As Van Morrison famously said, "making great music takes time -- neither hurried nor hasty, but rather tasteful and provocative." His advice was well-heeded by The Walkaways.
The sessions for what would later become "Fifty Left to Burn" commenced in the spring of 2006 when Broken Tailight's Todd Daniel linked up with Junk Nugget's Fabio Gutierrez. A unique brand of alt-country percolated, then materialized, as Daniel's penchant for cerebral roots rock songwriting meshed cleverly with Gutierrez's polyrhythmic bass acumen. Glued together by the biting and versatile "pop and go" percussion of Down Holly's John Cunningham, and soon thereafter the coveted multi-instrumental eclecticism of pianist and slide/mandolin wizard Mark Bower, a band was born, with a CD well into gestation.
Sowing their aural oats in the backstreet pubs of Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., The Walkaways spent a year testing their growing repertoire of original compositions on the local music gentry before entering the studio in the summer of 2007. With the integral assistance of engineer Kevin Rucker and Telecaster ace Craig Bradley, one year later, on July 25, 2008, the CD was pressed, sealed, and delivered live to a packed house of devotees at Iota Club and Cafe in Arlington, Virginia.
Since that night The Walkaways have been buoyed by a steadily growing and loyal fan base, regularly selling out their hometown venues. Interviews and accolades in all of the major Washington, D.C. press outlets -- The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian Magazine, and OnTap Magazine -- have helped to propel the ensemble to the forefront of the local alt-country scene.
Todd Daniel -- vocals and guitar
Mark Bower -- backup vocals, keys, mandolin, slide guitar
Allen Outlaw -- lead guitar
John Cunningham -- percussion
Fabio Gutierrez -- backup vocals, bass guitar, upright bass
"Fifty Left to Burn", 2008
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"Todd Daniel, 30, singer, guitarist and lead songwriter for the local alt-country band the Walkaways..."Todd Daniel, 30, singer, guitarist and lead songwriter for the local alt-country band the Walkaways, may sound like Son Volt's Jay Farrar, but he performs...with the energy of fellow New Jerseyite Bruce Springsteen."
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"One of the album’s best songs, “Perfect Burning Heart,” is a change of pace from fan favorite “When..."One of the album’s best songs, “Perfect Burning Heart,” is a change of pace from fan favorite “When You’re Gone.” While the content and the song’s melody are somber, the harmonica heard throughout adds just enough to warm the hearts of listeners. "
The Walkaways are capable of playing 3 solid one-hour sets of a mixture of originals and roots/rock/Americana covers. For example, a 90-minute set would resemble this:
Piece of Mind
Pin Hole Town Blues
Romance and Medicine
Monday (cover of Wilco)
Solid Silver Lining
You Won’t Be Around
In a Bar in Jersey
Damn Fortunate Man
Wagon Wheel (cover of Old Crow Medicine Show)
A Storied Landscape
Perfect Burning Heart
One and Only One
No Reasons Why
No Way Out
The Weight (cover of The Band)
When You’re Gone
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