Ian B. Walters plays spirited, updated blues and standards as well as contemporary tunes. Known for his unique piano sound, dripping with soul vocals, and all-around good vibes, Ian's inventive interpretations of great old songs make them new again. After studying classical piano for 13 years, he found his musical voice in vintage blues, R&B, American Standards, and early Rock-n-roll. His influences include such notables as Jelly Roll Morton, James Booker, Memphis Slim, Mississippi John Hurt, Clifton Chenier, Leadbelly, Jimmy Reed, Fats Domino, Champion Jack Dupree, T-bone Walker, and Professor Longhair. One of the most sought after performers in the Washington DC area, he can often be found playing blues festivals and clubs solo or with his backup band, "The SwampKeepers." in 2008, Ian became the newest member of the blues piano faculty at the Augusta Heritage Center's annual Blues Week in Elkins, WV. He teaches classes and private students in Blues Piano, combining classical western musical methods with the music of early 20th Century America extending to Rock-n-roll and early R&B. He uses various styles, including Boogie Woogie, Honky Tonk, and New Orleans Stride and Ragtime to demonstrate a historical approach to the development of American Popular Music.