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Sammy Walker’s mentor Phil Ochs wrote in 1975 “Sammy Walker is the finest songwriter and singer I have come across in the last dozen years. I am certain he has a great future ahead of him”. These are the two albums recorded for Warner Brothers in 1976 and 1977.
The self-titled album containing all Sammy’s own material – considered by many to be his best release – is very Dylan-esque. The second album “Blue Ridge Mountain Skyline” includes songs written by Walker with the exception of ‘Waitin’ For A Train’ (Jimmie Rodgers) and ‘Dust Storm Disaster’ (Woody Guthrie).
Musicians include Bill C. Graham, who accompanied Glen Campbell and many other country stars on fiddle and Lyle Ritz, on bass, who went on to greater fame as a ukulele player. The great James Burton, Elvis’s guitar player for many years, also appears playing dobro on “Sammy Walker”; his standout solo on ‘Days I Left Behind’ is something special.
Both albums were recorded in Hollywood with Producer Nik Venet who had worked with Linda Ronstadt and John Stewart.
If you like early Bob Dylan then Sammy Walker could be just the thing for you.
Released on 13th January 2014
DISC ONE: SAMMY WALKER
1. BROWN EYED GEORGIA DARLIN’
2. DAYS I LEFT BEHIND
3. A COLD PITTSBURGH MORNING
4. MY OLD FRIEND
5. CATCHER IN THE RYE
6. DECORATION ON THE WALL
7. LITTLE NEW JERSEY TOWN
8. I AIN’T GOT TIME TO KILL
9. THE STREET ABOVE LAKE ERIE
10. THE EAST COLORADO DAM
11. IF I HAD THE TIME
DISC TWO: BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN SKYLINE
1. BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN SKYLINE
2. APPALACHIAN COAL MINER’S SON
4. WILL YOU MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE
5. CAROLINA SOLDIER BOY
6. HOLLYWOOD SUE
7. WAITIN’ FOR A TRAIN
8. DUST STORM DISASTER
9. BALLAD OF THE LATE EDGAR DOOLEY
10. TIGHT ROPE TO HEAVEN
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