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Willie Walker and the Butanes
Memphisapolis

 

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Willie Walker and the Butanes have released their second collaboration, Memphisapolis, containing 13 original tracks featuring 4 horns, lady background singers, real Hammond organ and the soulful vocals of Willie Walker.

 

A slice of absolutely timeless soul music to gladden the heart...2006 or 1966, this is what soul music is all about for me and I rather suspect you too. - a ‘star pick’

David Cole - In The Basement magazine (UK)

 

It’s another slab of classic gritty Southern soul, the stuff that’s as tough as it is romantic...“What’s It Take?” gets the album off to a great start, and “Real Love” is easily the best Al Green song of the year

Tom Surowicz - StarTribune (US)

 

‘Memphisapolis’ has to be in the running for my pick of 2006. Yes indeed, I never thought that soul records of this quality were being cut nowadays, I though the magic touch had been lost somewhere back in the 1960s along with Beatle wigs, black and white television and real leather footballs with laces. It contains elements of all the great Memphis studios, and summons up the spirit of Otis Redding, Al Green and all those other giants who recorded in the Bluff City in the heyday of real soul music. A sure fire winner for Messrs Walker and Obeda...

Phil Wight - Blues & Rhythm (UK)

 

Soul like it used to be done, one part church, one part barbecue, one part groove-dripping sweat.

Mike Elias - Electric Fetus Weekly E-Mailer (US)

 

Curt and Willie have once more come up with an impressive rootsy record. There are many songs that should put a party in full swing and fill dance floors.

Heikki Suosalo - Soul Express (FIN)

 

Walker has a voice of pure wool, scratchy and warm, and he rubs it over a set of all-original songs by guitarist Curtis Obeda. “Exactly Like Me” is an especial standout

Peter Scholtes - City Pages (US)

 

2 things which drew me to investing in the last CD are here again - Willie’s voice and Curt’s songs both of which make this CD album of the year already - no one surpassed them in 2004 and they are back in 2006 with an album which is going to be hard for anyone to beat again.

Colin Dilnot - In Dangerous Rhythm Blog (UK)

 

I can’t wait.

Bill Wax
Proprietor of Low-Fi’s Bar and Pool Hall
Bluesville - XM Satellite Radio (US)

 

 

 

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