Uncle Walt's Band - Uncle Walt's Band Vinyl LP
Uncle Walt's Band Uncle Walt's Band Vinyl LP
"Walter Hyatt, David Ball and Champ Hood have been an inspiration to me ever since the first time I heard Uncle Walt's Band," says Lyle Lovett, a journalism student at Texas A&M University when he first heard the band. "Musically, their finely crafted original compositions reflect diverse influences, while lyrically they demonstrate a sensitive, sophisticated understanding of the dignified South."
Uncle Walt's Band, originally from Spartanburg, S.C., was an eclectic music trio that moved to Nashville in 1972 and, shortly thereafter, to Austin at the urging of singer/songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey. An attempt at an album with Ramsey at the helm was unsuccessful, so the band headed back to Spartanburg in 1974 to produce their own debut LP, Blame It On The Bossa Nova. The original self-released vinyl edition – 1,000 copies sold through performances and self-promotion – disappeared quickly. Heat was gaining for the band, so they headed back down to Austin with a reissue of the album, simply titled Uncle Walt's Band. Original Blame It On The Bossa Nova LPs change hands for hundreds of dollars these days.
While the album gained many fans and followers, it wasn't enough to sustain the band's larger ambitions. After taking brief hiatus, they recorded a second album, An American In Texas, released in 1980, followed by a live album, Recorded Live, in 1982. A cassette-only release of studio sessions titled 6-26-79 was also released along the way. Gaining the love of Texas music fans, performing regularly throughout the state, yet unable to get traction nationally, Uncle Walt's Band decided to take separate paths in 1983.
According to the Austin American-Statesman: "Their deceptively sophisticated amalgam of blues, jazz, country and folk was less reminiscent of Willie Nelson than of classic Southern tunesmiths such as Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael. Though they never broke through to widespread renown, their influence persists today, most notably through the music of Lyle Lovett, an early and devout acolyte."
Now, a remastered version of Uncle Walt's Band will be available on LP with new liner notes from Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood, and surviving member David Ball, plus fellow artists Lyle Lovett, Marcia Ball, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Marshall Chapman, and journalists Peter Cooper, Doug Freeman, and Michael Hall.
Uncle Walt's Band Uncle Walt's Band Track Listing:
2. Dish Wiped Clean
3. Little Sadie
4. High Hill
5. Four 'Til Late
7. Gimme Some Skin
8. Seat Of Logic
9. Don't You Think I Feel It Too
10. In The Night
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