Souled Out With No Apologies November 8, 2010Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.
The Charles Walker Band has been described in Billboard.com as “…a quintet whose chops are strong, whose command of the genre is certifiable, and who generate excitement at every turn”
is making their first appearance at Gerald’s Smokehouse in Racine, WI Jan. 8th.
The Milwaukee based five piece soul band performs funk, R&B, and blues, while completely blurring the lines of all three genres and promises excitement in every note they play.
This female fronted band, though unique in style, sounds like Sly and the Family Stone meets Sharon Jones and keeps the audience on the floor in every city they hit and have played with serious heavy hitters like Earth Wind and Fire, BB King, Robert Cray and Aaron Neville.
The band is on tour for the exciting release of their fifth CD “Used and Defiant,” which has been described in Soul Bag magazine as “[An] entire album [that] grooves deeply and there is never a dull moment, proving the band’s tremendous genius…An album with diversity, spontaneity, and wholly gratifying, this album appeals to a wide spectrum of listeners.”
To sample the band’s sound or order any of their catalogue, check out http://www.walkerband.com which hosts a streaming player of their latest work.
Charles Walker, tenor saxophone, keyboard, songwriter & band leader, received formal jazz training at UW Eau Claire, playing saxophone for over 20 years. He has played with such greats as Big Al from New Orleans and JJ Johnson at BB’s in St. Louis and his band has opened for BB King, Earth, Wind and Fire, Aaron Neville and Booker T. Muziczine describes him as “Particularly inventive, Walker is a musician bursting with talent. Well capable of building a melody line, his tenor sax thrusts through the mix powerfully” (4/6/09).
Porsche Carmon, lead vocals, was born and raised in Columbus, OH. Porsche’s vocal talent was first discovered at the age of twelve during her first musical theater audition for The Me Nobody Knows. Porsche re-discovered her passion for musical performance in 2001 and began performing on the Milwaukee scene, eventually sharing the stage with notable talents in New York, Chicago, and Milwaukee such as Jon Pairs, Vic Valenti & Walters Chicago Bands, and the Milwaukee Bucks house band Streetlife w/ Warren Wiegratz. In 2010 she joined the Charles Walker Band, where she sings both lead and backup vocals, plays congas and percussion. The Door County’s Peninsula Pulse said of her talent, “Carmon’s soaring gospel-soul singing, recalls the days of Motown.”
The Charles Walker Band’s appearance at the Gerald’s at 9:00 pm promises to be energizing and dance oriented.