Since their last release, The Dynamites & Charles Walker have spent two-and-a-half years in a furor of worldwide touring. Four tours of Europe, three of Australia, and virtually every weekend stateside spent “gettin’ up in the morning and making the world a funkier place,” to quote their nightly show-opening monologue promise, account for their soul-purveying whereabouts since the fall 2009 release of “Burn It Down.”
Now, in 2012, they lead off the next chapter of their continuing chronicle with a batch of singles from their upcoming long-player. Both duets, the first features Ms. Bettye LaVette, a longtime friend and colleague of Charles Walker; and the second joins him with breathtaking Verve/Universal recording artist, Lucy Woodward.
Along the way, through the forge of touring, some lineup changes, and a more developed understanding of each member’s greatest strengths, The Dynamites has evolved from a neck-jerking, backbone-slipping high octane funk/soul freight train to a well-rounded soul machine that takes very seriously its sacred mandate of carrying the torch of “real” soul music forward… (with plenty of the high octane backbone-slipping still in there)
Charles Walker continues his age-defying prowess, at the top of his powers; strong and getting stronger. The Dynamites continue their relentless commitment to the greatest, most positive and celebratory musical art form in America. And together, they continue to passionately deliver the word here and abroad. Get ready, all you heartstrings and dancefloors, for Round 3 of The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker.
During that time, resulting from many seemingly destiny-laden chance meetings with Bettye LaVette on the festival circuit, Charles reconnected with his fellow soul music veteran, whose story had in many ways continued to unfold parallel to his. In the early 1960s, both went to New York to begin their professional careers as soul singers. Both succeeded there during the golden era of soul/R&B, in its epicenter. Both recorded for a long and distinguished list of American and international soul record labels. Both, in the 1960s, shared the front-stage spotlight fronting house bands at Small’s Paradise; the legendary Harlem venue that hosted, for work and for play, all of the giants of soul, R&B, and jazz, during those genres’ undisputed brightest, most fruitful period. Both have experienced resurgences buttressed by a revitalization of true soul music, itself. And now, both come together in this new century, for the first time on a recording, to display their incredible, ageless talents and powerful facilities as true soul music veterans in top form.