Tom Walbank: Live (Self-Released) 

Tucson's resident badass bluesman, Tom Walbank, has compiled a digital-only release of live, all-original material. Drawn from several years of live recordings, these 10 tracks represent some of the best of his songs, recorded raw, dirty and rocking. It's just Walbank, his guitar, voice and harmonica, with Tasha Bundy sitting in on drums on two tracks.

Walbank's original material here is essentially indistinguishable from the covers that he performs live by masters like John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, etc. The man's a natural bluesman, as anyone who has seen him tear it up around here for the last 12 years knows. His raw, less-is-more approach to playing the blues makes him unique among legions of flashy players.

The rhythmic, hypnotic groove of the opening track, "Mississippi Dream," shows off how completely Walbank has absorbed the brutally basic and mesmerizing music of John Lee Hooker. On "Howlin' Tomcat" (with Bundy on drums), Walbank seems to channel Elmore James' monster slide guitar.

Elsewhere, he churns his way through "Bullwhip Boogie," his guitar seemingly on fire, and "Just Can't Seem to Track You Down" features loads of Walbank's famous, fabulous harmonica-playing, as does "Tamp It Down Solid." The slow and dirty "Sinkin' Down Blues" showcases more of his slide guitar, and Walbank's show-stopping, signature solo harp number, "Whoopin,'" is absurdly great.

This satisfying collection is rounded out with three shorter numbers: "Junior," "Whirlwind Mama" and "Blues for John Lee."

The album is available at tomwalbank.bandcamp.com.

More by Carl Hanni

  • Paper Weight

    The mind-bending depth and dimensions of Nick Georgiou's sculptures
    • Jun 8, 2017
  • Machine for Thinking

    Warhol’s trailblazing epic film makes a rare appearance
    • Apr 27, 2017
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

The Range

Quick Bites: 1912 Turns Two

Quick Bites: Wasting Away Again

More »

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Don't Forget the Coop

    Interview with Alice Cooper
    • Jun 15, 2017
  • Battle Acts: Sgt. Pepper Then vs. Sgt. Pepper Now

    We have no Summer of Love to ponder, no Vietnam War to protest, no miracle drug that's going to save us. But we do have an unpopular president and Sgt. Pepper to marvel over all over again. It's not the same, but it kinda is, and that's about the best splendid time that can be guaranteed for all in 2017.
    • Jun 8, 2017
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation