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Plug in and turn this one up loud! Bill Kreutzmann introduces 7 Walkers, a new match made in rhythm section heaven with frequent collaborator Papa Mali on guitar and vocals, Matt Hubbard on keyboards and a variety of other instruments, Reed Mathis (of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) on bass, and a true legend, George Porter, Jr., a founding member of one of the most influential bands of all time, New Orleans' own Meters.
Kreutzmann and Porter sound as though they'd been playing together forever after just a few gigs. With the prolific Robert Hunter providing lyrics, the band has built a solid collection of original material with songs written by Hunter and Papa Mali to go with some old favorites.
Kreutzmann noted that the collaboration "reminds me very much, and not because of the personalities or anything, of Garcia and Hunter working together, in that really tight fashion. Those words, if you just read them, they're fun stories, but when you put the music to them it sends them over the top." Hunter also pronounced himself very happy with the project: "7 Walkers hit the ball so far out of the park it's still sailing. It might actually have gone into orbit. I'm very proud to be part of the project. This album is sheer joy from first note to last."
"7 Walkers self-titled debut is the best studio album featuring a member of the Grateful Dead since American Beauty was released in 1970" - nodepression.com
"An album of instant classics that will have enduring appeal...7 Walkers will certainly be ranked amongst the best roots releases of 2010." -nodepression.com
1. Wyat Radio/Cane River Waltz
2. Sue From Bogalusa
3. King Cotton Blues
4. (For the Love of) Mr. Okra
6. Louisiana Rain
7. Someday You'll See (Prelude)
8. New Orleans Crawl
10. Hey Bo Biddle
11. Airline Highway
12. Someday You'll See
13. 7 Walkers