Rhett Walker Band

Rhett Walker Band

When you’re a touring artist, logistics are the name of the game. So, what do you do when you find yourself across the country with no shows, no time to bus back and no money to fly home? You start demoing new songs right where you’re at. This is exactly what happened when the members of the Rhett Walker Band found themselves in Las Vegas short on time and low on cash. They parked their bus in the parking lot of a casino, walked across the street to a Home Depot and bought a grill (so they could easily fix all their meals without leaving their “camp site”) and started unloading their gear onto the steaming asphalt. The band affectionately refers to this week as the “Trailer Trash Sessions.” This non-traditional, make-shift studio was where Rhett Walker Band’s sophomore effort, Here’s to the Ones (Essential/Sony), began to take shape. The result is the purest version of the band members’ musical talent and vision thus far. “We wrote this record that we believed in, and it was just the four guys in the band,” recalls the group’s frontman. “We [felt like we couldn’t] go home and write this with writers who aren’t a part of our daily lives. They’re not out on the road missing their wives; they’re not seeing the same things we are… We’re in the middle of it.”

Since their 2012 debut, Come to the River, the band has toured non-stop, spending more time on the road than at home. “We’ve always been that blue collar kind of band that’s just hard work and dreams; and you put them together, and you make something happen,” says Walker. The debut effort generated the band’s first Top 10 hit, “When Mercy Found Me,” and garnered Walker a GRAMMY© nomination. In addition, since its inception, the band has been invited twice to perform on the Grand Ole Opry—a stage they were comfortable on since a blend of country and southern rock define their well-honed sound.

The band members’ southern breeding shows up on all 11 tracks on Here’s to the Ones. Walker hails from South Carolina, while Kenny Davis (drums) is a Texas native. Kevin Whitsett (bass) is from North Carolina, and Joe Kane (guitar) grew up in Oklahoma. The four men met in Nashville five years ago, drawn together by a collective love of music and a desire to pursue a career recording and touring.

“Where we’re from, it’s trucks and tractors and dirt roads,” Walker shares. “Everybody grows up and works around the same place and no one really leaves that town.” They may have grown up hog hunting and fishing, but the members of the Rhett Walker Band all individually discovered a love of music early on. Their diverse influences—ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Marshall Tucker Band to Tonic and The Wallflowers—are expertly woven throughout the album. Paul Moak (Third Day, Mat Kearney) served as the producer on every track, with the exception of two cuts produced by Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Dave Barnes).

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