Walter "Wolfman" Washington
and the Roadmasters
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Boulder Blues Site
Walter "Wolman" Washington brought both his Roadmasters and Louisiana brand of rhythm & blues to the Railhead last night. And their "brand" is not your usual blend of bayou funk as they started the set with the Miles Davis jazz classic "Freedy Freeloader".
"Wolfman" and the band then took off and never looked back as they played a mix of covers. These included "Use Me" from Bill Whiters, the soulful "Nobody's Fault But Mine" by Otis Redding, a funky "Skin Tight" by the Ohio Players, and the blusely "Chokin' Kind" from Roy Buchanan.
Originals like "Glasshouse", "Girl I Wanna Dance With You", and "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City" were some of the night's highlights. Covers or originals, there wasn't a throwaway in the bunch. This tight group took us on a musical journey spanning past and present.
Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters just may be the best rhythm & blues band around today. Whether it's R&B, Jazz, Blues, Soul, or Funk, they play it all without hesitation. If you're into all kinds of music, like to dance, or just listen, this band is a must see.
The Roadmasters are a dynamic unit featuring Walter Washington guitar and vocals, Kevin O'Day drums, Jack Cruz bass, Tom Worrell organ, Larry Carter trumpet and flute, and Tom Fitzpatrick on tenor saxophone.
My special thanks to Tom Fitzpatrick for his help with song titles and names of band members.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2001 Moondog Productions
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