The award-winning Billy Walton Band from New Jersey bring their impassioned musical party to tour the UK in November 2019 with new songs, a special new show for two of the nights, and the same Rock ‘n’ Soul showmanship their British fans are used to.
Tuesday 19th November, The Kings Arms, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Wednesday 20th November, Bourne Music Club, Sittingbourne, Kent
Thursday 21st November, Bluefunk Rhythm and Blues Club, Poynton, Cheshire – Asbury Park special
Friday 22nd November, Bluefunk Rhythm and Blues Club, Poynton, Cheshire – with special guest Gary
Saturday 23rd November, Smokey Joe’s, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
The band are known for their exceptional live shows, reflected in reviews for their last album, Soul Of A Man on Vizztone Records, which No Depression called “a combination of rock and soul blended together like that of no other” and which Blues Blast described as “horn-driven blues-rock with a slick, urban feel”. What makes this UK tour special is the road-testing of new songs so fresh they’re being tuned up in the UK before live audiences ahead of selection for the band’s next album, details of which are as yet otherwise shrouded in mystery. What will be more visible pre-tour is the release of a studio-recorded take on the 9 -minute live version of their anthemic song ‘Mountain’, now firmly embedded as a bring-the-house-down show closer. In addition, the two shows at Poynton each have a special attraction. Show one will showcase a selection of Asbury Park sound favourites, and for show two the band will, uniquely, include venue promoter and vocalist Garry White.
As guitarist with the legendary group Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Billy Walton recorded with Little Steven, and Billy has sat in with numerous rock luminaries including Bruce Springsteen, Gary U.S. Bonds, and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s band, Double Trouble. Billy is called by Roger Mayer, the British sound guru who worked with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Jimi Hendrix, “a star in the making”.
The touring band comprises Billy Walton – lead guitar and vocals; William Paris – bass and vocals; Tom Petracarro – sax; Francis Valentino – drums; Bruce Krywinski Jr. – trumpet; and
Eric Safka – keyboards.
The Billy Walton Band’s sound is a combination of hard, funky Blues reminiscent of Hendrix, Clapton and Vaughan, mixed with a healthy dose of the sounds of Asbury Park.