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Wily Bo Walker / Press

“The British singer Wily Bo Walker has been active in diverse fields of blues related music in recent years , from pieces revealing a love of Dr John and Tom Waits, to music that might be created for Tarrantino film soundtracks. With guitarist E.D Brayshaw he has now recorded songs that are reminiscent in their narrative style to the rock of the 70s. They tell cinematic stories - and leave room for great guitar solos. Wily Bo Walker sets the scene for 'Stone Cold Beautiful' and when the album containing the nearly seven-minute-long "Storm Warning" kicks off, then one understands immediately, slow and menacing, here is a storm that threatens to eventually annihilate every living thing. This is blues rock, the melodic manner of which I enjoy even more, because it did not repeat the eternal clichés and riffs. With the arrival of Loudon Wainwright's "Motel Blues" comes a Country / Blues sound to this version. here you will feel returned to a movie, perhaps in an episode of Altman or so”

"Loan Me A Dime", the second cover on the album, may at first sound a little Gary Moore throwaway, but when Wily starts to sing, to complain, then it becomes a deeply felt and accusatory Blues, its message from the backing vocals is even moved to the vicinity of a church pulpit. "Stone Cold Beautiful" is a tremendously exciting album for rock and blues fans alike and especially for fans of sweeping guitar solos that really share stories, and not just merely exhibit the brilliance of the string technique. Great album! (Translated from the original German) (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)

“I need a cigarette after that and I don't smoke, that song is absolutely incredible ('Long Way To Heaven' - from the CD release 'A Long Way from Heaven…' by Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Stunning, 'A Long Way From Heaven', it draws you in, it's got a certain ambience to it ('Long Way To Heaven' - from the CD release 'A Long Way from Heaven…' by Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Fine, fine track (Rendez-vous Des Cheminots - from the CD release 'A Long Way from Heaven…' by Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Fantastic voice with lots of presence, perfectly suited to your narratives (from the 'Wily Bo Walker Special' on Pete Feenstra's Blues and Rock Show)”

“Fantastic band! (Drive - from the CD release 'Moon over Indigo' by Wily Bo Walker. Also featured on the compilation album 'Wily Bo Walker & the Danny Flam Big Band')”

“Absolutely cracking track ('Long Way To Heaven' - from the CD release 'A Long Way from Heaven…' by Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“The release of Stone Cold Beautiful, right behind A Long Way From Heaven, is the second of what looks like a three mini-album series Glasgow born Walker plans for 2015. With six tracks, totalling forty minutes, old analogue heads, for whom a side of C90 cassette tape defines album length, will consider this to be almost a full release. Stone Cold Beautiful abounds with New Jersey soul tenderness, romanticism and swagger. Blistering guitar contributions from E.D Brayshaw are lengthy but always tasteful, finely judged and sympathetic to the song.”

“The NJ soul prevalence is most emphatic on 'Storm Warning', with Karena K's gospel backing multi-tracked to epiphanal effect as Brayshaw's guitar enacts the storm in a soaring coda. That soul dynamic continues on 'I Want To Know' but goes even further on 'September Red'. Again, there is a huge choral arrangement as emotional, sky -rending guitar leads to a piano figure in the fade, a feel revisited on the tough NJ rock of 'Killers On The Run'. Enormous sounding guitars and heavenly gospel backing vocals enmesh over Walker's urgent pleading, leading to a blissed out funk, as vocals edge in and out of the mix.”

“What a splendid job (Light At The End Of The Tunnel from the CD 'A Long Way From Heaven' - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Fantastic stuff (Drive - from the CD release 'Moon over Indigo' by Wily Bo Walker)”

“Very evocative (Motel Blues - from the CD release 'Stone Cold Beautiful' by Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“That is absolutely brilliant! …like it more and more! ('Killers on the Run' from the CD release 'Stone Cold Beautiful' - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“Great original swampy tunes with the essence of Tom Waits, Fantastic album from start to finish. A must-have for fans of blues, swamps, zombies and Tom Waits. Came across this in a search for some new music, and loved it-'The Life and Death Of" is a solid album and won a fan of Rattlin Bone in me. ('The Life and Death of…Rattlin Bone' album by Rattlin Bone)”

“This is absolutely superb and some great guitar playing on there as well! ('Ain't No Man a Good Man' - Preview track from Wily Bo Walker's forthcoming album 'Tales of The Mescal Canyon Troubadours')”

“Brilliant stuff ('Ain't No Man a Good Man' - Preview track from Wily Bo Walker's forthcoming album 'Tales of The Mescal Canyon Troubadours')”

“That's some serious music! ('Chattahoochee Coochee Man' by Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours)”

“If that song is anything to go by the whole album will be excellent ('Chattahoochee Coochee Man' by Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours)”

“Need to come and see you guys 'live'! Loved the new track and can't wait for the album! ('Chattahoochee Coochee Man' by Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours)”

“Well, if you're going to boogie woogie you might as well do it like that! That is superb!!!' ('Drive' - Preview track from Wily Bo Walker's forthcoming album 'Tales of The Mescal Canyon Troubadours')”

“Fantastic Stuff! ('Drive' - Preview track from Wily Bo Walker's forthcoming album 'Tales of The Mescal Canyon Troubadours')”

“Playing this one over and over! ('Walking with the Devil' by Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours)”

“Crackin' stuff!!! ('Walking with the Devil' by Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours)”

“That one would definitely be on my mp3 player! Imagine being on the open road… ('Walking with the Devil' by Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours)”

“This has got movie soundtrack written all over it. That bass is crankin' it! ('Walking with the Devil' by Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours)”

“Geoff's guitar is stellar. We'll be playing this a whole bunch on Lunch At The Barr on Hotmix 106. This is going to spread around the globe like wildfire. ('Walking with the Devil' by Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours)”

“Really bad ass! That's one of the best tracks I've heard recently by anybody, anywhere! ('Chattahoochee Coochee Man' by Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours)”

“Totally jumping!!! ('Chattahoochee Coochee Man' by Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours)”

“Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours brought plenty of funk, blues rock and a solid, tight band to stage. A good guitar section of Geoff Slater, with Tommy ‘Le’ Rhodes on bass join Max Saidi on percussion and deliciously dark Kareña K on backing vocals and keys. Wily Bo is ‘ringmaster’ and vocalist, and takes on ‘Rattlin Bone’ form complete with top hat and skull cane to finish on the glorious ‘St. James Infirmary Blues’. The band having grooved their way through ‘Chattahooche Cooochee Man’, maybe some lost moments with ‘Did I Forget’, to decide it IS, ‘Time To Forget’, completely unphased by the troublesome power glitches. Maybe they had forgotten to switch on the lights!”

“Rattlin Bone are… "Part of the underground zombie burlesque and voodoo circus scene with a hellishly good brass section, smooth and seductive backing vocals and a lead voice that reeks of bourbon and candlelight, Rattlin Bone is an incredibly tight 14 piece band out of London, England. And I do have to say, their leader - Mr. Wily Bo Walker - is one of my favorite people. He is not only an amazing talent, but damned nice guy, too. (And yes, you can tell him I said so)" (Online blog about Rattlin Bone)”

“Lordy! Going thermo nuclear! Talk about bringin' it …what a fat sound! ('Chattahoochee Coochee Man' by Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours)”

“The night ended triumphantly with 14 piece rock and roll burlesque gypsy voodoo jazz from Rattlin Bone, complete with deranged clowns. Soulful backing singers, a jazz band and the raspy rocker vocals of the lead singer demonstrated the band’s ability to transcend the boundaries of musical genre and create a sound uniquely theirs. The band’s cover of Merle Travis’ Sixteen Tons was a crowd pleaser, keeping the audience on their feet after a night of heavily-involved shape-throwing. (Rattlin Bone 'live' at The Hootananny, Brixton)”

“If Wily Bo Walker even glances at a CD we'll play it. This is a great song… ('Chattahoochee Coochee Man' by Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours)”

“Fabulous horns and a dark, smoky voice dominate this track ('Speaking of Happiness' by Rattlin Bone)”

“Absolutely wonderful album (Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“Fantastic album (Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“Fine, fine stuff...really, really like it, go out and buy it ('Loan Me A Dime' from the CD release 'Stone Cold Beautiful' - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“Absolutely fantastic stuff (Killers On The Run - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“'These are musicians of the highest quality, absolutely amazing track, could sit and listen to that all night long' ('Chattahoochee Coochee Man' by Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours)”

“A real classic (Killers On The Run - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“Such a fabulous contrast of vocals and such a lush sound (Long Way To Heaven by Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“I love this more and more and more (Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“..it's cinematic, epic..such a beautiful album, it's something that you just have to go grab hold of. (Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“The opener ‘Storm Warning’ (written by Brayshaw & Brayshaw) is a blistering soundscape of Blues/rock with Brayshaw’s guitar screaming and Walker’s gruff and hard vocals telling the story of a new American dustbowl, Karena K providing backing vocals to really drive the emotion. The guitar solo at the end is terrific, exciting and picking the listener up time and again, ebbing and flowing like the storm itself. Wily Bo supplies tracks that have a softer feel, soulful and rolling; ‘I Want to Know’ very much feeling like it is steeped in New Orleans (his vocals have a touch of Dr John crossed with Robbie Robertson) while he can also turn his hand to a love song as he does on ‘September Red’. They do a superb version of Loudon Wainwright’s ‘Motel Blues’, giving it all the seediness and desperation it deserves but somehow keeping the sense of pleading passion it describes. (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“My personal favourite is their version of Fenton Robinson’s ‘Someone Lend Me A Dime’ – a standard on the Blues circuit but they make it sound dark and down at heel without the usual overwrought ‘passion’. Brayshaw’s guitar is subtle and even when he tears out the solo he doesn't lose the character of the song. It is a very good album, loaded with great playing and equally fine vocals… (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“Stone Cold Beautiful is up there with album titles that just fit so well that the sides slip easily into place, the join never found and the crease ironed out so flat that the harmony between man and guitar soars higher than an Eagle with a jet-pack attached to its body and an oxygen mask strapped firmly to its beak. Stone Cold Beautiful indeed, for where the listener could rightly expect Wily Bo Walker could be as charming and delightful as he has always been, this latest set of songs is almost as if the listener has been allowed a private audience and the sound of generosity of spirit is sacrosanct to the appreciation found. Whilst other albums will make perhaps a greater claim to be being a focal point of beauty, Stone Cold Beautiful has definition of character and above all two men playing throughout as if the Venus Di Milo was able to clap her hands and giggle with excitement, as befitting a muse. (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“Whilst only being six songs long, Stone Cold Beautiful adds much weight to that new adage of the modern age, less is more. It seems to work for the bands bringing though more E.P.s than albums, but it is also a double edged sword in that it also lends speculation and talk to the argument that the concentration levels of the population has regressed. For this album, whilst beautiful and stoic, also perhaps dips into that realm. Half a dozen songs or not, there is nothing quite like the quality of the arrangement and the lyrics that sit comfortably in songs such as Motel Blues, September Red and the gorgeous Killers On The Run. They blaze like a red hot poker and smoulder like a adoring gaze from a secret admirer, for that alone Wily Bo Walker is once again to be congratulated on bringing taste to the Blues deprived. A wonderful set of songs that leaves you wanting so much more. (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“This is an absolute gem (September Red - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“Sounds like Tom Waits with Carlos Santana …so good! I'm totally lost for words ('I Want To Know' from the album 'Stone Cold Beautiful' by Wily Bo Walker & E D Brayshaw)”

“It truly is beautiful (Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“With a vocal style and delivery of Tom Waits meets Bob Seger on a rain swept whisky induced night, Wily Bo has a voice that is meant to be singing the blues, bringing extra life to the lyrics by frequently lingering on every syllable in a monotone pitch. This comes especially to the fore in one of the two covers on the album, a cover of the Chicago Blues player Fenton Robinson's 'Loan Me a Dime', a blues standard that has been recorded by luminaries such as Boz Scaggs and the late Duane Allman. The other cover also plays homage to the 1970's in the guise of Loudon Wainwright 111's autobiographical 'Motel Blues', a story of a touring musician and what happens when the show is over. Wily Bo's vocal workings are complimented by the silky voice of Karena K; another of Wily Bo's long time musical associates, who tonally adds the right balance of light and shade to the whole album. (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“The album overflows with expansive guitar licks courtesy of the very talented E.D. Bradshaw who also plays every instrument on the album. From the deft Gary Moore touches on 'Somebody Loan Me a Dime' there are shades of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa and Eric Clapton elsewhere. The stonking guitar solo on the seven and a half minute melodic 'September Red' demonstrates the best of E.D.; soulful rendered chops of the highest order delivered with subtlety and panache. This is a track tailor made for night-time radio. (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“'Killers on the Run', the final and longest track on the CD at nearly ten minutes, is a powerhouse number growing from an acoustic guitar and Fender Rhodes beginning to a Hammond motif reminiscent of Benmont Tench ,and then a full on journey of rip roaring guitar and keyboard breaks. It's a song similar to classic Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers around the 'Damn the Torpedoes' era. 'Stone Cold Beautiful' spans many shades of blues but above all, it's an entertaining one and one where you might feel obliged to grab a tennis racket, play air guitar or pick up your instrument of choice and play along to. Me: I'll just pour myself the Bourbon or mescal thank you. (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“Excellent track (Storm Warning - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“This is material you can't afford to miss (Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“My favourite acapella song ever (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“...the whole album is another step forward in 21st century blues - built on the tradition, but not a slave to it. Wily Bo Walker is fast becoming a national treasure...(Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“...the amazing vocal prowess of Wily Bo Walker, guitar chops of E.D Brayshaw and great vox by Kareña K....absolutely love that ('I Want To Know' from the album 'Stone Cold Beautiful' by Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“It is unusual for The Hat to review two albums by the same artist so close together but 'Stone Cold Beautiful' has proved irresistible. This album is already getting a lot of preview air play and it is easy to see why. Just six tracks, all good, with the first and last, powerful and full-on, book-ending four beautiful moody blues noir pieces that are so laid-back they are almost horizontal. Any of these central tracks could be quite comfortably slotted into a gritty Louis Malle movie and improve it. The opening track 'Storm Warning' kicks in with a cracking six minute smack in the face with both Wily's husky vocal and his collaborator E.D Brayshaw's guitar buzzing at full gallop with all the valves open. Floating above all this are some melodic backing vocals from Kareña K beautifully complementing a terrific high-flying stramash. (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“A big change of gear for the Loudon Wainwright cover 'Motel Blues' and the lyrics of this, together with the mellow 'Loan Me A Dime' which follows it, seem purpose-built for Wily's soulful voice and E.D's beautifully paced, gentle, easy and mean guitar. These are smart track choices, as is the self-penned 'I Want to Know' which is Wily the story-teller looking mournfully for answers to the familiar blues elusive love problems. This track is also peppered with some terrific sneaky keyboard fills which give it both width and a cool Southern back bar flavour. (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“I suspect that 'September Red' is a track that will be around for a long time. It is a lengthy piece (7.30) that oozes confidence and gives everyone breathing space to strut their stuff. A beautifully constructed track that works at every level and I do hope that the radio stations can find room for it despite its length. The final number 'Killers on The Run' has E.D Brayshaw's ripping, raw guitar front and centre, taking the album to a riotous grand finale with full vocal backing and seeing us out with some urgent driving keyboard and frenetic percussive support. Leaves you breathless... (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“This is a big EP at nearly 40minutes and I gather they have plans for a Volume 2, funds permitting. I hope they go ahead. The Hat noticed that the album was final mastered at Abbey Road and certainly the arrangements and the production standards are hugely professional, giving both vocals and instruments a good balanced input. However, that is just a bonus to what is a fine album stuffed with style and talent. (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“I think it's terrific (Loan Me A Dime - Wily Bo Walker & E.D Brayshaw0”

“Wily Bo Walker is a solo singer-songwriter; on this album the Glaswegian has teamed up with guitar maestro E.D. Bradshaw to create Stone Cold Beautiful with the backing vocals from Karena K adding extra tonal range creating six tracks full of musical colour and interest. Opening with Storm Warning, a bluesy track where the storyline hits cinematic proportions when the melody rises to a crescendo and you are on the road with a storm looming and coming up fast, with its powerful blues/rock anthem guitar chords this is a six-track album heading out of the starting blocks with some mighty licks. Loudon Wainwright 111’s Motel Blues, brings some country acoustic blues into the mix a stylish delivery suiting Wily’s vocals. (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“The other cover has opening guitar that is stylish with hints of Gary Moore as the notes sear through the blues tempo and the vocals growl and draw out the words giving them a dark blue effect with the desperation of Loan Me a Dime. This is blues that is steeped in misery and the backing vocals from Karena K adds a bitter-sweet air that makes the track work so well. September Red is a melodic, full sounding track with backing vocals that take on choral proportions as autumn fades and leads to Winter Blue. The album finishes with Killers On The Run full of percussive drive and keyboards that hook you up to the lyrics sung by Wily in his distinctive gravelly Tom Waits infused vocal delivery; leaving you with a smile at Stone Cold Beautiful’s delivery of blues with a rocky attitude. (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“This is an album of six songs that span many shades of blues and for nearly forty minutes you are transported to music that entertains, and blends rock with blues in perfect proportions, it is a pity not more tracks to really explore the potential of the music they offer. (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“Just do yourself a favour, go out and get it, I'll be playing tracks from it forever I think..it's one of those album that just grabs you. E.D Brayshaw's guitar is phenomenal, Wily Bo Walker's vocals are to die for and the musicianship on it is astonishing. Just a fantastic album! (Album Review: Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“The first of what appears to be a 2015 series of three mini-albums from 2014 British Blues Vocalist nominee Wily Bo Walker, sees him team up with Karena K to deliver six tracks in their contrasting “barbed wire and angels” vocal styles. Both soulful, his adds the gruff, sub-Waitesian gravitas, whilst hers is sweeter, but no less passionate. ‘Love Will Find A Way’ sees both on the attack over a heavy doo-wop rhythm and arrangement and ‘Angels In The Night’ sweetens this to a more soulful burning, almost chain-gang groove, spacious and choral in feel as gospel harmonies, piano and sax drift in and out of the mix, until a smooth Gilmour-esque guitar coda brings it home. The downbeat gospel shuffle in ‘Did I Forget (To Tell You I Love You)’ is pure New Jersey in feel, with Walker’s upfront pleading beautifully bedded by the multi-tracked Karena backing chorus. (Album review: A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“'Rendezvous des Cheminots' is described as “film noir swing”, which describes its brass-laden late-night jazz club swing to perfection, Walker’s growl and Karena’s scatting prompts ideal foils for each other as horns blaze and guitars chime. Karena’s own ‘Light At The End Of The Tunnel’ ties it all up. Content to provide hip-swaying Sweet Inspirations backing as Wily Bo takes the lead, over nearly six minutes theirs is an exemplary vocal fusion of soulful collaboration, which, best of all, sounds spontaneous and heartfelt, a description that befits A Long Way From Heaven in its entirety. Walker’s second mini-album of 2015, Stone Cold Beautiful, co-credited to E D Brayshaw and due to be released in May 2015, is due for review in the July/August issue of R2 magazine. Moon Over Indigo, the third planned 2015 disc over his own name, is slated for "Q4 2015" release. (Album review: A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Two of the most dynamic voices in blues (Long Way To Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Ten minutes of bliss (Killers On The Run - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“...an outstanding album (Stone Cold Beautiful - Wily Bo Walker and E.D Brayshaw)”

“What a wonderful sound-scape that record has ( Long Way To Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Excellent stuff from Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K from one of my favourite albums of last year (Long Way To Heaven)”

“A Long Way From Heaven is a mini album of contrasts. Over six songs, the contrasting singers Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K deliver a set of brass heavy, swinging songs that range in intensity from full on rockers to lighter almost Doo-wop songs. Wily Bo Walker is a talented songwriter, with a distinctive voice that has the depth of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, and the weight of the much missed Joe Cocker, particularly in the opening title track. (Album review: A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Love Will Find A Way is a Doo-wop 50's inspired pastiche, whilst Angels In The Night is a brooding slow blues song, with one of those saxophone solos that is both technically perfect but dripping with emotion. Did I Forget (To Tell You I Love You) is a swinging jazz blues number, with a pleasing beat and clean guitar, and The Danny Flam Big Band add a lot of depth to Rendezvous Des Cheminots, one of those brass heavy songs which is part Bond theme, and part good time Saturday night song, whilst the E.P closes in good style with Light At The End Of The Tunnel, a slow brooding atmospheric song that shows the vocal contrasts of Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K to good effect. At only six songs, this release is a good taste of what this ensemble promises live, and promises good things for a full album. (Album review: A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“A Long Way From Heaven - the gravel of Tom Waits meets the sultry velvet of Nina Simone across a bluesy swamp! (Album review: A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“'Multi-tracked vocals and multi-layered harmonies _ and even a spot of whistling -feature on the gospel, blues, pop and pyschedelic cocktail of Wily Bo and Karena's 'Love Will Find A Way'. Lovely stuff! (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“One of my favourite albums from 2014 (A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“‘Angels In The Night’ is an atmospheric swampy and gospel tinged blues that is almost totally dominated by Wily Bo’s phrasing, save for Kareña's sonorous soprano line and counterpointed vocals. It’s also a track that captures the kind of noir vibe that seamlessly slips from their music to the lyrics. The closing Kareña K penned song ‘Light At The End Of The Tunnel’, nicely rounds off an impressive 6 track CD with a bluesy after hours feel. ‘A Long Way From Heaven ’ smokes, smoulders and burn bright by turns, as Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K redefine the blues on their own terms. (Album review: 'A Long Way From Heaven' - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Such is the versatility of Wily’s vocal on this track that he initially sounds like Tom Waits and his fellow countryman Tam White, and when he soars and growls he’s Joe Cocker in his prime. He’s also a decent guitarist too, who rarely overstays his welcome. ‘A Long Way From Heaven’ is a beautifully crafted piece of work which pays particular attention to the minutiae of the project. This extends from the rich vocal performances and well crafted arrangements to the Susan Shulman’s art work and the effective album sequencing. Thus the impressive opening ballad is followed by the handclapped, acapella, close to the mic vocal of ‘Love Will Find A Way’, with its light and shade vocal parts that gives all 6 tracks their essential dynamic. Wily and Kareña add whistle, bird song, ‘lalala’s’ and alternate lines on a totally compelling track, which although completely different to the title track is just as essential! (Album review: A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo”

“...the perfect blend of voices, inspired playing and refreshing material makes ‘A Long Way From Heaven’ a delightful introduction to a duo with a difference. This narrative and gravel voiced CD journeys through colourful narratives, sophisticated arrangements and always showcases the arresting voice of Scotsman Wily Bo Walker. The title track is a stunning introduction to a couple who weave in out of a horn led arrangements and lyrically interesting piece that you could imagine finding a home on film soundtrack. (Album review: 'A Long Way From Heaven' - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

““Wonderful sounding track (Angels In The Night - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)””

“This could well be my favourite album of 2015. (A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Such rich vocals on that (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“FIVE STAR REVIEW: I only discovered Wily Bo Walker and Karena K last week thanks to Twitter and I'd love to see them live. Really love the music, the lyrics and sounds. Fabulous! (A Long Way from Heaven - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K)”

“These guys really know how to swing and 'Rendez-Vous des Cheminots' has the kitchen sink thrown at it.. This is great big band stuff with rocking horns that is absolutely busting out all over with its call to get on the dance floor and throw some shapes. The EP closes with them all back in relaxed mood with an original number penned by Karena K, 'Light At The End Of The Tunnel' which fades us out with a beautiful bluesy sad guitar. This may not be your take on The Blues but be in no doubt, Wily Bo Walker has Blues Form. He has in the past been nominated for The British Blues Awards and his previous album with the Danny Flam Big Band was considered for a Grammy nomination. This is a polished, smart and sassy album. He's back in London in March. Take your dancin' shoes! (Album review: 'A Long Way From Heaven' - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“If you like to venture off-piste and mix your blues with some stompin' knock-em-down swing and a little relaxed mood indigo then this is your bag. Wily's voice and noir lyrics are all over these six tracks like a young liquor soaked off-spring of L.R.Phoenix and Tom Waits. It kicks off with 'A Long Way To Heaven' where the growling lyrics are supported by a delicate piano ripple, strings and a cool female vocal backing. The mood changes immediately with 'Love Will Find A Way' which is a classic dance 'doo-wah' aided and abetted by harmonies with the mellow voice of Karena K and a clear nod to the Bobby McFerrin acapella classic 'Don't Worry, Be Happy'. 'Angels In The Night' by contrast, is a noir piece, with sad sax and guitar which has 'film score' written all over it. (Album review: 'A Long Way From Heaven' - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Here’s a mini album with maximum delights. The prolific Walker (frontman in two bands – Rattlin Bone and The Mescal Canyon Troubadours – and recording a solo album) teams up with his backing singer Karena K (also his partner in blues duo The Blue Valentines!) for a memorable mix of moods in a six-track collection of classy originality in which nothing is overdone. Karena K adds the smooth complement to Wily Bo’s gravel-rash vocals. Hers is the back-up sound which hits in with just the right punctuation. Opener “Long Way to Heaven” is the brassy big ballad opener which could have been written for Joe Cocker to power out at Woodstock. Instant mood change sees the finger-clicking acappella of “Love Will Find A Way” briefly threatening to overstay its welcome but it hangs in there with cool aplenty as the duo alternate around the lead microphone. (Album review: 'A Long Way From Heaven' - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Chilly, late-night slow blues follows with “Angels In The Night” complete with moody alto sax and an expressive guitar finale, subtly added almost as a coda. “Did I Forget (To Tell You I Love You)” shows the true triumph of the duo’s contrasting vocals and again features some more fine guitar....The Danny Flam Big Band join in to add big band swing to the sassy jive of “Rendezvous Des Cheminots” before the slow-cooker finale “Light At The End Of The Tunnel,” again featuring just the right vocal light and shade and more soulful yet restrained guitar, underpinned by chunky Hammond, to complete a swaggeringly confident set. (Album review: 'A Long Way From Heaven' - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“As a whole the CD is very moody, mellow and stylised. Bo's unique gravelly vocals remain prominent throughout and it is he who provides the 'Barbed Wire' and has also penned five out of the six tracks. He would fill the late Joe Cocker's shoes admirably on the outing of the title track alone. (Album review: 'A Long Way From Heaven' - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“In your late 50s Cadillac, drop into a US diner to sample beehived, sassy blues, and then demolish a whole lot of hand percussion led Do-Wop before some late night, big band, sexy sleazy sax. The album was recorded both in London and New York, with the final gloss added by Abbey Road and this quality shows throughout. It might be a long way, but this is both Wily Bo's and Kareña's stairway...to heaven perchance? (Album review: 'A Long Way From Heaven' - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“The six tracks, Long Way To Heaven, Love Will Find A Way, Angels in The Night, the utterly superb Did I Forget (To Tell You I Love You), Rendezvous Des Cheminots and the stunning closer of Light at the End of the Tunnel tangle with the art and craft of well presented set of songs and the sight of that green dress shimmering in the moonlight of a New York night; the Devil sated and happy to have helped you dance. A Long From Heaven can only lead you to become a gumshoe, the private eye in search of their next recorded clue; it doesn't matter how long it takes, that clue will be found and prized. (Album review: 'A Long Way From Heaven' - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“This highlighted work of Walker and Karena K may seem like a small token to appease the music lover, however sometimes what seems like the barest offerings hold a multitude of beauty, the intriguing wonder of what else is to come if you go and search for it. Not a best of album, more like a scratch the surface and breathe deeply, for the rest is yet to come. If this six track album is A Long From Heaven, then perfection must be unobtainable. Throughout the album it is possible to feel yourself floating gently as a man in a smoking white tuxedo and a hot blowing trumpet reels you in, the area around 77th Street in New York bustling with the sound of expectation and a dream like quality that serenades you in the form of a devil in a flowing green dress and the smell of Cuban cigars infiltrating your senses. It may not be Heaven but there is no doubt on how heavenly it sounds. ('A Long Way From Heaven' - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10. There are combinations that are just made to make the heart swing that little faster, the amalgamation of seemingly different flavours that somehow go together and produce a slice of unexpected and much admired bliss. The album may steadfastly proclaim that it’s A Long Way From Heaven, however just an hour in the company of Wily Bo Walker and Karena K and the highly original songs that come across the innocent sounding space between speaker and ear is soon filled with the sweet resonance of angel siding up to a Blues/Jazz combo and uttering the immortal words, “Turn up the heat baby, you’re on fire!” ('A Long Way From Heaven' - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Beautiful song, you just have to listen to that till the last drop (Long Way To Heaven - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K)”

“A great little album, I highly recommend it (A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K)”

““I wake up with this song in my head, it's that good (Love Will Find A Way by Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)””

“Mighty Fine Stuff (A Long Way From Heaven- Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“The amazingly voiced Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K”

“A Long Way to Heaven is one fine collaboration by Wily Bo Walker and Karena K. With the grittiness of Wily Bo Walker's voice and the sultriness of Karena K's voice they bring you some of their greatest work so - only one thing better - hearing them perform this live!”

“Fantastic album ( A Long Way From Heaven by Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“If you like your blues with a funky feel and lush vocals, then this should be for you. The opening title track - A Long Way From Heaven - features the distinctive bass-rich raspy vocals from Wily Bo, that will surely rock your speakers. Next up is Love Will Find A Way - a do wop tune complete with birdsong. Angels in The Night is a brooding slower number with the emphasis on the vocals. The rest of the instrumentation is mixed way back in the mix with guitar only coming through towards the end. Did I Forget (To Tell You I Love You) another smaltzy slow shuffle. Rendezvous des Cheminots is more upbeat featuring horns from the Danny Flam Big Band. This really swings along very nicely. The closing track Light At The End of Tunnel was one of my personal favourites. A slow burner that just oozes style with some sympathetic guitar cutting through the vocals. All in all, a well-produced set of songs. (Album review: 'A Long Way From Heaven' - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“A Long Way From Heaven maybe a bit closer to the fires below with this very strong bit of blues and grit from a talented duo. The Devil's music at its best in this six-track extended EP or short CD album. It's really take your pick here. All tracks are gripping and wonderfully produced to provide an excellent overall result.Fretwork is excellent, swampy and slithery at times with Wily Bo Walker's vocals rasping along like a road-repair crew shoveling aggregates. This guy has a voice that would make Dean Martin seem gritty! Luckily his vocals are perfectly counterbalanced by the sweeter notes of his partner, Karena K. A positively recommended effort from an exciting, dynamic pair of quality musicians. Worth checking out. (Album review: 'A Long Way From Heaven' - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Cracking extended EP/short CD album - take your pick. 6-tracks of good, strong fare here (A Long Way From Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Stunning. Absolutely love that track...does me in completely (Long Way To Heaven - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Superb track from a superb album (Rendez-vous Des Cheminots by Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

"an extraordinary vocal performance…" ('Same Thing' - Wily Bo Walker)

“This really rings my bell (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

"2014 was a great year for Wily Bo Walker. He scored hits with The Danny Flam Big Band, Rattlin Bone, The Mescal Canyon Troubadours and Kareña K. For the 2014 British Blues Awards Bo was nominated for Best Male Vocalist and Rattlin Bone for Best Band. The single 'I Want To Know' featuring Kareña K on backing vocals, as well as the album "Wily Bo Walker & The Danny Flam Big Band" are both currently being considered for a Grammy nomination for 2015. "A Long Way From Heaven" is a six track mini album highlighting the work of Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K. Their voices, described as barbed wire and angels, bourbon and roses, work so well together."

“Two really interesting voices, go and get that (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Black and white vintage on steroids (Light At The End Of The Tunnel - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“They are an absolute talent (Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“I absolutely love that. I think it may even be better than love making. Totally blew me away. (Light At The End Of The Tunnel - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“You have the machismo and then the sexy and sassy, one of my favourite songs of the year (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Incredibly good (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Very sexy stuff indeed (Light At The End Of The Tunnel -Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K)”

“A voice to die for”

“The kind of quality we've come to expect from both these artists (Light At The End Of The Tunnel)”

“I really dig this (Love Will Find A Way -Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Beautiful Song (Light At The End Of The Tunnel - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“I love this...marvellous song (Love Will Find A Way -Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“This next song will have me smiling the rest of the day ( Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)””

“These two could sing the phone book,. I'd play it (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker And Kareña K)”

“When Wily Bo is on, I have both earphones on so I don't miss a thing”

“FIVE STAR REVIEW: Fantastic album, everything in the right measure, absolute delight. Delightful swinging drumbeat brushed in quick time, mute trumpet, sax section... that’s what goes into The Openator. Moon over indigo has a full richness to it, while the guitar blends in smooth ‘n’ easy on Jawbreaker. Funky rhythm comes in on Irritated Shadow feat. Amir Ben Haim. Long way to heaven and When the angels call your time sound heavenly with choral backing in just the right measure!”

“Barnstorming CD, I'm in love with this album (Wily Bo Walker & The Danny Flam Big Band)”

“'This has got legs...we have a freakin' hit right here' (I Want To Know, NY Funk Mix)”

“That should be played on mainstream, it gets in your head (Love Will Find A Way -Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“I just can't get this out of my head (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K”

“Nasty ass groove, love it (Walk In Chinese Footsteps)”

“I love it, that is brilliant (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K)”

“When Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K sing together they have a unique charisma. You just have to listen to the very last drop of the song in your ear”

“That is one sexy, swinging track - (Rendez-vous Des Cheminots)”

“FIVE STAR REVIEW: Wow ! This is a wonderful album ! This is a big and diverse album with style elements from traditional big band jazz, blues, cabaret, retro pop styles and more ! Wily Bo Walker & the Danny Flam Big Band sing and play with style, power, grace and virtuosic skill. Awesome recording too ! As the great Duke Ellington said, " there are two kinds of music - good and the other kind " . This is definitely the GREAT kind . Enjoy !”

“Kooky enough to be ultra cool (Love Will Find A Way -Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“When Walker's voice finally drops into the mix on Rendez-Vous Des Cheminots it hits you like your best girl talking dirty in church. It comes out of nowhere and instantly has your full attention. What more can one ask for? Wily Bo Walker and The Danny Flam Big band is crafted to take you on a journey and it does so brilliantly from beginning to end. This is the perfect album to play when you desperately need to be transported to another place.”

“If you're listening while driving don't join in with the clapping, it's infectious (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“Danny Flamtastic, that was lush (The Openator)”

“Big, rich, delicious sound of the Big Band Era (re The Openator)”

“Superb and sublime (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“When you guys break here you will have an album of hits....Freakin' Epic! (Comment on Walk In Chinese Footsteps)”

“Another one I'll be buying! That was phenomenal, bloody excellent in fact. (Love Will Find A Way - Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K)”

“damned brilliant' ' Great Tune, catchy hit !!!! Would love to see this hit the top of the charts' (Love Will Find A Way -Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“This song kills me (Rendez-vous Des Cheminots)”

“I love the drama of the production this is pure mind cinema racing through a film noir feature. Driven by sonic mojo that rivets your head all the while caressing your heart. Good night sweet heart... taking a draw on cigarette..... walking off out the shine of street lamp into a foggy night.... Angel....(Angels In The Night - Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K)”

“'love this song, got the old skool sound going on...nicely done' (Love Will Find A Way, with Kareña K)”

“This song rocks my pants off (Walk In Chinese Footsteps)”

“I absolutely love this (I Want To Know)”

“'September Red' Review: Wow, does this track causes goosebumps. Haunting harmony, nice bluesy rock feel to it with an amazing solo later on and carried on the shoulders of those great lyrics. Anyone who is a fan of Chris Rea or Mark Lanegan will adore this. Exceptional quality.”

“No two voices ever sounded better together, than Wily Bo Walker and Kareña K on this song (Long Way To Heaven)”

“Can't wait for the album, brilliant (Walk In Chinese Footsteps)”

“Tom Waits, eat your heart out (review of Long Way To Heaven)”

“'Good job I ditched my undies, Wily......makes me damp, LOL' (DJ comment on Same Thing)”

“'If Wily Bo Walker even glances at a CD we will play it'”

“Awesome tune …got my feet tapping! ('Chattahoochee Coochee Man' by Wily Bo Walker & The Mescal Canyon Troubadours)”

“Wonderful bluesy, jazzy stuff that just uplifts your soul' (Review of Rendezvous Des Cheminots)”

“Wily Bo Walker et al hit hard on The Openator, followed with a bluesy, late night Wily original, Moon Over Indigo. The depth and ability of the frontman and his band are clear to all. Pure brass-led magic.”

“'You guys have the groove tighter than a crabs derriere...and that's waterproof....I like the subtle under tacking' comment on airing of Rendezvous Des Cheminots”

“I do love it...it has that "stripper" thing going”

“'The bass is talkin!' 'Who does your charts? Great arrangements..' 'EPIC FREAKIN' BAND...' Comments re Rendezvous Des Cheminots”

“…I'm sure I will see him on LETTERMAN SOON! I know that's what I told the listeners last night! Unmistakable sound of a great musician and music…”

“'Fantastic Song' (When The Angels Call Your Time)”

“'You can never get enough Wily Bo Walker'”

“'...delicious voice..'”

"…'Jenny' gives me goosebumps…beautiful song and awesome vocals!"

"Wily Bo Walker’s voice is stratospheric. The more I listen to him sing You Don’t Know What Love Is, the more I understand the subtle interplay between melancholy and passion, the yin/yang at the heart of this Jazz Standard."

“'got one of those Joe Cocker voices' 'makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck...love it, love it, love it.... featuring Karena K, beautiful voice also...'”

“Drive goes more into soul R&B music but with a very special touch. I have listened to it 6 or 7 times one after another. Not too many songs get that from me. Wily Bo Walker has a really big thing going on…The sound is amazing.”

El Sotano Radio, Spain

“(Review of Angels In The Night). Absolutely gorgeous, works so well with both of their voices and the orchestration is absolutely astounding....this track is absolutely wonderful.....” ”

““Dirty, horn-filled boogie perfectly balanced by smoky, husky, whiskeyed vocals. Hot band on a dirty old-school Saturday night…” Florence Lamb Wily Bo Walker from Glasgow UK is ratcheting up the big band blues sound and raising the bar in hard hitting R&B. An instant classic “Drive” the debut track from Wily’s soon to drop CD “Moon Over Indigo” is driving it forward and turning up the heat. With Wily’s classic strong vocals and occasional blues wolf growl leading the way, spiced up with swinging horns and rocking string sections, on top of a solid rock foundation and you have got a great song with a lot of party energy and “Drive” captured within.We dig it and you will to. Giving you a glimpse of what awaits us on Wily’s new CD for the time being we will have to be satisfied with getting this track at iTunes until the whole disc is available. Go Get “Drive” Now! ”

“Review of 'Drive' Wily Bo Walker's gravelly, bourbon-soaked voice impresses on this debut single from forthcoming album 'Moon Over Indigo'. His vocals are bolstered by a punchy, soulful brass courtesy of the New York Horns and Keith Mack's surf rock guitar riffs, forming a sound which makes for a groundbreaking amalgamation of genres. ”

Tom Short - The Musician (Musicians Union Magazine)

“Just finished listening to debut single 'DRIVE' … it was awesome. It's such a pleasure to listen to great music that comes from the soul. Can't wait for the album.”

Music News, Scotland

“When I first heard it my reaction was wow! It's just such a big sound....very powerful, very strong sound and it's a great song (Drive) ”

“Wily Bo's version of Same Thing is… 'a grinding lap-dance of a track - all sweat and sex…'”

Pipeline

"Drive… is eclectic alternative rock and roll with a bit of big band horns and 50’s be bop guitar infused in to it…like something you’d hear in a Quentin Tarentino movie or David Lynch movie like Lost Highway…"

ANRGIRL - Nashville