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Walking Spanish / Bio

Walking Spanish is an original band with vintage vibes and a captivating modern edge. The band brings a lush and layered sound, combining heart pumping rock and roll and soulful roots with a dynamic edge that can be sweetly soft or searing.

-The band's 2nd album, "Phoenix Down", which boasts a new genre of "apocalypse rock", was released in June of 2014.

-Walking Spanish was awarded The Sacramento Area Sammie Award for Best Rock Band three times in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

-Recently worked with GoPro to shoot a LIVE acoustic video of new song, "Narcissus By Name".

-"What if You Knew My Name" from 2011's "Wishbones" was added to San Francisco Bay Area KFOG's local scene compilation Volume 8 CD

Walking Spanish tracks and live performances, have been heard on:
KFOG 104.5 FM (SF Bay Area), KXJZ 90.9 FM (Sacramento, CA), KXRQ 98.5 FM (Sacramento, CA), WCDB 90.9 FM (Albany, NY), KDVS 90.3 FM (UC Davis, CA), KVMR 89.5 FM (Nevada City, CA), KZFR 90.1 FM (Chico, CA)

Official website: www.walkingspanish.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/walkingspanish
YouTube: www.youtube.com/walkingspanishmusic
“…Nelson’s almost-British Isles romantic sensibility aligns with Americana instrumentation. Mix in his keening, Western United States savored articulation, and the band’s ability to give dramatic surge, this music raises the bar in Sacramento.”

- Beatnik Studios & Swell Productions

"..Walking Spanish have a poetic jam-band, classic-rock vibe with some orchestral pops- It's a lush and layered sound thanks to band members with backgrounds from every genre"

- Erin Dewitt, O.C. Weekly


"They're fresh outta Sacramento""...a sound that's a little tough to pigeon-hole. It's at once familiar, yet it's loaded with fresh spin. Their name comes from a Tom Waits tune, there are moments that sound like they could be from the South, others where it could be 30 ago, and San Francisco, and yet still others when you'll feel like there's a completely different alt-rock club thing happening. We've been keeping an eye on them for most of the past year, and we're pretty stoked to be part of their first California tour."

-Rand Foster, Fingerprints Music, Long Beach, CA


“…(Walking Spanish) has made two albums and won three Sammies Awards… Walking Spanish has become one of Sacramento’s most-talked about bands.”
-Elizabeth Marxen, Sacramento Magazine


"...searing high-energy indie rock, fronted by virtuosic Alex Nelson.."
"Wishbones" is the kind of album that you can listen to from start to finish, on repeat, and I've been doing just that. The songs are fully developed. The solos and interludes are searing but restrained, integral to the songs. It's all about the songs on this record."

-Lindol French, The Sacramento Press


"...(Walking Spanish) will fall nothing short of full speed ahead. This mixed genre of fresh talent, sound, attitude will surprise and please your music palate, regardless of how far you’ve walked and danced barefoot through the halls of time. They’re that good."

-Pamela Youngs, Steel-Ties.com


" ('Wishbones', the upcoming Walking Spanish Album) Is a versatile blend of well-structured songs, combining country, rock 'n' roll, and pop, littered with subtly haunting, poetic verse."

-Jenn Walker, Submerge Magazine


"Some musicians are so good it makes me mad. Case in point: Alex Nelson"

-Autumn Sky, Midtown Monthly Magazine


"Their songs pay homage to great artists of the past while moving forward in a genre-mixing, fist-pumping affair that brings audiences of all ages to their feet."

-Laughlin, Andy. "Spotlight: Walking Spanish." Village Life

"A band that mixes genres like ska, rock, punk, country, and ragtime...A Very Talented Band"

-Mark Gilmore..98 rock Local Licks

"The band’s Telecaster-wielding frontman, (Alex Nelson) mines a musical lode decidedly older than his years."

-Jackson Griffith, Sacramento News & Review

General Info

Band Members
Alexander Nelson - Songwriting/Vocals/Guitar, Tim Picchi - Bass, Patrick Picchi - Drums, Tom Gunterman - Violin
Artist Name
Walking Spanish
Home Page
Active Since
Rock / Americana

Contact Info

Sacramento, CA
Alexander Nelson

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