Willie Walker & The Butanes
Title: Right Where I Belong
Catalogue Number: One on One Records
Review Format: CD
Release Year: 2004
Soul singers never die, it seems. They get forgotten by all but the most dedicated aficionados. Sometimes they re appear and show us all how it should be done. In this case of Willie Walker, no one had heard much about him since the sixties and his days on the Goldwax and Checker labels ("There Goes My Used to Be", for example).
In a further novelty (at least these days), we have real instruments including a Hammond Organ. The arrangements manage to capture that real soul feel without sounding dated. Much of the credit for this must go to the Butanes who prove to be much more than a backing band. Guitarist Curtis Obeda wrote and produced the album as well. BluesBunny particularly liked "Not Where I Belong" and "Crying to Do".
Real soul from a real Southern soul man. At the risk of using a pun too many, this album is good for the soul. Recommended.
June 22, 2007
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