Let’s “Steal Away” from all this

There’s nothing like listening to an album three times in a row. Admittedly, I was cleaning house and fielding calls from relatives about the impact of the novel coronavirus on our community, so it wasn’t always a deep listen. But after three laps of Walter “Wolfman” Washington’s My Future is My Past, I have a better understanding of what he’s done with his latest release. Go ahead and listen to the show which starts with his song while you read on from here.

I don’t know if I really knew what to make of Washington’s album when I picked it up last year. A highly regarded guitarist who can lay down funk, blues and R&B licks, his latest release gives him the opportunity to show off his soulful side. His singing takes front stage, though his guitar is very much evident throughout the album. This week’s show features his original “Steal Away” and I’ll be sharing more gems from his album in later shows.

After Washington, we move quickly into Anders Osborne territory with “Standing With Angels” followed by Buckwheat Zydeco’s “Let Your Yeah be Yeah” (a song made famous by Jimmy Cliff) and Billy Iuso’s cover of Little Feat’s “Spanish Moon” with Kirk Joseph on sousaphone.

If you’re looking for jazz you’ll have to wait until the second hour cause I also provide a double shot of Galactic (playing locally next week) as well as Trombone Shorty and Rebirth Brass Band (scheduled for April in the Northwest). A sweet country set follows with Sweet Cecilia and also The Hackberry Ramblers and The Deslondes.

Lots more to explore if you listen to the whole show. Thanks for tuning in.

Author: Tim Sweeney

Host of Sweeney's Gumbo YaYa - a two-hour radio show featuring the music of New Orleans -- every Thursday starting at 10 a.m. (PST) on community radio station KAOS 89.3 FM Olympia, Washington -- www.kaosradio.org. Show also airs on Fridays, 7 p.m., KMRE, 102.3 FM, Bellingham.

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