Identifying Charles Walker’s influences doesn’t require prolonged exposure or intense examination. The Milwaukee native grew up with a love of the Blues, Funk, Pop and Motown, as evidenced by his devotion to Luther Allison, Prince and Stevie Wonder, and the sound that he’s developed with his latest outfit, appropriately tagged the Charles Walker Band. The band’s music is indicative of his broad influences as well as his innate ability to absorb, translate and transcend them.
Originally starting off a decade ago as the Charles Walker Blues Band, the group’s musical direction was perfectly described by its name. After a few albums, Walker dropped the “Blues” qualifier and included more Funk, R&B and Soul to the recipe, cooking up an infectious groove on the Charles Walker Band’s 2009 album Used and Defiant. Not long after the name change, Walker connected with Soul vocalist Porsche Carmon through Facebook and invited her to audition for the band. The chemistry was immediate.
THE CHARLES WALKER BAND plays a free show Saturday at MOTR Pub. More info here.