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Seth Walker at D.B.A. tonight, 7/25

A peripatetic lifestyle has lead the songwriter and guitarist around the country with stops in Nashville and Austin. Now, he is the latest addition to the scene in New Orleans. Tonight will be his first time playing in his new home with a band. Doug Belotte will be on drums and James Singleton will be on bass.

Walker grew up on a small commune in rural North Carolina and recorded his first album in 1997. By the time he released his eponymous fifth LP in 2008, he had developed into an accomplished guitarist and an even better singer, distilling the soul of Ray Charles, the Southern boy roots charm of Delbert McClinton, and an uptown blues turn of phrase (à la Percy Mayfield) into his own distinct voice.

Seth also began to write with other musicians, an endeavor that led to a fruitful collaboration with Gary Nicholson, a prolific songwriter and record producer based in Nashville. The two co-wrote most of the songs on Leap of Faith, which came out in 2009.

His most recent album, Time Can Change, is a distinct departure from its more polished predecessor. While fans will recognize the familiar rich tenor and bluesy guitar work, the new album trades the studio sophistication of Leap of Faith for a grittier sound and more intimate approach to songwriting.

I am sure his work will only grow as he is influenced by the rich musical palette in the Crescent City.

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