The Upshot: Roots rocker truly “comes alive” onstage in Pennsylvania and leaves the audience demanding more—encore!
BY JOHN B. MOORE
It seems rather apt that the eclectic Americana roots musician Seth Walker would choose to record his live album in the quiet, unassuming Mauch Chuck Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA. Much like the venue, Walker’s not trendy or flashy, but timeless and damn is he ever impressive.
Though the set captured on the album is only nine tracks long – recorded last May – it gives a perfect snapshot of Walker’s brilliant live act. From the onstage banter to the drawn-out jams that veer from folk and bluegrass into blues and jazz territory at times. Tracks like the seven-minute long “Call My Name” and the New Orleans-inspired “2’ Left to the Ceiling” and “Way Past Midnight” go a long way to show his musical depth. He also gives a beautiful, stripped down rendition of Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” accompanied by accordion.
With nine albums to his name, Walker had more than enough material to put out a live record twice as long, but sticking to that adage, he clearly leaves you wanting more.
DOWNLOAD: “Call My Name,” “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and “Way Past Midnight”