On Monday 11th November 2013 The Billy Walton Band from Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA featuring the hugely talented guitarist, Billy Walton himself will be performing his style of blues rock at The Farnham Maltings in Surrey. This is the bands ONLY Surrey show. It is not to be missed. Special guest Planet Graffiti fronted by axeman Brent 'Hutch' Hutchinson are opening the show. Planet Graffiti are a local rock blues power trio who have toured with the Billy Walton Band in the past, so this will be a superb evening featuring two extraordinary guitarists and some of the finest musicianship to seen in Surrey.
For tickets, please visit boogaloopromotions.com/tickets/ and select the gig on the 11th November.
In the history of rock 'n' roll there is a long tradition of guitarists trading in their jobs as
sidemen to become virtuoso frontmen in their own right. Early on Jimi Hendrix played in Little
Richards’ band and Eric Clapton worked with numerous groups like John Mayall & the
Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Cream and Derek and the Dominos before starting his
legendary career as a solo artist. Even Stevie Ray Vaughn had a stint as a member of David
Bowie’s touring band before going solo. There seems to be something about apprenticing with
another artist that brings out the best in some guitar players. After spending years honing
their craft it becomes impossible for their unique style and personality to be held back.
Such is the case with Billy Walton. Since the age of 15 Walton has plied his craft in the
Asbury Park/New Jersey shore music scene--most notably as the guitarist/vocalist for
Boccigalupe & the Bad Boys which features Tony Amato a veteran of the Asbury scene since
the 70s (the nickname...Boccigalupe was actually given to him by Bruce Springsteen & Little
Steven Van Zandt). During his time with Boccigalupe, Walton has played countless gigs in
both the United States and Europe and sat in with numerous of rock luminaries including
Springsteen, Gary US Bonds and Stevie Ray’s backing band, Double Trouble.
The 30-year old Walton’s talents are no secret among everyone in the Jersey shore music
scene and with the founding of the Billy Walton Band there’s little doubt his reputation will
grow far beyond the Garden State. The Billy Walton Band’s sound is a combination of hard
blues reminiscent of Hendrix, Clapton and Vaughn mixed with a healthy dose of Warren
Hayes and Derrick Trucks. Live, Walton has always been an explosive performer with jaw
dropping talent but with the addition of bassist William Paris and drummer Marcus Croan the
Billy Walton band churns out a singular brand of funky blues that has deep roots in both the
jam band musical tradition as well as the Jersey shore Walton has cut his teeth on.
Walton’s connection to his heroes is not just through his record collection. Over the years he
has developed a close friendship with Roger Mayer, the well-known British guitar effects guru
whose devices have played such a pivotal part in rock n roll for nearly every major player
But regardless of his influences or where he’s from, the Billy Walton Band’s ultimate appeal
lies in the unique musical gifts of its founder, Walton himself, who, like his forebears is poised
to join the long and storied list of sidemen whose time has come to step out front.
Planet Graffiti have developed their sound both live and in the studio making ‘Bad News’ a diverse album which can be heard by the delicateness of ‘Stevie’, to the funkiness of ‘Bad Advice’ which manages to transform itself into a poised drifting blues as Brent rebuilds the piece from the bottom up with a Peter Green influenced solo, full of delicate touch and tone. The instrumental tracks on the album are the stuff of a tight tour band for whom playing live is second nature. The track ‘Fix Me’ is a heartfelt song, predicated on a delicate acoustic being uplifted by Brent’s vocal and impressive accompanying harmonies.
‘Bad News’ also reflects Planet Graffiti as a hard working touring band, who have enjoyed well received appearances at The Cluny in Newcastle, to the legendary Half Moon in London, and recently enjoyed 2 nationwide tours with New Jersey’s Billy Walton Band.
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