Grammy Award winning artist David Ball will revisit the sound of Americana pioneers, Uncle Walt’s Band, with a CD/Vinyl Release show at The Kessler.
An American In Texas returns nearly 40 years after its initial release, this time on LP, CD, and Digital. Originally released in 1980, it was the second album from Americana pioneers Uncle Walt’s Band, of which Ball was a founding member and upright bassist. The original 12-track vinyl is complimented by an expanded 25-track CD containing all 8 tracks from their cassette only Six • Twenty Six • Seventy Nine, and five previously unissued live and studio tracks.
Called the Bluegrass Beatles by critics, Lyle Lovett wrote, “Those boys from Carolina, they sure enough could sing." The album will be distributed for streaming and download on all digital platforms, with a physical CD available at independent record stores. Pre-order online here
In early 2017, David Ball revisited the music of Uncle Walt’s Band at an Austin house show with Warren and Marshall Hood (son and nephew of UWB co-founder Champ Hood). The overwhelming response created That Carolina Sound, and a string of sold-out shows have followed.
On a solo acoustic tour a few years prior, Lyle was asked about the unique sound of his music. “It’s that Carolina sound!”
Doors for this CD/Vinyl Release will open at 7:00 with show at 8:00.
"Flash back, for a moment, beyond the just-finished South by Southwest to last year's SXSW. Its 10-day run had just kicked off when, in a show that wasn't even part of the festivities, Nashville songwriter David Ball joined cousins Warren and Marshall Hood at the Saxon Pub to revisit the music of beloved 1970s-'80s Austin trio Uncle Walt's Band. Marveling at the magic brought back to life, listening to the sincere testimonials and lovely guest-vocal turns by Uncle Walt's Band devotees Kelly Willis, Marcia Ball and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, I wondered how I could see anything for the rest of SXSW that would be as good as this. And I didn’t.” -Peter Blackstock, Austin American-Statesman, 3/26/19
"Uncle Walt's Band predicted Americana by 30 years…but they were more polished and practiced than most down-home sounds now in that field.” Barry Mazor, Wall Street Journal, “Roots Now” ACME Radio Nashville 4/17/19