William Clark Green

Proud Larry's Presents...

William Clark Green

Seth Walker

Fri · March 2, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 18 and over

William Clark Green
William Clark Green
With two critically esteemed album releases already under his belt, William Clark Green is back and this time it is getting personal. Give Green a pen and paper and he is a lyrical force to be reckoned with. On his critically acclaimed third release, Rose Queen, he is puts it all on the line and makes absolutely no apologies. “Songwriting is reality. People are scared to put reality on paper, but this is 10 times more reality than my past work,” he explains bluntly. The past few years have been consumed with Green touring heavily in the booming Texas scene and persistently writing a plethora of songs that are pulled from true to life experiences. Green has adamantly pushed his boundaries as a writer revealing, “Songwriting is exactly what is in your heart, in my opinion, it is not about writing a hit. It is about revealing your heart and your feelings on the paper.”

The music on Rose Queen ranges from the familiar Cajan flare he is known for on "Let's Go" to the highly reflective and introspective "Welcome to the Family." In the candidly honest lead single, "It's About Time," Will tackles the harsh reality that a significant relationship must end. He explains, “I think the new record will connect with a certain demographic of people who have been effected by something in their lives and therefore can identify with my stories.”

Not only has Green raised the bar with his seasoned writing and musicianship, he also enlisted a team of powerhouses to mold his full package of artistry. Music industry veteran Rachel Loy was recruited to undertake producing the new record. Green declares, “I was sold on her in just 30 minutes. She installs confidence and challenges me to be better.” Also, in the last year he signed with new management, 415 Entertainment, as well as landed a booking deal with Nashville’s Paradigm Agency. For the first time, Green embraced the nature of co-writing and included 4 tracks of co-writes on the new album.

William Clark Green is definitely no stranger to the music scene; he knew at the ripe age of 13 that he would embrace his passion and work vigorously in order to make a name for himself. As a 7th grader with substantial ambition, he began receiving guitar lessons and spending free time with his cousin writing music and bouncing ideas off of one another. Green draws inspiration from his personal musical hero Willis Allan Ramsey, as well as his father who Green has fond memories of with a guitar in hand.

While attending college at Texas Tech University, Green played for a live audience whenever he could and steadily gained notoriety on the Texas music scene. He credits the Blue Light in Lubbock as his unofficial home, where he spent many nights honing on his craft and gaining a loyal army of followers.

Rose Queen has already marked a number of milestones for the young storyteller. The debut single, “It’s About Time”, was welcomed at radio with open arms and earned William’s first Top Ten song on Texas Radio. The momentum did not stop there as his follow up single, “She Likes The Beatles,” recently scored the #1 position on both the Texas Music Chart (TMC) and the Texas Regional Radio Report (TRRR) in seemingly the blink of an eye. At this rate, the sky is the limit as everyone waits to see what William Clark Green has up his sleeve next. The full album released on April 30, 2013.
Seth Walker
Seth Walker
“Sometimes you have to remind yourself why you started something in the first place,” muses Seth Walker. On his stellar new album, ‘Gotta Get Back’ due out September 2nd, he does precisely that, excavating the roots of his love affair with music and reuniting with the family that helped spark the fire all those years ago. The record is as remarkable as the story behind it, which stretches from Walker’s childhood living on a commune in North Carolina to stints in Austin, Nashville, New York and New Orleans.

Produced by The Wood Brothers’ drummer and keyboardist Jano Rix, ‘Gotta Get Back’ is the ninth release in Walker’s extensive catalog, which has garnered critical acclaim around the world for nearly two decades. NPR hailed his “hard-driving” songs and “sweet tenor,” while the Washington Post praised his “soulful croon,” and the Wall Street Journal fell for his “tasty mix of blues and R&B.” He cracked the Top 20 on the Americana Chart and toured the world countless times over, from festival stages to dates with The Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster, among others.

When it came time to record ‘Gotta Get Back,’ though, Walker was caught up in the elusive dance with the muse, fatigue of the road, and the slippery slope & inevitable collision of art and business. In search of inspiration and rejuvenation, he turned to the people that taught him the joys of making music in the first place: his family.

“My whole family was very musically and artistically inclined, and it goes back generations” explains Walker. “My grandfather was in the Navy band and served in WWII aboard the USS Hornet aircraft carrier in the South Pacific. He later became a band and choir director, and got my father into music, who now teaches cello and Irish fiddle. My mother also came from an amazingly broad minded, forward-thinking family that encouraged the arts and and she became a violinist and talented artist. A sense of expression was coming from all sides”

From an early age, Walker and his sister trained on cello and violin, but they were exposed to a wide variety of musical influences living communally with another family.

“There were nine of us living in this log house together,” says Walker, “and the father of the other family that we lived with loved Texas country music such as Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker and Guy Clark. The honesty of that music unknowingly left a real mark on me.”

One of Walker’s uncles is an accomplished jazz bassist who hosted a blues radio show in Jacksonville, Florida. Each week he would faithfully send the young budding musician cassette tapes of the broadcasts, exposing him to legends T-Bone Walker, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Son House, and Lightnin’ Hopkins, to mention a few. Another uncle is an incredible luthier with Moriah Guitarworks, and Walker recruited him to build a custom acoustic guitar for the ‘Gotta Get Back’ sessions.

Keeping it all in the family was a priority, so while much of the album was recorded at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground studio in Nashville, Walker gathered his sister along with his parents, who had been divorced for 20 years, back in North Carolina to record the album’s beautiful, sweeping string parts, all of which were arranged by his father.

“I wanted to see if we could throw our worlds together,” says Walker, “so I sent my dad the new music along with some Al Green, Louis Armstrong, old Ray Charles and Nelson Riddle string arrangements to check out. He sent me back parts for these new songs that were so beautiful, and then we were off to the races. The family and I got together along with some friends in Chapel Hill for these sessions and it was an amazing experience that really brought us a lot closer. It was very special to me for them to be able to put everything else aside so we could play music together for the first time in many years. A dream come true. We had the strings set up in a semi-circle and I was right there with them singing and playing guitar. It about brought a tear to this old boy’s eye.”

‘Gotta Get Back’ opens up with the funky “High Time,” a song co-written with longtime collaborator Gary Nicholson and referencing Walker’s newly adopted home of New Orleans. The city proved to be a fount of inspiration for Walker, who penned a number of songs on the album there, including the swampy “Fire In The Belly” and Caribbean-influenced “Dreamer.”

“I lived in Austin for 15 years, and as I got more into songwriting, I was led me to music hub of Nashville. But ultimately, the raw, inspired, blues and jazz of the southland called me to New Orleans,” explains Walker. “The city is just so perfectly crooked. It’s kind of unhinged down there, there’s not much calculation, and that can be a really good thing as an artist to help you get that looseness back. I think I unlearned some things in a good way there.”

Stylistically, the album is as eclectic as anything Walker’s recorded. On “Back Around,” a collaboration with Oliver Wood, he channels his love of classic gospel, while “Movin’ On” blends elements of country, soul, and Paul Simon-esque folk. “Way Past Midnight” utilizes dual drummers to capture the buzz of and excitement of his first trips to New York City. As varied as the music gets, though, it never feels scattered, and Walker is quick to credit those around him in the studio for helping to connect all the dots between the album’s moments of delicate intimacy and fierce funkiness.

“Jano, as producer, has a gift of allowing music to ‘unfold,’ and it’s a beautiful thing,” says Walker. “It’s a mysterious, elusive endeavor. It’s kind of like holding a bird in your hand: not too loose and not too tight. We covered some ground stylistically with this album, and his sense of sound, vibe, and composition was paramount in making it cohesive, as was our engineer, Mike Poole. He’s all about capturing a performance and understanding the balance of musicality, sonic fidelity and unpolished, undeniable grease.”

While travel and movement are recurring themes throughout the record, the heart and soul of the album lay in the idea of home and family, of looking to the past in order to find your way into the future. Facing doubt and uncertain of his next steps, Walker was able to dig deep and find his way by reconnecting with the place in which he grew up with the loved ones who ultimately set him on his life’s path.

“My family always encouraged me, from my childhood, to the early dive bars, to the open mic days (when I’m sure they had their doubts), to where the journey has taken me now,” reflects Walker. “They have been the engine and inspiration that drives me to continue this zany beautiful life of music. I think that the communal feeling of making this record with these people takes me back to my early roots in North Carolina. We all gotta take our turn tending to the garden.”

Or as Walker sings on the title track, “I’ve gotta get back / Before I can move ahead,” and he does both here with startling beauty and striking sophistication.
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