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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Walt Winston/The Waltles - Song Collection (USA 2001-8)

WALT WINSTON was the leader and founder of a band called THE WALTLES (originally formed in 1981 in St. Louis, Missouri), who created an album titled "Psychedelic Folk" for which Walt Winston wrote a #1 hit song (on the Folk Charts) titled "Man of Many Faces" (which one can find among other mp3 tracks on a site called www.mp3.com).

WALT's last album is "18 Wheels Of Mayhem", released December 2008. It's about his recent experiences as a Truck Driver.

"I was born in St. Louis, Missouri in December of 1964 and wanted to be an entertainer and now after 25 years in the industry, I couldn't be happier! I formed my first band called Walt Winston & The Cigarettes, Blue Street, then it became Zenith, and then The Waltles which have since disbanded. Since then, I've enjoyed mild success with newspaper clippings, an article in the Riverfront Times Magazine in St. Louis, my hometown and my own label Walteria Records." (W. W.)

Though WALT WINSTON surely isn't ERIC CLAPTON or J. J. CALE, he manages to write and perform solid, convincing folk/folk-rock songs, sometimes a little, well... old fashioned in style, with a strong mid-60s feeling (e.g. "Truck Drivers Aren't Supposed To Cry", "Knock At My Door" - the last sounding even a little bit like 1965 THE BEATLES), sometimes a little bit more adventurous (e.g. "Softly, I Leave You", "Roanoake Island" - that could easily have been recorded for an early TIM BUCKLEY album). Also to mind comes the mid-60s New York Coffeehouse folk scene, that produced quite some excellent artists...

This music for sure isn't
stoned psychedelic guitar freak-out music, but if you like good folk and folk-rock songs with heart and soul and an occasional slight psychedelic tinge, then this here will be perfect for you.

My favourite tracks: "44 Blues", "Softly, I Leave You"

Here is a selection of songs by WALT WINSTON/THE WALTLES, (including "Man of Many Faces").

(Photo credits: Alex Arce: Walt Winston/The Waltles 2002, King City, CA.)

WALT WINSTON/THE WALTLES - Song Collection 2001-2008
(mp3 zip, 12 tracks, 41,1 MB, 41 min)
Get it here or here!


Anonymous said...

Walt Winston didn't write "Softly I Leave You" or ".44 Blues". Those were written by Chris Noblin, the bassist, turned Lead Guitarist of The Waltles.

My favorites are Roanoake Island, Ferret In the Closet, and Happiness Alley from the Happiness Alley album which is Walt Winston's newest album.

Joe Clarke

mike-floyd said...

Thanks Joe, for the additional info and your comments!

Anonymous said...

This is a fine collection, Walt! Thanks for sharing!

Janet Mills

Anonymous said...

This music is painful to listen to. The truth hurts but you need to know.

Anonymous said...

I've heard now, that Walt Winston will be heard on I-Tunes, Amazon and 32 other web music marketers so now all of us can enjoy the great Folk sounds of St. Louis' very own music legend. His legacy continues to grow after his appearance on America's Got Talent!

Mike Reed

Anonymous said...

There are those that hide behind a screen and can't understand real music when they hear it. I think this man's music is far better than most people give him credit for. I've been a fan of Walt Winston from the very beginning and he's come a long way from St. Louis.

Anthony Hayes, Chicago

Anonymous said...

I appreciate his effort but this is nowhere near star quality or even coffee shop quality.