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Uncle Walt's Band debut gets reissued

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 – The debut album from Uncle Walt's Band, the group featuring Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood and David Ball, will be reissued in late March.

A remastered version of "Uncle Walt's Band" with 11 previously unreleased bonus tracks will be available on CD, LP and digital from Omnivore Recordings on March 29, 2018. New liner notes come by the words of Hyatt, Hood and surviving member David Ball, plus fellow artists Lyle Lovett, Marcia Ball, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Marshall Chapman, and journalists Peter Cooper, Doug Freeman and Michael Hall.

New liner notes include a history of each re-pressing of this private-press classic (reissued six times with different covers and sequence variations back in the '70s).

The group, originally from Spartanburg, S.C., was an eclectic music trio that moved to Nashville in 1972 and, shortly thereafter, to Austin at the urging of singer/songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey. An attempt at an album with Ramsey at the helm was unsuccessful, so the band headed back to Spartanburg in 1974 to produce its own debut LP, "Blame It on the Bossa Nova."

The original self-released vinyl edition -1,000 copies sold through performances and self-promotion - sold quickly. The group returned to Austin with a reissue of the album, then called "Uncle Walt's Band."

After taking brief hiatus, they recorded a second album, "An American in Texas," released in 1980, followed by a live album, "Recorded Live," in 1982. (A cassette-only release of studio sessions, "6-26-79," was also released along the way.

Uncle Walt's Band gained a following in Texas, but not "King Tears," produced by Lyle Lovett) and performed on Austin City Limits. Hood became a Texas Music Hall of Fame sideman playing for Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker and others, and Ball had country hits with "Thinkin' Problem" and "Riding With Private Malone."

The first-ever, career-spanning "Anthology: Those Boys From Carolina, They Sure Enough Could Sing..". was released earlier this year.

Awareness increased when David Ball & That Carolina Sound supported it on tour. Actor/animator Mike Judge included two tracks on HBO's "Silicon Valley" last year. The band is featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame's current exhibition, "Outlaws & Armadillos."

The track listing is:
1. Ruby
2. Dish Wiped Clean
3. Little Sadie
4. High Hill
5. Four 'Till Late
6. Undecided
7. Gimme Some Skin
8. Seat Of Logic
9. Don't You Think I Feel It Too
10. In The Night
11. Aloha

LP download & CD bonus tracks:
12. After You've Gone (Demo)
13. Your Father's Frown (Demo)
14. Lonely In Love (Demo)
15. Tuxedo Tale (Demo)
16. Rollin' My Blues (Demo)
17. Time On My Hands (Demo)
18. Rock Island Line (Demo)
19. Since You've Been Gone (Live)
20. Early Riser (Live)
21. Trap For Two (Live - Waterloo Ice House)
22. Betty (Live - Waterloo Ice House)

CD reviews for Uncle Walt's Band

Uncle Walt's Band CD review - Uncle Walt's Band
The self-titled debut album from Uncle Walt's Band already had a retro feel when it was initially released in 1974 with its appealing mix of jazz, folk, blues and country. The Spartanburg, S.C. trio of Walter Hyatt (guitar, vocals), Champ Hood (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, vocals) and David Ball (bass, vocals) became mainstays of the Austin music scene of the '70s following this effort. This reissue includes 11 previously unreleased tracks that nicely complement the original 11 tunes. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Henry comes out the other end a better man – Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it – Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker. Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
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