The Walkervilles Prove Their Smooth Groovin' Instincts With 'Soul Brothers'
Growing up in Windsor, Ontario, for rock'n'soul trio The Walkervilles the influence of the musical mecca just across the water proved to be irresistible. Constituted from the remnants of folk/rock band Michou, as The Walkervilles Pat Robitaille, Michael Hargreaves and Stefan Cvetkovic channeled the Motor City's musical ethos to create an easy-listening, soul-soothing sound that is 'heavily influenced by Motown and Detroit rock and roll...the influence runs deep'. Catching people's attention with the their 2013 release, 'Meet The Walkervilles: Live At Mackenzie Hall', the band went on to tour Canada with Tedeschi Trucks Band, play SXSW and be named the best band in Windsor.
Led by the Robitaille's sensitive, soulful tones, the band's eclectically inspired brand of pop-inflected r'n'b, rock and soul is perfectly on display with their newly released 'Soul Brothers' EP. Traveling to Austin, Texas to work with Gordie Johnson at Willie Nelson's studio, the band have crafted a warmly engaging batch of songs that embrace their distinctive take on Motown's ear-catching melodies and the uplifting, feel good authenticity of soul music's emotional expression. Opening with the ebullience of 'Bag It Up''s B3 organ, trumpet and saxophone infused exhortation to leave your 'baggage' behind, 'Love Crazy''s thick bassline murmur, funky guitar licks and intoxicated desire follows as proof that there is no escaping The Walkervilles' knack for nailing a groove. With the muted horns and tempered harmonies of 'Heavy Blue''s 'I'm here for you in hard times' appeal showing an appreciation for the sensitivities associated with finding solidarity in hard times, The Walkervilles close out the album with the jaunty strut of 'Stone Strolling''s cock-sure, hand-drum driven swagger.
A cohesive collection of mellow, smooth groovin' songs that will just as easily engage the listener's emotions as it will urge them to hit the dance floor, The Walkervilles 'Soul Brothers' EP is a superb reminder that in a time of much musical ephemera, the heart-warming appeal of lovingly crafted, soul-inspired music is ever enduring.