June 1, 2002
ittle Toby Walker is a guitarist, singer, songwriter and storyteller whose music draws from traditional and contemporary blues, folk, ragtime, and country. A remarkable, humorous and entertaining storyteller, Toby paints pictures of his travels in the minds of each member in the audience. He can tell you of his hitch-hiking across the country, riding freight trains and learning the blues at the feet of old time blues musicians.
oby just recently won the prestigious 2002 Memphis International Blues Challenge Award best Solo act a great honor for a local Long Islander who has honed his skills on the stages of the coffee houses and blues joints all around our area.
e fingerpicks his guitar as it were an extension of his soul Toby’s ancient 1929 National Steel guitar rings with the power that only a soul man can give, and his electric forays are stirring reminders of the emotional impact that challenging music can produce on both the maker and his audience.
ool Hand" is Little Toby Walker's newest CD with fifteen great cuts, which he is officially releasing at our concert tonight. We can expect to hear many songs from it, including the very funny Give Me That On Line Religion (on G.O.D. dot com) that Toby premiered on our very stage late last year.
alker has researched the music of the blues by making several field trips throughout the south and learning from such masters as Eugene Powell, James Son Thomas, Jack Owens, Etta Baker, Turner Foddrell and R.L Burnside. He has contributed articles which were published in the magazine Blues Revue, and he has opened shows for numerous artists including Taj Mahal, John Hammond, James Cotton, Johnny Winter, Paul Oscher, Lonnie Brooks, Johnny Copeland, Bobby Radcliff, John Sebastion, Chris Smithers, Cliff Eberhardt, Eric Bibb and J.J. Cale.
he magic and excitement of his musicianship is beautifully enhanced by his depth of knowlege and warm audience rapport. Seldom do you have the treat of hearing perfomers who have learned their material directly from the original source. The tales of his travels in the South add delightful seasoning to the hearty banquet of his program.
Others have praised his performances:
Download and play a song from the new Cool Hand album: Sleeping Alone
Link to eight song cuts from Toby's first CD: or to his web site