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.”