Terry Evans has one of the most identifiable voices in blues and roots music, providing vocal support for the likes of John Lee Hooker, Ry Cooder and John Fogerty. In recent years, Evans has come to the forefront as a concert headliner with a stunning series of well-received recordings. Telarc is pleased to announce the label debut of the celebrated vocalist with the release of Walk that Walk, which includes guitar master Ry Cooder and the great session drummer Jim Keltner.
Walk that Walk draws on a rich musical legacy. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (Willie Dixon's hometown), Terry Evans' first exposure to music was in the church choir. He headed out to Los Angeles in 1962 and soon made his mark with a group called the Turnarounds. In the '70s, Evans performed with singer Bobby King as a soul duo, and eventually they became Ry Cooder's principal back-up vocalists. Evans' breakthrough came during the movie Crossroads, where he sang on "Down in Mississippi" and the title piece during the film.
Voice-wise, Evans sounds almost as good on Walk that Walk as he did in the '60s, when he rolled out "The Birds and the Bees" and it broke nationally. He writes excellent songs and hires top-of-the-line backup names. Evans whoops it up on the harp-spiced "The Story of My Life," sets a spiritual tone on "Don't Give Up," and wails in "Credit Card Blues." The album is rounded out with raspy, festive covers of "A Stone's Throw Away," "Dancin' With Your Belly Up" and "Let's Have A Ball."
Produced by Joe Harley, Evans' longtime producer, Walk that Walk features Cooder and Keltner on all nine tracks. Evans is also joined by keyboardist Jeff Alviani, saxophonist Gil Bernal, bassist Kenny Dew, harpist John "Juke" Logan, guitarist Jesse Samsel, and vocalists Willie Green, Jr. and Ray Williams.