Marvin Gaye once said “I was born between two desires;” a quote that could likely stand for all
those called to a life-long delivery of soul music. With its roots planted deep in countless
dichotomies, soul’s exquisite push-and-pull continues today with greater and greater magnitude,
evidenced by Grammy sweeps and a solidifying field of true-soul purveyors, the way it was…the
way it is…and the way it shall be.
The Dynamites & Charles Walker, having cast their lot in 2008 with the head-spinning “Kaboom!”
and in 2010 with the powerful “Burn It Down,” are now set to embark on Round 3 of their
unfolding story with an ambitious double-album set, led off with a pair of singles. Both duets, the
first features Ms. Bettye LaVette, a longtime friend and colleague of Charles Walker; and the
second joins him with breathtaking Verve/Universal recording artist, Lucy Woodward.
Since their last release, The Dynamites & Charles Walker have spent two years in a furor of
worldwide touring. Four tours of Europe, three of Australia, and virtually every weekend stateside
spent “gettin’ up in the morning and making the world a funkier place,” to quote their nightly
show-opening monologue mantra, account for their soul-sending whereabouts since the release of
“Burn It Down.” Along the way, through the hard forge of touring and a healthy evolution, The
Dynamites has grown from a neck-jerking, backbone-slipping high octane funk/soul freight train to
a well-rounded soul machine playing to its front man’s greatest strengths. (p.s.—with plenty of high
octane backbone-slipping still present, don’t worry)
Highlights abound, with standouts including opening slots for The Dave Matthews Band; major
festival plays at Outside Lands, Byron Bay Bluesfest, Bonnaroo, ACL, Montreal Jazz, Geneva
Music and Woodford Folk; and two appearances for France’s Canal+, on the programs La
Musicale and L’Album de la Semaine
Also during that time, resulting from many seemingly destiny-laden chance meetings with Bettye
LaVette on the festival circuit, Charles reconnected with his fellow soul music veteran, whose story
had in many ways continued to unfold parallel to his. In the early 1960s, both went to New York
to begin their professional careers as soul singers. Both succeeded there during the golden era of
soul/R&B, in its epicenter. Both recorded for a long and distinguished list of American and
international soul record labels. Both, in the 1960s, shared the front-stage spotlight fronting house
bands at Small’s Paradise; the legendary Harlem venue that hosted, for work and for play, all of
the giants of soul, R&B, and jazz, during those genres’ undisputed brightest, most fruitful period.
Both have experienced resurgences buttressed by a revitalization of true soul music, itself. And
now, both come together in this new century, for the first time on a recording, to display their
incredible, ageless talents and powerful facilities as true soul music veterans in top form.
Charles Walker continues his age-defying prowess, at the peak of his powers—strong and getting
stronger. The Dynamites continue their relentless commitment to the greatest, most positive and
celebratory musical art form in America. And together, they continue to passionately deliver the
word here and abroad. Get ready, all you heartstrings and dance floors, for Round 3 of The
Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker.