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Grand Lake / Live Music Bobby Walker: A rhythm all his own

by Cyndi McCoycmccoy@grandcountynews.comGrand Lake, Colorado

Grand Lake, Colorado Like most musicians, Bobby Walker plays all kinds of stuff. Except Top 40. He doesnt fit into the scheme of things in the mainstream musical world and says he never has.Walker discovered the beauty of Grand County as a kid in the 1960s and as an adult he came back out from California with a (then) little-known bass player many in the county may recognize named Arnie J. Green. They played all over the Three Lakes area for almost two decades at places like Pancho & Leftys, EGs and the Corner Cupboard.Green decided to stay in the area, settling in Silverthorne, and Walker, who is now in Grand Junction, returns every now and again to perform. Hes played during two of the Blues from the Top festivals, including performances with good friend Andy Irvine, and also performs at other Grand County Blues Society shows.Grand Lake is kind of its own little bird, said Walker. He has also performed in the Fraser Valley where, he said, there is a cool scene for musicians. Theyre good people, he said of his audiences all over Grand County.Playing mostly American roots music on slide guitar and foot drum (bass and high hat), Walker returns to the area to once again grace the stage for the local audience (he also plays dobro, other percussion, some keyboard and harmonica). This weekend, while his past partner, Arnie Green, works to get back into the studio, New Orleans-style jazz pianist Brad Pregeant will join the multi-instrumentalist for performances.Walker said music is his life and vice versa. He plays everything from music that is soulful and meaningful to funky dance tunes, beginning his recording career in 1982 with a bachelors degree in performance (from Mesa State College) and the release of a 45 single Rocket in My Pocket.Since then, he has celebrated 10 other releases. His most recent work is a compilation of the best of the past 15 years titled Bobby Walker released in 2008. He gears up for a new album and tour of the Midwest in 2009.His CDs and live shows consist of a 50-50 split between his original compositions and covers, playing a lot of straight-from-the soul blues and rock n roll with lots of enthusiasm and rhythmic drive. Fan favorites include Come a Little Bit Closer by Jay and the Americans, and Cest La Vie.The music and artists he has played and recorded with (his fondest moment was playing with Roy Buchanan) have all influenced his life, he said. He hopes people not only get enjoyment from his shows but something a little bit different. He said some songs are familiar, but that others might consider his songs obscure. Either way, we rock it up pretty good, he said.Walker and Pregeant will play Friday at the Lariat Saloon, and with several other musicians for the annual Troublesome Horse Rescue fundraiser dinner and show at Carolines Cuisine Saturday (5:30 p.m.). Its amazing what we can do, especially with this line-up, Walker said of the upcoming performances.


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