I just sent off my International Blues Challenge (IBC) application to Memphis. Going January 21-24, 2015. Here is the photo I sent in, and “The Bio”, with a tip of the hat to Ken Babbs for saving me from having to write more lies about myself (also known as “press”).
“Walker T Ryan Just him and his guitar. Walker T is the real deal. A bluesman, a Delta bluesman! He began as a Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly old school folk singer. Then he saw Son House! A lover of old Rock and Roll and country music. He knows hundreds of songs. He works as a solo and makes it look easy, but there’s years of craft and heart and experience and compassion behind his on-stage simplicity. He’s played thousands of gigs for all kinds of people, in places most of us only read about, and he’s entertained them all. Just him and his guitar.” Ken Babbs – Author and Merry Prankster
Thanks to Carl Falsgraf for putting this together.
Local Bluesman Headed to Memphis — But Is His Guitar? Local legend Walker T. Ryan will join 120 other top musicians at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee this January. Now he’s working to make sure his guitar — a vintage 1937 Gibson — makes the journey with him.
“The Gibson has been a true friend and my livelihood for fifty years,” says Ryan. “Checking it on a plane would be like turning a small child over to strangers.”
So he is teaming up with the Rainy Day Blues Society to raise money to buy a ticket — coach, of course — for his beloved Gibson.
Mac’s at the Vet’s Club will host the November 9 benefit show from 1-6pm. Joining Ryan will be The Randy Hanson Band. They will also be representing the Rainy Day Blues Society in Memphis.
Walker T. Ryan found the Gibson in his father’s closet when he was thirteen and has been playing blues ever since, opening for the likes of Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, and Dave von Ronk. Originally from California, he has lived in Oregon for over twenty years.
“I’m proud to represent Eugene at this international event,” he said, “This is home now and I want the world to know about the great music we have here.”
Details, about fundraiser for me and my guitar at Mac’s Sunday
I got this up date from Paul Biondi. Thanks Paul.
Paul J Biondi
3:00 PM (2 hours ago)
On Sunday, many local musicians and friends of Walker will gather at Mac’s restaurant (room donated by Pat & Peggy McCullum of Mac’s ) to raise money to send Walker and his guitar to this historic competition in Memphis , Ten.
Set 1 – 1 Pm
Hank Shreve – ( of the Hank Shreve ) Lead Vocals, Harmonica, Keyboard, Guitar, Drums, & ( kitchen sink )
Gerry Rempel – Electric Guitar
Bill Shreve – Vocals, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
Rae Gordon – Electric Guitar
Soloman DeNiro – Drums
Paul J. Biondi – Saxes, Woodwinds
Set 2 – 2 Pm
Michael Brewer – ( formally of The Mary Butterworth Band ) Lease Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Russ Whitlatch – Bass Guitar
Soloman DeNiro – Drums
Set 3 – 3 Pm
Brian Chevalier – Lead Voocals, Electric and Slide Guitar’s, Accordion, Washboard, ( everything else plus the kitchen sink )
Brian will be joined by his band mates from Heavy Chevy
Set 4 – 4 Pm
WALKER T. RYAN – Slide Blues Guitar, Lead Vocals
will be joined by his many musical friends.
Walker has in the past aways donated his time and energy to the many fund raisers that go on in Lane County. Now it’s our turn to help him pay for this trip to Memphis to represent our town. As far as I’m concerned Walker is the best choice for us all. He’s has been involved in the music scene in Lane County for years and has mentored many musicians. We’re all proud of him and hope many people will show up Sunday and make a donation to this GREAT GUY, Sincerely, Paul J. Biondi
For the trip to the International Blues Competition in Memphis in January.
More to follow
Minding my own business, and now, boom, I’m going as a solo to the International Blues Competition (IBC) in Memphis. So, it’s time to pull this place together again for new visitors.
IBC site: http://www.bealestreet.com/international-blues-challenge.html
My plan: To try and put everything I’ve got about my alleged career in one place.
The IBC is at the end of January. More to follow.
Yesterday I played for folks at the Ness of Brodgar, an archeological dig of a Neolithic religious site from 3000BCE. Here’s a picture, and a link to their site http//www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/nessofbrodgar/2012/07/dig-diary-tuesday-july-31-2012/