An incredibly gifted vocalist whose warm and sometimes gruff bass-baritone has been heard often, Vicksburg, Miss. native Terry Evans has a list of recording and performing credits that many session singers would kill for.
Evans and his one-time partner, Bobby King, were a murderously good soul duo, laying down old school Stax/Volt grooves that were certainly in a league with Sam & Dave. Eventually they hooked up with Ry Cooder, and their astounding tandem vocals became a featured part on four of the guitarist's albums.
Running the gamut of the harp-spiced "The Story of My Life," the spiritual tone of "Don't Give Up" and the wailing "Credit Card Blues." Rounding out the CD is raspy covers of "A Stone's Throw Away," "Dancin' With Your Belly" and "Let's Have a Ball."
Produced by Joe Harley, Evans' longtime producer, "Walk That Walk" features guitar slinger Cooder and drummer Jim Keltner on all nine tracks. Also joining the session is keyboardist Jeff Alviani, saxophonist Gil Bernal, bassist Kenny Dew, harpist John "Juke" Logan, guitarist Jesse Samsel and vocalists Willie Green Jr. and Ray Williams.
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