THE DYNAMITES FEATURING CHARLES WALKER
TO RELEASE KABOOM! ON JUNE 12
Appearances scheduled at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits Festival
"Listening to Charles Walker & The Dynamites immediately whisked me back to Small's Paradise, 1964. It's so wonderful to hear Charles' voice is as strong as ever." - Bettye LaVette
NASHVILLE, TN – Outta Sight Records is pleased to announce their first release with The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker. Kaboom! will be released on June 12 and is a furious and unrelenting barrage of stripped-down, rhythmic R&B, funk and swinging soul. Bill Elder (a.k.a. Leo Black) is the 9-piece troupe's founder, arranger, and producer while Charles "Wigg" Walker receives the special billing as lead vocalist.
Walker deserves his due after decades as an unsung musical hero. He first became a professional entertainer in his native Nashville in the late 1950s, recording with hit producer Ted Jarrett and appearing nightly at the New Era Club, one of the South's leading black nightclubs. Walker spent most of the 1960s and '70s in New York, performing frequently at the Apollo Theater and Small's Paradise when the original funk scene coalesced. Walker released singles for Chess, Decca, and a number of smaller labels. After the recordings gained notice in Europe's Northern Soul scene, Walker found steady solo work overseas, and he lived in England and Spain before returning to Nashville in the 1990s.
The Dynamites reignited Walker's spark and pushed the versatile vocalist to sing the hardest, grittiest funk he's ever made. The band's dynamic live show has already gained them opening slots for Widespread Panic and Galactic as well as appearances at Bonnaroo and the Austin City Limits festival.
06.12 | Grimey's in store | Nashville, TN
06.17 | Bonnaroo Music Festival | Manchester, TN
06.22 | Mercy Lounge | Nashville, TN
06.27 | Chelsea's | Baton Rouge, LA
06.28 | Sticky Fingerz | Little Rock, AR
06.29 | Hi-Tone Café | Memphis, TN
06.30 | Gypsy Hut | Cincinnati, OH
07.06 | House of Blues | Chicago, IL
07.07 | The Hideout | Chicago, IL
07.10 | Middle East Upstairs | Cambridge, MA
07.11 | The Annex | New York, NY
07.12 | Iota Club & Café | Arlington, VA
07.14 | Criminal Records in store | Atlanta, GA
07.14 | The Earl | Atlanta, GA
08.25 | Southern Brew Festival | Chattanooga, TN
09.15 | Austin City Limits Music Festival | Austin, TX