Hailing from regional Victoria, Indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for the land, the people, summer vibes and deep grooves are the elements that reach the soul. Latest offering ‘Oh No You Don’t’ was written at Walker’s home in Moama and recorded at Way Of The Eagle studios in Melbourne with ARIA Award winning Producer Jan Skubiszewski (The Cat Empire, John Butler Trio, Dan Sultan). ‘Oh No You Don’t’ heralds in a new direction in sound for Benny Walker. Mixing Blues and Roots with a contemporary soul vibe the song sees a strengthening of the vocal and its range. The song is written as a triumph over, and a big “F you” to mental illness. Feeling that you’ve learnt to, for the most part, be one step ahead of anxiety, knowing the familiar warning signs and using your own experience to deal with it.
Benny has performed alongside some of Australia’s finest, including Archie Roach, Blue King Brown, Tim Rogers and Vika and Linda Bull, and was awarded Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award for Best New Talent in 2012. In recent years he has performed at some of the country’s best-loved festivals, including Moomba, Woodford, St Kilda Festival and Blue Mountains Music Festival, and has also taken the plunge into the Canadian festival circuit. An accomplished solo performer, Walker is regularly joined on stage by his band, where he replaces his acoustic guitar with a Telecaster and indulges his passion for the big blues-rock sound.
On his 2013 album Sinners and Saints’ Walker joined forces with ARIA Award winning producer Shane O’Mara, drawing on O’Mara’s expertise to bring out a more organic, textured sound. The album gained praise from the musical community.
BENNY WALKER – TOUR DATES
July 15th: Birdhouse Bar, Wagga Wagga
July 16th: Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
July 23rd: Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo
July 24th: Shamrock Hotel, Echuca
July 29th: Shebeen, Melbourne
August 4th: Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
August 5th: Caledonian Hotel, Wonthaggi