Seth Walker

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Seth Walker - Time is relative: if you’re just going through the motions, the minutes and hours sluggishly drag on. When you’re doing what you love, the days fly by. In the three years since his last album, Seth Walker moved to Nashville from Austin, wrote songs with friends new and old, and played many, many shows. And just like most  people,  he  thought  about  life,  about  love,  and  about  the  changes  we  all  experience  as  you  move away  (both  geographically  and  philosophically)  from  those  people  and  places  you  know  so well  to  try your  hand  at  something  new.  His  latest  recording  Time Can Change is  a  culmination  of  these experiences—the  sound  of  an  artist  moving  beyond  his  comfort  zone  and  challenging  himself  to  walk new creative ground. Seth Walker
"The album is a snapshot of movement in my musical journey of sorts,” states Walker. “A culmination of the continuing search for a way to write, sing and record in a new way.”

Change isn’t the order of the day when you grow up slow.  Seth’s childhood in rural North Carolina was spent  largely on  a  two family  commune,  with  music  as  the  backdrop  to  an  unrushed  way  of  life  lived outside the city limits. Both his parents were classically trained musicians: his mom a talented violinist, his  father an accomplished string player.  Music was an integral part of each day where the soundtrack could run from Willie Nelson to J.S. Bach and everything between.  Seth was exposed to, and subsequently absorbed,  a  sonically  rich  expression  of  life  with  all  its  inherent  joy  and  pain.  Although  Seth  started sawing on a cello by the age of three, it was the guitar that would ultimately be his true love. A musically inclined uncle introduced Seth to the blues, and in those raw, honest songs was the inspiration to begin trusting his own voice and his desire to express himself.

Upon  moving  to  Austin,  Texas  in  his  early  20s,  Seth  recorded  his first  album  in  1997.  By  the  time  he released his eponymous  fifth LP in 2008, he had developed into an accomplished guitarist and an even better singer, distilling the soul of Ray Charles, the Southern boy roots charm of Delbert McClinton, and an uptown blues turn of phrase (a la Percy Mayfield)into his own distinct voice. Seth also began to write with other musicians, an endeavor which led  to  a  fruitful  collaboration  with  Gary  Nicholson,  a  prolific songwriter and record producer based in Nashville. Seth and Gary co-wrote  most  of  the  songs  on  Leap of Faith,  with  Gary  also onboard as producer.  Released in 2009, Leap of Faith was Seth’s most accomplished album to date, successfully weaving together a diverse  blend  of  influences  and  styles.  As  Geoffrey  Himes  wrote for Nashville Scene,  it  was  “one  of  the  year's  more  interesting Americana  albums,  because  its  notion  of  roots  music  drew  not just  from  the  country folk  tradition  but  from blues  and  R&B  as well.” Leap of Faith was in the Top 10 of the Americana charts for nine  weeks  and  received  praise  from No% Depression and  Blues Revue, among others.

Self produced  and  unequivocally  personal, Time Can Change is  a distinct departure from its more polished predecessor. While fans
will recognize the  familiar rich tenor and bluesy guitar work, the new album  trades  the studio sophistication of Leap of Faith for a
grittier sound and more intimate approach to songwriting. “I never know what will be on the other side of a song or a session, but I sure do like what I have found in the corners of this album: a stripped down, intimate version of what I am as an artist at this point in my life,” says Walker.
Largely  financed  by  Seth’s  generous  fans  through  a  Kickstarter  fundraising  campaign,  the  album represents a rebirth of sorts, foregoing complex production techniques in order to more clearly focus on the song and performance at hand.   “Love  Is Through With Me,” a bluesy  tune of resignation about  the fickleness  of  love,  sets  the  tone  and  features  Steve  Mackey’s  supple  bass  playing  and  Derrek  Phillips’
spare percussion. Along with Seth’s acoustic guitar groove, this configuration is at the core of the album’s warm, loose vibe. “Wait a Minute” captures the optimism and possibility of new love—a breezy, engaging song with Kevin McKendree’s tasteful organ work and playful background vocals courtesy of the McCrary Sisters. With all the makings of a classic soul ballad, “In the Meantime” is a plea for a temporary stay to the inevitable heartache of incompatible love. And with Gary Nicholson back in  the co-writer chair,  the rollicking, light hearted “More Days Like This,” with its catchy refrain, is an instant crowd pleaser. “This is the purest, most honest recording I have ever done as a singer. I just sang and played,” maintains Seth. “Time can definitely change, and this album is a case in point for me.” In addition to extensive national touring, Seth performed at last year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival and provided  tour support  for Raul Malo and  the Wood Brothers. With a blues man’s respect  for roots and tradition, coupled with an appreciation for—and successful melding of—contemporary songwriting, Seth is one of a handful of artists who incorporate a wide range of styles with warmth and grace. Perhaps Country Standard  Time said  it  best:  "If  you  subscribe  to  the  Big  Tent  theory  of  Americana,  then  Seth Walker —with his blend of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock, and a dash country—just might be your poster boy.”

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