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Cleveland, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | SELF

Cleveland, Ohio, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2006
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"Blues Matters - U.K. CD Reviews"

"...the listener could be forgiven for thinking they were listening to an early Blues singer, stomping heels, strong vocals and acoustic guitar." - Blues Matters - U.K.


"Blues at Lafayette Hotel"

“ an old time bluesman with a mastery of acoustic slide guitar” - West Virginia University Chronicle


"Blueswax CD Reviews"

"A really great album is more than a collection of songs and Murder of a Blues Singer ends up being greater than the sum of its parts. When it's over, you feel like you've been somewhere." - Blueswax


"Cleveland Blues Summit Vol. 1"

“sings “Look On Yonder’s Wall” in a way that would leave Joe Cocker jealous." - UltimateGuitar.com


"St. Mary's College of Maryland"

"He made me feel like I was sitting on my front porch in New Orleans eating alligator." - Chronicle


"706 Union Ave."

"his baritone voice & slide guitar oozes the blues. 706 Union Ave., will knock you out." - Jazz & Blues Report


"Blues Revue - CD Reviews"

Austin "Walkin' Cane" Charanghat's "Murder of a Blues Singer (Lazy-Eye 4070) opens with his unaccompanied voice booming like Son House's. The acoustic slide comes in after a few bars, turning "High Rent Lemon Girl, Aren't Ya?" into a deeply felt evocation of the blues master. Charanghat's lyrics are smart & sometimes visit the dark side - hear the title track & "Graveyard Town" - but they also cover simpler subjects, as on the homecoming romp "Hold On the Night." The selections offer more than prewar styles: Augmented by bass, drums, electric guitar & occasional harmonica, John Lee Hooker boogies (Devil's Backbone") and rootsy rockers (Step It Up & Go," with its Chuck Berry via Keith Richards lead breaks) dot the playlist. Austin "Walkin' Cane" channels Tom Waits on "Late Great Singer," the album's strongest track. - Blues Revue - Sept. '07


"Blues & Co. - France - FIVE Stars!!!"

Austin « Walkin’ Cane »*****

Murder of a Blues Singer

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Si l’gars qu’est sur le plastoc, l’est pas un chanteur de blues, ben veux bien accepter la discute avec le contrariant qui osera dire le contraire !! C’est quand il veut !!

L’aurait même du coffre le dit gars, une voix de stentor faisant dans le baryton, Une voix qu’il utilise à ravir, une voix qui va bien avec la mine du personnage, « une mine pas tibulaire mais presque » (Coluche), l’a pas l’air de rigoler tous les jours au vu de la pochette….. Mais l’a une bonne bouille en réalité, devait être chafouin au moment de la photo.

Il est pas mauvais non plus dans la gratouille, pratique la glissade comme d’autres la prose, total à l’aise que ce soit en débranché ou en électrifié… Sans compter que c’est un excellent compositeur, ses mélodies sont superbes et il les interprète avec sincérité et fougue, pratiquant presque tous les dérivés Bluesistiques émergeant du delta blues, le bon vieux Delta classique, s’autorisant des variations jazzy, folkeuses, soulisantes et rock ‘n’ rollesques.

Un album varié, passionnant, bien bâti, alternant entre la tradition total dépouillée, moments chargés d’émouve sur lesquels la plupart du temps il est accompagné par un excellent harmoniciste, qui a pour nom Colin Dassault (Colin Dussault’s Blues Project) ou encore seul avec sa guitare, sa formidable voix et un chœur de gospel (Prawer Warriors) sur le poignant « See That My Grave is Kept Clean » (Jefferson), c’est à pleurer tellement c’est beau.

Un très bel album, inspiré suite à une discute autour d’une gamelle, avec Robert Lockwood Jr., un Bob qu’était partant pour participer à l’enregistre mais qu’a du s’absenter où vous savez, un peu avant.

Austin « Walkin Cane » Charanghat n’est pas à son coup d’essai et trimballe déjà quatre rondelles avant celle là. Rondelles qu’il s’est enregistré avec ses zicos favoris, toujours les mêmes, alors inutile de te dire que ça baigne dans l’huile et qu’y a pas un poil qui dépasse. Michael Bay (guitare) frétille d’aise et s’accorde des solos aussi brefs qu’intenses, Mike Barrick (basse) et Jim Wall (drums) tiennent la baraque comme un Pit son os, ça roule, ça booste, ça groove, c’est du caviar.

Bon ! L’avez compris j’aime, plus, j’adore cet album, et je n’ai qu’une envie c’est de partager cette régalade avec vous bien-aimés lecteurs-ices.

Le site : www.walkincane.com

Tonton Erick - Blues & Co.


"Sun shines on local bluesman Austin "Walkin' Cane""

Austin "Walkin' Cane" Charanghat was in good company at Sun Studio in Memphis, especially in spirit. Elvis Presley recorded there. So did Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and other famous rock 'n' rollers, along with an equally Impressive list of blues greats. But Charanghat, a popular fixture on the Northeast Ohio blues scene, one-upped those legends. He not only cut a couple of tracks for his new album at the landmark studio last year. Charanghat got married there, right before the recording session. "It was a cool, intimate wedding." says Charanghat, 33.

The same adjectives could describe this singer-guitarist's latest CD, "706 Union Ave." It takes its title from Sun's address. Hell mark the release of thee acoustic-blues album with a performance tomorrow at Fat Fish Blue.

Charanghat and his bride, Karen, tied the knot in Sun's main studio, surrounded by framed photos of Presley and other stars. "Karen loves '50s-era Elvis, so she was up for it," Charanghat says. By day, he's a computer graphics designer. On the side, he helps his wife run Reilly's. their West Side Market stand specializing in British pub grub.

A judge presided over the nuptials in Memphis. Later in the evening, the newlyweds went out to dinner with family and friends at a steakhouse. But first Charanghat recorded nine tunes in one hour. The vibe at Sun was "amazing," he says. "All my heroes took their first steps there. B.B. King did some of his first songs there. So did Howlin' Wolf and Rufus Thomas.

They haven't updated the room. It's exactly the way it was, with all this vintage equipment." Two tunes from the session. "Forever Lovin' Man" and the autobiographical "Ballad of the Honeymooners," are included on "706 Union Ave." The other eight tracks were done at Suma Recording Studio in Painesville.

This is Charanghat's first solo effort. He was backed by a band for his previous releases, "Help Yourself" (1996) and "Radio Cafe" (2001). He'll do two sets tomorrow at Fat Fish Blue, one on his own and one with his Walkin' Cane Band, featuring Michael Bay on guitar, Mike Barrick on bass and Jim Wall on drums.

The new album features five no-frills numbers written by Charanghat and Chris Allen of the local roots-rock group Rosavelt. Listen closely to "Better Than I Should," a slow-burner showcasing Charanghat's smoldering slide guitar, and you can hear his stomach growl. "I hadn't eaten all day," he says. "For most songs, I only did two lakes. There are little mistakes here and there. If you listen to the old-school blues guys, there are mistakes all over the place. The mistakes give it character."

Charanghat's 11-month-old son, Isaac, makes a giggling cameo on a sweet reworking of the traditional "Fishin' Blues." Alongside tips of the hat to Robert Johnson ("Walkin' Blues"), Big Bill Broonzy ("I Can't Be Satisfied") and Snooks Eaglin ("I'm a Country Boy"). The CD also includes an update of "Look Over Yonder Wall," a blues chestnut popularized by Arthur Crudup. Charanghat was destined to do the latter tune, too, if only because of the tailor-made lyric: "Hand me down my walkin' cane..."it's a song I've been playing on and off for years," says Charanghat, whose left leg was amputated below the knee in 1996 because of an arterial venous malformation. (Translation: "My arteries and veins were tied up in knots," he says.)

But with a new wife, a new baby boy and a new home to go along wilh his fine new album, life would seem to be looking up for Charanghat. So why is he still singing the blues? "Not all blues is sad," he says. The blues perks me up. More than anything, it pulls me out of the hole if I'm down."

John Soeder • Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic


- The Plain Dealer


"Sun shines on local bluesman Austin "Walkin' Cane""

Austin "Walkin' Cane" Charanghat was in good company at Sun Studio in Memphis, especially in spirit. Elvis Presley recorded there. So did Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and other famous rock 'n' rollers, along with an equally Impressive list of blues greats. But Charanghat, a popular fixture on the Northeast Ohio blues scene, one-upped those legends. He not only cut a couple of tracks for his new album at the landmark studio last year. Charanghat got married there, right before the recording session. "It was a cool, intimate wedding." says Charanghat, 33.

The same adjectives could describe this singer-guitarist's latest CD, "706 Union Ave." It takes its title from Sun's address. Hell mark the release of thee acoustic-blues album with a performance tomorrow at Fat Fish Blue.

Charanghat and his bride, Karen, tied the knot in Sun's main studio, surrounded by framed photos of Presley and other stars. "Karen loves '50s-era Elvis, so she was up for it," Charanghat says. By day, he's a computer graphics designer. On the side, he helps his wife run Reilly's. their West Side Market stand specializing in British pub grub.

A judge presided over the nuptials in Memphis. Later in the evening, the newlyweds went out to dinner with family and friends at a steakhouse. But first Charanghat recorded nine tunes in one hour. The vibe at Sun was "amazing," he says. "All my heroes took their first steps there. B.B. King did some of his first songs there. So did Howlin' Wolf and Rufus Thomas.

They haven't updated the room. It's exactly the way it was, with all this vintage equipment." Two tunes from the session. "Forever Lovin' Man" and the autobiographical "Ballad of the Honeymooners," are included on "706 Union Ave." The other eight tracks were done at Suma Recording Studio in Painesville.

This is Charanghat's first solo effort. He was backed by a band for his previous releases, "Help Yourself" (1996) and "Radio Cafe" (2001). He'll do two sets tomorrow at Fat Fish Blue, one on his own and one with his Walkin' Cane Band, featuring Michael Bay on guitar, Mike Barrick on bass and Jim Wall on drums.

The new album features five no-frills numbers written by Charanghat and Chris Allen of the local roots-rock group Rosavelt. Listen closely to "Better Than I Should," a slow-burner showcasing Charanghat's smoldering slide guitar, and you can hear his stomach growl. "I hadn't eaten all day," he says. "For most songs, I only did two lakes. There are little mistakes here and there. If you listen to the old-school blues guys, there are mistakes all over the place. The mistakes give it character."

Charanghat's 11-month-old son, Isaac, makes a giggling cameo on a sweet reworking of the traditional "Fishin' Blues." Alongside tips of the hat to Robert Johnson ("Walkin' Blues"), Big Bill Broonzy ("I Can't Be Satisfied") and Snooks Eaglin ("I'm a Country Boy"). The CD also includes an update of "Look Over Yonder Wall," a blues chestnut popularized by Arthur Crudup. Charanghat was destined to do the latter tune, too, if only because of the tailor-made lyric: "Hand me down my walkin' cane..."it's a song I've been playing on and off for years," says Charanghat, whose left leg was amputated below the knee in 1996 because of an arterial venous malformation. (Translation: "My arteries and veins were tied up in knots," he says.)

But with a new wife, a new baby boy and a new home to go along wilh his fine new album, life would seem to be looking up for Charanghat. So why is he still singing the blues? "Not all blues is sad," he says. The blues perks me up. More than anything, it pulls me out of the hole if I'm down."

John Soeder • Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic


- The Plain Dealer


"Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C. Handy Award) Best New Artist Album!"

2015 Blues Music Award Nominee (Formerly W.C. Handy Awards)
"Best New Artist Album" - One Heart Walkin'
Blues Foundation - Memphis, TN - Blues Foundation - Memphis, Tenneseee


"Terra Blues"

"Austin Walkin' Cane arrives bearing not only a cool blues calling card but a commanding voice and fiery Delta chops."
The New Yorker - The New Yorker


"Washington D.C. Blues Festival"

“If you like Muddy Waters, go see Austin Walkin Cane."
Washington Post - Washington Post


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2015 Blues Music Award Nominee (Formerly W.C. Handy Awards)
"Best New Artist Album"
- One Heart Walkin'
Blues Foundation - Memphis, TN

"Austin Walkin' Cane arrives bearing not only a cool blues calling card but a commanding voice and fiery Delta chops."
The New Yorker


"If you like Muddy Waters, go see Austin Walkin Cane."
Washington Post

Austin Walkin' Cane is a blues singer, songwriter, and slide guitar impressario who performs across acoustic, solo, duo and electric band mediums. He has toured Australia, Colombia, Nepal, France, Germany, England, and Wales. He has also crossed the United States, perhaps most notably from New Orleans, Louisiana to Juneau, Alaska with only a guitar and suitcase in hand.

Austin walked for ten years with a cane due to an arterial venous malformation he had
since birth. While performing on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a homeless man called
out, "Hey Walkin' Cane, got some spare change for a brother?!" Austin subsequently took
the jibe as his nickname. In 1996, after years of battling the inevitable, his left leg was
amputated below the knee. A year after the surgery, he returned to the music scene
stronger and without need of a cane.

Austin Walkin' Cane's most-recent work, "One Heart Walkin,'" was nominated for Best New Artist Album by the The Blues Foundation as part of its 36th annual Blues Music Awards. The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the one of the highest accolades afforded blues music performers.

"One Heart Walkin'" is the latest incarnation of Walkin' Cane's synthesis of original
compositions with roots music cultures, combining and transcending the troubadour
traditions of Delta blues, Memphis blues, Chicago blues, and Bourbon Street jazz.

AWC original songs are co-written by Austin with collaborator, guitarist,
and grade-school friend, Chris Allen. The albums of Allen/Charanghat originals have come to
life with the help of legendary producer and bassist Don Dixon.

Fans may recognize Walkin' Cane's work from his performances on National Public
Radio's nationally-syndicated game show, "Says You," broadcast from Cleveland’s
historic Capitol Theater, as well as from his musical work airing on Sirius/XM Radio's,
B.B.
King's Bluesville. The Chicago Reader put Austin on
the cover to promote  the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival.

Austin Walkin' Cane is proud to be partnered with National Reso-Phonic Guitars,
Ernie Ball Strings & Dr. Z Amplifiers. 

AUSTIN WALKIN' CANE PERFORMANCE BIO
Austin Walkin' Cane has opened for or performed with: Bobby Blue Bland, Buddy
Guy, Taj Mahal, Gregg Allman, Johnny Winter, ZZ Top, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Bobby Rush, John Hammond Jr., Gary Clark Jr., Hubert Sumlin, Willie Big Eyes Smith, John Mooney,  Jaimoe (Allman Bros.), Watermelon Slim, John Primer, Rare Earth, Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Blind Mississippi Morris, Nappy Brown...

Blues Festivals

- Chicago Blues Festival - Chicago, IL

- The King Biscuit Blues Festival - Helena, AR
- Pinetop Perkins Homecoming - Hopson Plantation - Clarksdale, MS
- Blues On Broadbeach Festival - Australia
- Cali Blues & Folk Festival - Colombia - South America
- Shakedown Blues - U.K.
- Cita Delta Festival - Bordeaux, France
- Nantwich Jazz & Blues Festival - U.K.
- Juke Joint Festival - Clarksdale, MS
- FIMU - Belfort, France
- Himalayan Blues Festival - Kathmandu, Nepal
- D.C. Blues Festival - Washington D.C.
- Wheeling Blues & Heritage Festival - Wheeling, WV
& many other US festivals.


AWC Blues Albums:

Muso - Fall 2019

One Heart Walkin' - 2014

A World Of Blues - 2011

Murder Of A Blues Singer - 2008

706 Union Ave - 2003

Radio Cafe - 2001

Help Yourself - 1996


Ohio City Singers (original rock 'n' roll x-mas band)

Ring Out The Wild Bells / 2016

A Town Called Christmas - 2013

Snow Days - 2011

Love & Hope - 2009















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