigious recording artist WILY BO WALKER has once again teamed up with regular collaborator, and fellow bluesman E D Brayshaw to produce the soon to be released double album ‘The Roads We Ride’. And as a taster for this release, they have the first single from this concept album, ‘Night of the Hunter’, out now. 

After Forty years in the business, there is no sign of Walker slowing down, with a further two album releases planned for 2019, but by working with different artists, he’s keeping it fresh yet still staying true to his blues roots.

As one of the few British, and even fewer Scottish artists inducted into the US Blues Hall of Fame, Walker has a very distinctive voice, a southern growl crossed with some mellow soul that sounds like silk, yet could carve granite. Whereas Brayshaw can play the blues guitar till the cattle come dancing home. Not only could he make his guitar gently weep, the whole band would be in floods of tears.

The single opens with Brayshaw bursting a gut with a forty five second masterclass of screaming blues guitar, before fading out to allow Walker to set the wheels rolling on a road trip through the desert under a clear moon filled sky, searching for a lost love. Then like a wrestling tag team, they alternate between the mournful vocals, and the howling guitar, leaving us hanging for the conclusion of the story, which will hopefully be revealed on the album!

The guitar sound brings memories of Jeff Healy, Walter Trout, and even a little BB King in the way the notes are carefully picked out clear and concise, and not rushed up and down the frets in a cacophony of sound. The vocals from Walker, as I said, are distinctive, but there are echoes of Billy Gibbons and John Lee Hooker in there.