By Staff Writer Mike Hall of The DJ Guys
Vann “Piano Man” Walls
The Evening” Released Jan. 1, 1997 Les Disques Bros. Records
How many Blues &
Boogie artists were actually born in Kentucky? Well I at least know of one. Vann “Piano Man” Walls was born in
Middlesboro, Kentucky way back in 1918 but grew up in Charleston, West “By God” Virginia. After years recording
on his own and working with some of the greats ( Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, The Clovers, to name a few) he was a fixture
on the blues festivals circuit. This recording, released just two years before his death in 1999 at the age of 80, highlights
his fantastic piano work and shows off his boogie woogie ability to the max. Just take a listen to “Drinking Wine”, “Unlock These Chains”, and his great rendition of “Honky Tonk”
, a version even I will play because of it’s great sound and boppin’ quality.
He slows it down a bit on “The Blonde Next Door”, but it still simmers with a funky slow blues beat that
will entice our dancers (east & west). Check this out to hear a legacy that has been forgotten. You won’ be disappointed.