The Butanes featuring Willie Walker
Long Time Thing



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While the previous two discs were steeped in Soul, Long Time Thing sidesteps into the Blues. 5 of the 16 originals feature Michael B. Nelson’s big band arrangements and 10 horns. Former Goldwax/Checker vocalist Willie Walker makes this a soulful Blues CD.
Special guests include 3 additional Hornheads, Bruce McCabe on various keyboards, Big George Jackson on harp and jazz pianist Mary Louise Knutson swinging hard on the title track.

‘How Long You Think You Got?’ was originally penned for a Bonnie Raitt project, it didn’t make the final cut, however with Obeda playing his trademark beer bottle slide and the backing femmes chanting the hook line, Willie does a super job on this deep soul number, it deserves to achieve classic status!

Just why Willie Walker has not got a huge reputation is one of life’s mysteries, he really is a elegant vocalist capable of delivering the goods on timeless soul classics or punchy blues, ‘Long Time Thing’ comes strongly recommended to soul fans everywhere. I guarantee if this is your intro to his vocalising you will be seeking out his previous releases pronto, and that’s the truth partner.

Phil Wight - Blues & Rhythm magazine (UK)

To bring these compositions to life, Obeda found the ideal interpreter in the person of Willie Walker. His voice has that warmth, this density that makes it appear to contact each of us in particular. One thinks of Bobby Bland, James Carr, the greatest stylists of Southern soul. Willie Walker clearly belongs in this category.

JACQUES PÉRIN - Soul Bag magazine (FR)

(roughly translated: 5 of 5 stars, outstanding...OUT OF SIGHT!)

Soul Bag magazine (FR)

In this age of synthesized and formulaic music with false facade talents, it’s always a pleasure to hear strong singing backed by real live musicians, and that’s why this “real thing” CD is worth supporting.

Heikki Suosalo - Soul Express (FI)



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