Bobby Thursby&Arthur Walton

Bobby Thursby&Arthur Walton

BandBluesJazz

Our music is a wickedly soulful blend of Blues, R&B and Funk all fused together with innovative and masterful guitar licks underneath strong down-home vocal stylings.

Biography

BOBBY THURSBY, vocalist and keyboardist, has been a performing vocalist since his teenage debut with the Velvets, a 1950's doo wop group, discovered by Roy Orbison. Their hit, "Tonight Could Be the Night," became a number eight hit nationwide. In May of 2000, the Velvets taped an appearance for PBS which was televised nationally. He has performed from Texas to Pennsylvania, from Alaska to Hawaii, and from Denver to all points in between. Until his recent collaboration with Arthur Walton, he has sung with a variety of jazz and blues bands and was featured at the Hawaii Theatre International Jazz Festival's Ray Charles Tribute. His awards include:
‘Male Vocalist of the Year‘, ‘Contemporary Album of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year‘, and ‘Song of the Year’ for "I Want 2 Thank You."

ARTHUR R. WALTON, lead guitarist, bassist, composer, arranger, songwriter, studio engineer, producer and private instructor. His musical career began as a drummer but, as his interest grew in the guitar, he began private study with such greats as Chuck Wayne, Pat Martino and Frank Gambale (Chick Corea). Early on, Electronic Music Labs in Connecticut hired him to conduct clinics to demonstrate their new and innovative guitar synthesizer, the syntar, developed jointly with John McLaughlin. Subsequently, extensive studies were undertaken at The University of Hartford Hartt College of Music and The Musicians Institute in Hollywood from which he graduated. In 1985, he toured Europe with a commercial dance band (Data), and was hired to write jingles for NRK Norwegian radio. After returning to the states he opened Samurai Records, his indie record label, where he has arranged and produced albums for musicians in Los Angeles, Hawaii and Colorado. In 2007, he began a collaboration with Bobby Thursby, out of which has come two CD releases: "Grease In My Gravy", and "Burn In Hell Blues", and an upcoming third release, "Street Signs", all of which will have been published by his publishing company, Dancing Bones Publishing. Recently, Arthur was nominated as the ‘Producer of the Year’ for "I Want 2 Thank You," a single cut from his collaborative CD “Grease In My Gravy.“

Lyrics

I Want To Thank You

Written By: Bobby Thursby and Arthur Walton

Oh baby, you turned my life around
Right at the point where someone else had let me down
Took good care of my heart
Gave me a chance to make a brand new start

And I want to thank you, baby
I wanna let you know
That you made the difference, baby
That's why I love you so
You caused my soul to flow

Baby, when I look in your eyes
I see exactly what I want to see
Oh baby, I feel so hypnotized
It only happens when you look at me

You know sometimes when
I think of you
And all of the nice things that you do
I know that I'm a lucky man
And I'm gonna keep you happy, baby
I'll do all that I can

I'll make you feel me when I'm not there
And make sure you can take that feeling anywhere
Give you things to smile about
when you're alone
And make you glad to know I'm coming home

I'm really, really feeling you
And I know you have that feeling too
When we touch it's electrifying
It's oh so warm and tender
Baby, it's satisfying.

I tell my friends that this is it
The one love that I know I won't forget
But they all know that this is true
I guess they must have seen the way I look at you

I kiss you and you say you can feel it there
And then you point your finger to show me where
We both laugh and we hug real tight
'Cause we both know that it's on for tonight

Uncork the wine and let it flow
Cut to the chase and dim the lights real low
Begin the ritual that takes us there
And end it with a fireworks show
We both can share

And I wanna thank you, baby
I wanna let you know
That you made the difference, baby
That's why I love you so
You caused my soul to flow.

Blues Avenue

Written By: Bobby Thursby and Arthur Walton

It's not the same as the other streets
It really shows in the people you meet
People drinkin', lookin' sad
You can tell they really have it bad
I look at the ones in front of me
Beat'n down by this economy
Children doin' grown-folks stuff, man
This situation's really rough
I pray to God that things will change
'Cause we really can't take much more of the same
We gotta pull it together

So we won't have to be
Goin' down Blues Avenue (12x's)
I know we can do it

There was a time when we could pay the bills
There were jobs, we could use our skills
A lot of our priorities have been pushed back
Indicative of the times that we got Bush-wacked
Fuel is sky-high
Food is the same
It's to the point that we really have to apply gain
Jails are overcrowded
Because of the crime
The drugs are in control of too many minds
A lot of good people are now fatalities
They try too hard to escape reality
Maybe Mr. Obama can make a change
I hope so

So we won't have to be
Goin' down Blues Avenue (12x's)
We can do this
Help one another, you know
It's not pretty

It's not the same as the other streets
It really shows in the people you meet
People drinkin' and lookin' sad
You can tell they really have it bad
I look at the ones in front of me
Beat'n down by this economy
Children doin' grown-folks stuff, man
This situation's really rough
I pray to God that things will change
'Cause we really can't take much more of the same
We gotta pull it together
Together

So we won't have to be
Goin' down Blues Avenue (12x's)
We can do this
I know we can
It's time for a change

Instrumental section

Come on in, brother
Have a seat
Need a little bit to eat?

Goin' down Blues Avenue (12x's)
It's awful sad
It's not pretty
Feel so bad
Sad

You're Either Doin' It Or You're Gettin' Done

Written By: Bobby Thursby and Arthur Walton

You're either doin' it
Or you're gettin' done
Time don't stand still for no one
You have to walk before you can run
A simple idea whose time has come
Like Twiddle-lee Dee and Twiddle-lee Dum
You know that you're not the only one
Gettin' done

You try to find some way to make some money
'Cause you know that you've got these bills to pay
Let me tell you it ain't even funny
The way that things are so messed up today
Credit card max'd out again
Really can't say when you'll see your way

You're either doin' it
Or you're gettin' done
Time just don't stand for no one
You have to walk before you can run
A simple idea whose time has come
Like Twiddle-lee Dee and Twiddle-lee Dum
You know that you're not the only one
Gettin' done

If you don't have nothin' you can't get nothin'
How do you get somethin' in the first place
You're out there tryin' your best to win
Or come out ahead in this big old rat race
I know where you're comin' from
You're not the only one, no no no no

You're either doing it
Or you're getting done
Time don't stand still for no one
You have to walk before you can run
A simple idea whose time has come
Like Twiddle-lee Dee and Twiddle-lee Dum
You know that you're not the only one
Gettin' done

Discography

CDs: "Grease in my Gravy", "Burn In Hell Blues", "Shades of Blue", "Configurations" for which we do have streaming and radio airplay. Single cut: "Blues Avenue" also is streamed and will soon be available on radio airplay.

Set List

The length of our sets is entirely dependent on the particular venue in which we are playing, i.e., an opening act, a solo concert performance, or a club scene. Generally, however, our sets can easily run from one to two hours and anything and everything in between.